[19.01.2011 19:19 UTC] Více autorů
No legal basis for property probes says ombudsman
Ombudsman Pavel Varvařovsý has criticised the way some public authorities assess disabled people’s property and income when they apply for help with equipment such as electric-powered wheelchairs. The ombudsman pointed out that such invasive investigations had no basis in law and the disabled were in effect treated as if they were at a bank seeking a loan. The criticism follows in the wake of an application from a hard of hearing couple who asked for money to buy a specialized computer that would allow them to make telephone calls and use an online interpreter service. Authorities demanded proof of their handicap from their doctor and details of their bank balance and other assets before clearing the payment. Enquires found that such procedures were far from uncommon across the country.
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