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Seanad Éireann Private Members Business
Wednesday 13 June 2016

That Seanad Éireann,

  •     accepting the need for appropriate housing for persons with disabilities as already recognised by the State, is still outstanding,
  •     noting, in particular,
  •     that the number of people with disabilities on the waiting list for social housing increased substantially to just under 4,000 in 2013,
  •     that there are significant numbers of persons with  disabilities residing in nursing homes or similar residential facilities, many of whom are still young people, who could be appropriately living in the community and are not on the housing list, nor part of the congregated settings initiative,
  •     that 2,725 people are still living in ‘congregated settings’;
  •     acknowledging the progress made by the National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability (2011-2016) and its associated Implementation Plan; in particular the cross-departmental and multi-stakeholder approach taken by the National Advisory Group to the Stretegy and noting the recently established Housing and Disability Steering Groups within all local authorities,

and, having regard to

  •     Article 19(a) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with  Disabilities which states that ‘Persons with disabilities have the opportunity to choose their place of residence and where and with whom they live on an equal basis with others and are not obliged to live in a particular living arrangement’.
  •     the Programme for a Partnership Government commitment related to housing for persons with disabilities including, housing adaptation grant scheme, congregated settings and the inclusion of disability in all housing policy.

calls for

  •     action to immediately reduce unmet housing needs with the intention that Ireland will have suitable housing provision for persons with disabilities in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) commitments
  •     the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to:
  •     confirm that the Government’s Action Plan for Housing includes specific commitments on the delivery of housing in sufficient numbers and type to also meet the housing needs of persons with disabilities,
  •     ensure the provision of an annual update from Local Authorities of the number of social housing units allocated to people with disabilities on the housing waiting list,
  •     ensure that any housing projects supported by public funding, including Part V housing, provide a percentage of pre-planned and reserved housing units to meet local needs for persons with disabilities,
  •     ensure that the Social Housing 2020 Strategy is routinely disability proofed,
  •     provide funding in 2017 to increase housing supply and to make necessary and timely adaptations to current housing stock, and
  •     Requests that the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government drafts a work programme which will routinely consider and review government progress towards delivering adequate and sustainable housing for persons with disabilities.

[Senators John Dolan, Grace O’Sullivan, Frances Black, Alice Mary Higgins, Collette Kelleher, Lynn Ruane]