Severe Motor Disability Allowance
Persons who cannot walk and have to permanently use a wheelchair, can benefit of severe motor disability allowance if they fulfill the following conditions:
- They are either citizens of the Republic of Cyprus or EU citizens who have resided in the territory under the effective control of the Republic of Cyprus for at least 12 consecutive months; and
- They continuously or permanently need a wheelchair due to:
- paralysis of both lower limbs, as a result of an accident or other disease of the bone marrow, of the brain, of the peripheral nerves or muscles;
- amputation of both lower limbs;
- severe deformation or severe deficiency of the lower limbs.
A person shall fall within the above definition if he/she continuously and permanently uses a wheelchair in the sense that he/she cannot walk at all or can walk very short distances on an even ground with the use of ancillary means such as canes, walkers or special braces for the legs.
The following persons are not entitled to severe motor disability allowance:
- Children under 12 years old;
- Persons over 65 years old unless they became beneficiaries of this allowance before their 65th anniversary. This stipulation excludes persons who are over 65 years old and they were receiving Para/Quadriplegic Allowance before the introduction of the Severe Motor Disability Allowance Scheme.
Since January 1, 2012 the allowance for sever motor disability is €333, 43 per month (may vary according to the wage indexation every six months). Depending on the case, it may be paid in whole or partially to the beneficiary or to another person, legal entity or institution that has undertaken the additional costs of the beneficiary due to his disability.
This allowance shall not be considered for the purposes of another benefit provided for the claimant by any other Scheme or Law.
How to Apply For Severe Motor Disability Allowance?
To apply for severe motor disability allowance a special application form must be submit to the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities together with the following documents:
- a recent medical certificate describing the disability;
- the applicant’s birth certificate;
- in case of EU citizens a certificate proving the applicant’s residence in the Republic of Cyprus, for at least 12 consecutive months.
The applications are examined by the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities after being checked by a special Medical Council. The Medical Council should include at least 3 specialists in neurosurgery, neurology and orthopedics. If approved, the allowance will enter into force upon the date which the application is received by the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities.
The severe motor disability allowance is terminated in case the beneficiary no longer meets the aforementioned required conditions or after his/her death.