The cabinet has restored an extra disability allowance axed by the previous administration as part of an austerity drive.
The issue relates to a monthly social cohesion endowment of €142, granted to disabled people on top of their normal disability allowance to cover basic needs like water, heating, and electricity.
Discontinuing the allowance was decided by the Demetris Christofias administration in December 2012 – three months before its term expired – and was post-dated to come into effect on January 1, 2014.
The cabinet also authorised the finance minister to recover the cost of restoring the allowance from other sources.
The allowance will continue to be paid to recipients until the new social welfare system – termed the Minimum Guaranteed Income – is implemented, in July 2014.