Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Breeda Moynihan-Cronin


68 Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the total amount of funding allocated by her Department for the provision of payments, facilities or services for those with physical or intellectual disabilities in 2003, giving the heading or sub-heading in the Estimates under which the allocation has been made; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19515/03]

Funding in respect of vocational training and employment services for people with disabilities is provided under subheads K.2 and K.3 of the Vote for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, and from the national training fund. Funding is allocated through FÁS, as the training employment authority under the aegis of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. The total allocation in 2003 in respect of payments, facilitates or services for those with physical or intellectual, and mental, disabilities in 2003 amounts to €42,253,000.

The above figure relates to funding allocated specifically towards vocational training and employment for people with disabilities. However, people with disabilities avail of the full range of FÁS programme and services, and would benefit within the overall budgets, including training allowances, allocated to these programmes, including community employment, social economy, specific skills training, traineeships.