Dáil Éireann - Volume 530 - 20 February, 2001
Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.
Dr. Upton Dr. Upton
236. Dr. Upton asked the Minister for Health and Children if he will review the blind welfare allowance, his views on whether this payment is becoming irrelevant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4697/01]
Mr. Martin Mr. Martin
Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): The Department of Health and Children is participating on a working group which is reviewing illness/disability schemes and is chaired by the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs. This review is being undertaken as part of the programme of expenditure reviews agreed between line Departments and the Department of Finance as a means of ensuring the efficient use of the resources at their disposal. The blind welfare allowance is being considered in this context. My Department is also undertaking an examination of disability related allowances which come under its aegis and are administered by the health boards, including blind welfare allowance.
Dáil Éireann 530 Written Answers. Social Welfare Benefits.