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Sunday 25 February 2018

People with disability deserve more say over services

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

PEOPLE with a disability should be given more of a say over the type of service they want, a new report published by the Department of Health recommended today.

The Value for Money and Policy Review of Disability Services in Ireland examined how different charities and voluntary organisations which get the majority of €1.5bn in State funding to provide services spend the money.

It said the Government should move to a system of individualised budgeting, where the person with a disability or their carers are given the funding and they can choose to buy the kind of service they want.

Minister for Disability Kathleen Lunch said she welcomed the recommendations in the review and it would provide a framework for the development of effective and accountable services.

The report called for more efficiencies in the running of the services. The minister said: “I believe that the statutory authorities, working in partnership with service users, their families and the non-statutory service providers, will prove equal to the challenge.”

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