New €500 grant towards cost of hairpiece, wig or hair replacement - Higgins
A new grant of up to €500 towards the cost of a hairpiece, wig or hair replacement will support people who suffer hair loss due to illness, Dublin Mid-West’s Fine Gael TD has said.
Deputy Higgins said: “This new grant recognises the physical and psychological impact that hair loss can have on someone’s life, especially when they are already dealing with ill-health.
“This initiative, provided for in Budget 2022, is about supporting people who suffer from forms of alopecia or cancer and will provide up to €500 towards the purchase of a wig or hairpiece, for people who suffer the trauma of hair loss.
“The new grant will fall under the Treatment Benefit Scheme and is expected to support approximately 2,000 women or men during the first year of its introduction which is great news,” added Deputy Higgins.
For many people who suffer hair loss due to illness it can be a very traumatic side effect and wigs or hairpieces can cost upwards of €1,000 in some cases which makes them massively unaffordable especially on top of the cost of medical bills, treatment and medication.
“I hope this new grant helps in some small way toward improving the confidence of those suffering hair loss due to illness and improves their quality of life during a difficult time.
Full details on how to qualify for the grant towards the cost of a hairpiece, wig or hair replacement are available on the Department of Social Protection’s website www.gov.ie/dsp