Gov’t plans allowance cuts for the disabled

The Labor Ministry is planning serious cuts to allowances and benefits for disabled people, according to the head of the Confederation of Disabled People.

Yiannis Vardakastanis told Skai radio on Saturday that the new regulation determining the disability rate will immediately affect people with transplants, autism, thalassaemia, diabetes or bearing the HIV virus. That is because disability rates are reduced to such a level that is marginally within the provisions for allowances and free medical treatment.

Vardakastanis added that the feedback of the disabled was only requested after the new regulation for assessing disability rates had been drafted.

Athina Dretta, the ministry?s general secretary for Social Security, told Skai radio that there may be some disharmony in the regulation, but this will be corrected soon.

She added that there is no decision made yet about a horizontal cut in benefits.