Tsipras pledges support for paraplegics


Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday met with representatives of the Greek Association of Paraplegics who have been protesting government plans to reduce their monthly disability benefits and pensions.

Speaking after the meeting, association president Athanassios Viglas said Tsipras pledged to scrap a 6 percent cut to the disability allowance and to reduce the ENFIA property tax that paraplegic citizens have to pay.

According to Viglas, the leftist premier also promised to examine their request to have the disability threshold for the so-called EKAS allowance lowered, making it available to pensioners with a disability rate of at least 67 percent, down from 80 percent today.