The Government has closed these schemes to all new applicants and are now seeking a different solution that remains within the available budget and satisfying all legal concerns. Pending this decision on a new scheme, monthly payments will continue to be made by the Health Service Executive to people who were in receipt of the grant or allowance at the time that the schemes closed.

All people with a disability who just missed out because of the closure of the scheme in February 2013 are still waiting.