Back to School Allowance – Allan

The lovely summer is over, my kids are back to school and I couldn’t get over how expensive it was to get them ready for school. Recent research from Zurich has the average cost of sending a child to primary school each year is €830. The average annual cost of education for a child entering […]

Reflective Journal – Dolores

Well, how was your summer? After speaking with a number of parents in the last few weeks, most parents have had a lovely summer, they spoke about holidays, summer camps and the great few weeks of sunshine. A lot of parents also expressed how they felt it was great for their children to be going […]

Investment Property & Trust – Allan

Investment properties, cash, jewellery and most types of assets can be left for your child through a special needs trust. But before you go off rushing to buy an investment property you need to think is this the right next step for your family. I have lost count of the private consultations with parents who […]

Holiday Feedback by Dolores

Hope one and all are enjoying the sunshine. What’s happening to Ireland?? We may never have to travel to the sunshine again. I received a great response to my last article with regard to my holiday with David. Since then so many people have suggested other places to go in Lanzarote and directed me to […]

Carer’s Support Grant

The Carer’s Support Grant is an annual payment made by the Department of Social Protection to the parents/carers of people with special needs. If you are caring for more than one person, you are entitled to a payment for each person you are caring for. The Grant has increased from €1,375 (2015 payment) back to […]

Ola Lanzarote – By Dolores

David and I just had the best holiday. Loved it all. Just wish more families with a young man like David could experience this type of holiday. What did I do for this holiday in regard to research as we had never been to Lanzarote before? I did nothing. I went into a travel agent […]

Entitlements- By Allan

I have estimated at this stage I must have cost the Department of Social Protection around €6m and the Revenue just under €3.5m. Again, recently I just had a private consultation with a mum who never heard of Incapacity Child Tax Credit and didn’t realise that she could claim Carers Benefit when she had a […]