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Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 29 September 2021

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Questions (155)

Gary Gannon

Question:

155. Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of the publication of the cost of disability report. [47193/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The Programme for Government commits the Government to use the research into the cost of disability to individuals and families to properly inform the direction of future policy.  My Department commissioned Indecon International Consultants to carry out research into the cost of disability in Ireland.

The report has been received and my Department is considering it in detail.  As part of this consideration, the Department has been briefing and seeking the views of relevant Government departments which have a role to play in the delivery of disability services and supports.  This matter is significantly wider than the income support system which is why a whole-of-Government perspective is being taken.  Once this process is complete, I intend to submit the report to Government for consideration.  A decision regarding the appropriate date of publication will be made once Government has had an opportunity to consider the report fully.

I trust that this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

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