Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Questions (356)

Willie O'Dea


356. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of the analysis her Department is undertaking of the cost of a disability; if this analysis has commenced; the expected completion date of same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12679/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

As part of Budget 2019, I announced my intention to commission research into the Cost of Disability – a first step to comprehensively understanding this complex issue. I expect that this research, when complete, will provide a roadmap to inform policy direction in the future – from a whole-of-Government perspective – in relation to the adequate provision of support to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

The process is being facilitated by the Office of Government Procurement (OGP). A Supplementary Request for Tender (SRFT) for the provision of research on the Cost of Disability has been issued in accordance with the terms and conditions of the OGP's Multi-Supplier Framework Agreements to the relevant Framework members.

According to the expected timeline, once a successful tenderer is identified, the research can commence in April with a view to having the research completed at the end of 2019.