Government sees 50% surge in disability claims in a decade

The Government is investigating a surge in disability claims after they have jumped by 50%.

Official figures show an increase of more than 42,000 people claiming the allowance since 2008 at a cost of €1.3bn.

According to the Irish Independent, some of the payments are explained by demographic changes, as well as changes in medical diagnosis and assessment.

However, there are concerns that a small group of claimants are cheating the system.



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