The beneficiaries of the quadriplegic allowance are those individuals who cannot move at all or can hardly move their four limbs, due to a genetic condition, disease or accident. Additionally they must be permanently residing in Cyprus:
- as citizens of the Republic of Cyprus; or
- as citizens of any EU Member State, provided that they live permanently in the area controlled by the Republic of Cyprus for at least 12 consecutive months.
If a quadriplegic person is permanently residing in any Government Establishments (i.e. special medical centers) and his/her care expenses are covered by the State Budget, then she/he is not entitled to quadriplegic allowance. The quadriplegic allowance is €854.30 per month despite of the beneficiary’s income and age.
How to Apply For Quadriplegic Allowance?
To benefit of quadriplegic allowance a special application form should be submitted to the Department for Social Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities together with the following certificates/documents:
- a recent medical certificate describing the applicant’s disability;
- the applicant’s certificate of birth;
- EU citizens should produce a proof of their residence in Cyprus for 12 consecutive months.
The allowance approval is given by the Director of the Department for Social Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities or by another authorised Officer of the Department for Social Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities, 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 quadriplegic allowance starts from the date when the application and all the required documents have been received by the Department for Social Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities.
Can the Quadriplegic Allowance be Canceled?
The allowance is terminated in case the beneficiary no longer meets the required conditions of the scheme, especially if:
- following a requested re-examination, the special Medical Council decides that his/her health condition has greatly improved and that he/she has no symptoms of quadriplegia;
- she/he moves away from the areas under the controlled 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 death of the beneficiary.