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Disability pensions to be reviewed

LABOUR Minister Zeta Emilianidou and Health Minister Petros Petrides on Thursday agreed to re-examine the whole process for granting disability pensions.

Speaking after a meeting between the two, Emilianidou said technical groups would be set up to discuss the issue and table recommendations for a new system within a month to the two ministers.

The ministers will then pass on the proposals to the cabinet for approval.

Asked if this meant disability pensions would be reduced, the labour minister said it was not a question of reductions, but of procedures which must be implemented to ensure disability pensions are given to those who really need them.

“We are talking about the correct criteria,” she added.

For his part, Petrides said there was no issue of abuse of the existing system. However, the system needed reviewing after a cabinet decision was taken aimed at setting fairer criteria for granting disability pensions.


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