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Difficult Financial Situation for the Disabled in Iceland

The board of the Organization of the Disabled in Iceland (ODI) has issued a statement expressing concern over the worsening financial situation for patients and the disabled in Iceland due to ever growing inflation and rising food prices.

“We sense that it has become increasingly difficult for these people to make ends meet this year,” chairman of ODI Halldór Saevar Gudbergsson told Morgunbladid. “People come to us [with their troubles], the Domestic Debt Advisory Service and to their banks.”

Gudbergsson said benefits for the disabled vary from individual to individual, but usually they receive between ISK 110,000 and 130,000 (USD 1,200 and 1,500, EUR 872 and 1,000) after taxes. “You don’t have to be a genius to realize that it is difficult to make ends meet on that amount.”

“I’ve noticed a lot of changes since January 1 [2008]. Increasing food prices and other necessities are not reflected in what the disabled are getting paid,” said Stefán Thórdarson, who is disabled.

For example, Thórdarson said a packet of sausages that cost ISK 270 (USD 3.06, EUR 2.14) at the beginning of the year is now priced at ISK 310 (USD 3.51, EUR 2.46). He said that food prices have increased between 30 and 60 percent.

The ODI stated the disabled and patients were disregarded when groups in society were granted increased salaries in the past few months and challenges authorities to solve the problem for those whose situation is the most difficult.

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