Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Questions (138)

Sandra McLellan

Question:

141 Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Social Protection her plans to increase the number of non-governmental organisations on the committee to review the domiciliary care allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32673/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

The review of the domiciliary care allowance (DCA) scheme, as recently announced will commence shortly. The group undertaking the review will be comprised of representatives from a number of government Departments, the National Disability Authority and other persons with relevant experience. Three representatives from a working group established by Downs Syndrome Ireland, Inclusion Ireland, Irish Autism Action, Special Needs Parents Association, the Carers Association and Midlands Regional Forum of People with Disabilities have been invited to be part of the review group. It is considered that this broad representation will reflect the issues and views of the vast majority of parents on the matter.

Officials from my Department will meet with representatives from the DCA Warriors to discuss how they can be facilitated in making a positive contribution to the review process.

The terms of reference for the review allows for a consultation process with parents and representative groups to be held. This will allow for all parents and groups not directly represented on the working group to input their concerns and suggestions to the review process.