It's been confirmed that hundreds of young school leavers with a disability who take up training programmes this autumn are to have a special allowance axed.

The rehabilitative training (RT) allowance, worth €31.80 a week per student, will no longer be paid to new entrants.

It comes as the HSE is struggling with a deficit of €116m.

The HSE says adults who are currently attending programmes will continue to receive the RT allowance until they complete their programme, however new entrants to training after September 1 will not receive the allowance.

The issue was raised in the Dail yesterday by Sligo Fianna Fail TD Eamon Scanlon, who called on the  Taoiseach to reconsider removing this training allowance from people with a disability -Deputy Scanlon described the decision as scandalous....

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