In July, Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath TD, confirmed that the Rehabilitative Training Allowance is to be discontinued from 1st September for new applicants.
The allowance, worth €31.80 per week, is currently available to 2,300 young people who have a disability, who are leaving school and going on to do a Rehabilitative Training Programme.
Discontinuing it will have a devastating impact on hundreds of young school leavers with a disability who are set to take up Rehabilitative Training programmes next month.
The allowance is a clear recognition of the fact that these young people need extra support during this difficult transition into further education or work. It facilitates young students to pay for travel and basic sustenance to attend training courses that can be far from their homes, particularly in rural Ireland.
We believe that abolishing this allowance will make life unnecessarily harder for hundreds of young people leaving school this summer. For many, it will mean not being able to take up a place on the Rehabilitative Training Programme.
We are asking your public representatives to prevent this allowance from being axed. Add your voice to ours by emailing your local councillors, TD and Senator using the link here. Together we can save the Rehabilitative Training Allowance.
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