The paraplegic allowance aims to provide financial assistance to paraplegic persons, despite of their income and age, in order for them to obtain care and medical assistance services. The paraplegic persons are those who cannot move or can hardly move both of their lower limbs due to a genetic condition, disease or accident, and therefore they need to continuously and permanently use a wheelchair for their movement.
Who Can Apply for Paraplegic Allowance?
In order to be entitled for paraplegic allowance the applicants must be:
- Cypriot citizens with paraplegia; or
- EU citizens with paraplegia who have been living permanently in the area controlled by the Republic of Cyprus for at least 12 consecutive months and meet all the requirements of the scheme.
If a paraplegic person resides permanently in Government Establishments and her/his care expenses are covered by the State Budget, then she/he does not qualify for paraplegic allowance. The amount of the allowance is €350 per month (it varies according to the wage indexing adjustment every six months).
How to Apply For Paraplegic Allowance?
In order to receive paraplegic allowance the claimant or her/his representative must submit to the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, an application form for paraplegic allowance together with the following documents:
- a recent medical certificate describing the applicant’s disability;
- the applicant’s certificate of birth;
- EU citizens should also submit a proof of their residence in Cyprus for 12 consecutive months.
The application will be examined by the Director or an authorised officer of the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities and will be approved following the opinion of a special Medical Council. The Medical Council should include at least 2 specialists, one in neurosurgery and one in neurology. If approved, the allowance will become effective from the date when the application and all the required documents were received by the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities.
If the Director or the authorised officer of the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities decides to reject or cut-off an allowance, a written notification mentioning the reasons of this decision shall be sent to the applicant.
Can the Paraplegic Allowance be Canceled?
A beneficiary ceases his right to paraplegic allowance in case she/he no longer meets the conditions of the scheme, especially when:
- following a requested re-examination, the special Medical Council decides that her/his health condition has greatly improved and that she/he has no symptoms of paraplegia;
- she/he moves away from the controlled areas of the Republic of Cyprus;
- due to the aggravation of her/his health condition she/he is permanently transferred to a Government Establishment and her / his care expenses are covered by the State Budget;
- following the beneficiary’s death.
Additional notes: The beneficiaries of severe motor disability allowance shall continue to receive payment additionally to the paraplegic allowance if both conditions are met. If an applicant becomes entitled to paraplegic allowance then the care allowance provided by the Social Welfare Services will cease to be paid as of the first payment date by the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. Beneficiaries of quadriplegic allowance may not receive care allowance for paraplegic persons.