Sinn Féin councillor, Padraig Fallon, has highlighted the need for adequate resources and funds to be put in place so that those awaiting Personal Assistance Hour increases can avail of these changes as soon as possible.
Speaking at the recent January Council meeting, Cllr Fallon noted: “For many adults living with a disability, the provision of practical and financial support for independent living options is a significant barrier to social inclusion and independence.”
“I am aware of a case where it is acknowledged that an individual needs increased hours – Is entitled to increased hours - has been put on a priority waiting list last September for increased PA support and yet this individual has not yet received an increase in hours,” noted Cllr Fallon.
The Sinn Féin councillor said that it was important that such approvals be processed as soon as possible and, more importantly, translate into actual hours as soon as possible.
He received unanimous backing for his motion calling for the Minister for Health to ensure that there were adequate resources in place.
The Council will now write to the Minister seeking assurances on the funding and resourcing of the Personal Assistants.