Cyprus Mail

Disabled say GMI ignores them

By George Psyllides

THE Cyprus Paraplegics Association said yesterday it was not satisfied with the provisions of the Guaranteed Minimum Income and urged its members not to file applications before they had a chance to discuss their disagreements with the government.

The association said in a statement that the GMI did not afford people with disabilities the same allowances as the previous law – Public Assistance – but their concerns had been ignored.

The association said their disagreement with a provision making single adults up to the age of 28 responsible for looking after their disabled parents, was also ignored.

“We consider this an insult to people with disabilities; it hurts their dignity and constitutes an effort to transfer the responsibility for looking after poor disabled people on their adult single children aged up to 28,” the association said.

The association said it expected the move to cause serious family problems and create financial burdens for the adult children of disabled people.

It urged its members not to apply for the GMI before they met the labour minister to discuss the matter.

The deadline to apply is August 11.

The association asked its members to wait until August 1, and did not rule out taking measures that aim to protest their dignity and fundamental rights.

GMI is a government effort to overhaul social welfare by bundling all welfare benefits into a single scheme, with the simultaneous creation of a universal welfare recipient registry to help weed out duplications and abuse of the system.

Using indicative figures including the average cost of rent in Cyprus, cost of living and entertainment and others, the government has arrived at a base figure of €480, with several items added depending on family, employment and income status.

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