Burton scraps special diet scheme for new entrants

Burton scraps special diet scheme for new entrants
Minister Joan Burton pictured yesterday at the Labour Party conference in Enfield.

The 6,000 people currently benefiting from the scheme will still receive their payments

Social protection minister Joan Burton has scrapped a scheme which helps people on special diets to pay their food bills.

The €11 million per year scheme was paid to people on social welfare who had been prescribed a special diet as part of their medical treatment. They were entitled to top-up payments of up to Euro 20 a week.

But Burton signed an order to bar any new applications to the diet supplement scheme from February 1....

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