A Mayo Senator is calling for the immediate reinstatement of an allowance for young school leavers with a disability, which is being cut for new entrants from next month.

The Rehabilitative Training Allowance provides €31.80 per week to young people taking up training programmes, but the Government announced last month that it will no longer be paid to new entrants.

It's been described as "a cruel cut" by Erris Senator Rose Conway-Walsh, who has written to Minister of State Finian McGrath asking him to immediately restore the allowance.

She said that  - despite growing pressure from organisations representing people with a disability - the cut has not yet been reversed.

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