Thursday, 5 July 2012

Questions (88)

Maureen O'Sullivan


88 Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will include a member of a group (details supplied) as one of the three NGO representatives reserved for the review of the domiciliary care allowance system as they are representatives of multiple disabilities and whose members are also members of a range of other groups; her views on whether a member of this group as part of the review of the DCA system will ensure that input from parents on the front line of children with disabilities will be represented and that this will contribute to the establishment of a fair and workable system to overcome the review process. [32860/12]

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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.

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.