Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Questions (590)

Dara Calleary

Question:

590. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health the implementation plan for funding the carer’s guarantee funding before the end of 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43266/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Programme for Government commits to delivering a ‘Carers Guarantee’ proposal that will provide a core basket of services to carers across the country, regardless of where they live. This commitment is consistent with the National Carers' Strategy, which seeks to support family carers to care with confidence through the provision of adequate information, training, services and supports. In line with this commitment, and as a first step towards implementing the Carers’ Guarantee, €2 million has been allocated in Budget 2021 to provide a more standard package of supports to family carers in every region, in tandem with the community and voluntary sector. Discussions are underway between my Department and the HSE to determine how this funding will be allocated and to ensure measures introduced will work towards addressing geographical inequity of access to supports.