Disabled persons who work or study in Cyprus, are entitled to mobility allowance. According to the Mobility Allowance for Persons with Disabilities Law of 1980 – 2011 the beneficiary must be considered permanently disabled by a Multidisciplinary Committee, meaning that she/he is:
- a person with paraplegia, quadriplegia, amputation or deformation or weakness of the lower limps in a degree higher of thirty nine percent (39%);
- a person whose visual acuity is at least 6/36 in both eyes even with corrective lenses.
In case the applicant is already a beneficiary of the special allowance for blinds, or allowance for quadriplegic persons, or paraplegic allowance, or severe motor disability allowance from the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, then the report from the Multidisciplinary Committee is not required.
If the applicant is a person with quadriplegia then there is no requirement for her/him to work or study in order to benefit of mobility allowance.
The following cases are exempted for mobility allowance:
- persons who already receive retirement pension according to the Social Securities Law;
- pupils of primary or secondary education.
How Much Is the Mobility Allowance?
The provision for mobility allowance depends on the disability of the applicant as follows:
- € 51 per month for persons with severe mobility disabilities to the lower limbs who work or study;
- € 102 per month for blind persons who work or study;
- € 102 per month for persons with quadriplegia, regardless if they work or study.
How to Apply for Mobility Allowance?
If the applicant meets the aforementioned conditions she/he should submit an application to the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. The application must include the form for mobility allowance accompanied by the following documents:
- a copy of the applicant’s Identity Card in case she/he is a Cypriot citizen;
- a copy of the applicant’s Residence Permit / Yellow Slip from the Civil Registry and Migration Department in case she/he is a citizen of another European Union country;
- a medical certificate which states the nature of the disability (this is not necessary if the applicant already receives the special allowance for blind persons, or allowance for quadriplegic persons, or paraplegic allowance, or severe motor disability allowance from the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities);
- a work certificate form signed by the applicant’s employer; or in the case of self-employed persons, the most recent copy of their pay slip submitted to the Social Security Fund or a certificate from their educational institution;
- a certificate of the applicant’s bank/cooperative credit institution or a copy of the account statement which clearly shows the beneficiary and the account number (IBAN).
The Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities may ask for more documents if it is necessary. A person who makes a false statement to obtain mobility allowance or any other social benefit/pension either for himself or for another person is guilty of an offense and is liable to prosecution.