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Carers Strategy

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 2 November 2011

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Ceisteanna (148)

Luke 'Ming' Flanagan

Ceist:

148 Deputy Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will publish the national carers strategy, which promises to set out Government’s commitment in regard to income supports, health care, training, the labour market, transport, housing and information services for family carer’s; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31786/11]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Social Protection)

The Government is committed in the Programme for Government to developing a carers' strategy. It will consider how best to progress the development of the strategy, taking into account the prevailing economic realities and the work that was carried out previously.

The Department of the Taoiseach chaired an interdepartmental group in 2008 which undertook work, to develop a National Carers' Strategy. The Departments of Finance, Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Health and Children, and Social and Family Affairs, as well as the Health Services Executive (HSE) and FÁS were represented on the group.

As my Department is responsible for providing income supports for carers, it will of course have a role in developing and implementing a strategy. However many of the issues of most concern to carers are the responsibility of other Departments, in particular the Department of Health.

The strategy will have to be developed within existing available resources. In developing and implementing the strategy, the Government will take account of our IMF and EU commitments, as well the outcomes of the comprehensive review of expenditure currently being undertaken by each Department.

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