Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1029)

Fergus O'Dowd


1029. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the funding made available to the Citizens Information Board in 2019; the projected funding for the board and the National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities in 2020; the number on waiting lists to receive support from the service; the average length of time persons are on the waiting list; the longest period a person has been waiting; and the target time to respond to requests for support by service region. [44257/19]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Citizens Information Board (CIB) is the statutory body responsible for supporting the provision of information, advice (including money and budgeting advice) and advocacy services to citizens on a wide range of public and social services. In 2019, the Citizens Information Board (CIB) has been allocated State funding of €59.26 million to fund its activities and that of its service delivery partners.

The National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities (NAS) is funded and supported by the Citizens Information Board (CIB), which has a mandate under the Citizens Information Act 2007 to provide advocacy for people with disabilities. NAS has been allocated funding of €3,250,952 in 2019 . The projected grant for 2020 remains at the same level.

The information requested by the Deputy regarding waiting times is not readily available, therefore I have asked the CIB to provide the information directly to the Deputy when available.

NAS has a target time of 3 working days to respond to an enquiry for support and aims to meet the individual requesting advocacy support within 28 working days.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.