Health Research Board Publish Individualised Budgeting Report

The Health Research Board has published its report on individualised budgeting for social care services for people with a disability.

The evidence review was commissioned by the Department of Health as part of the Transforming Lives programme, which will see services for people with disabilities migrate from a segregated, group-delivered service to a person-centred and individually chosen supports model.

The review selected six countries to examine – Australia, Canada (eight provinces), England, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Scotland – and addresses two key questions: (1) What models or approaches to individualised or personalised budgeting in response to needs assessment for social care services for people with a disability are used in other jurisdictions, and (2) what is the evidence on the financial sustainability of different approaches?

Welcoming publication of the report, Minister Finian McGrath said: "One of the key aims of the Government is to provide services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide them with greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives.

"This is a fundamental change in the way services and supports for people with disabilities are currently provided, and there is an onus on us to implement it in a way which works effectively for people with disabilities, is financially sustainable, and is accountable and transparent. Underlining this Government's commitment to the disability sector, I recently announced additional funding of €31m for disability services in 2016. This includes funding of €3m for new initiatives, including an additional provision for services to meet the need of school leavers with disabilities and the anticipated cost of a number of emergency residential placements arising this year.

"The establishment of a Task Force on Personalised Budgets is another key element in the Programme for Government's commitment to give people with disabilities more control in accessing services, together with greater independence and choice. "It is imperative that the Task Force has access to good quality evidence from other jurisdictions which have already been down this road" said the Minister "and that we learn from what worked well in other countries and equally, what didn't work as well. The Health Research Board has done sterling work in distilling the evidence on this complex area, and the report will provide an invaluable starting point for the Task Force, which I intend to establish very soon."


Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

22 March 2016
Over €56m Announced To Improve Homes Of Older People And People With Disabilities
More than €56 million has been announced for improvement works to the homes of older people and people with a disability. Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Alan Kelly and Minister of State for Housing & Planning, Paudie Coffey announced that €56.
11 October 2017
Additional €646m Allocated To Dept Of Health In Budget 2018
Budget 2018 will deliver better access, more help for families and more supports for disability, mental health, and older and vulnerable people, Minister Simon Harris and Ministers of State Finian McGrath, Jim Daly and Catherine Byrne have said. An additional €646 million in current expenditure is being allocated to Health in Budget 2018.
21 February 2017
EmployAbility Galway Scheme Achieves 100 Jobs Target
A number of employers across Galway City and County have created 100 jobs for people with disabilities, achieving the goal established under the EmployAbility Galway scheme. EmployAbility Galway is one of the 23 organisations that operate the EmployAbility service throughout the State.
18 September 2015
Govt Must Support Aims Of People With Disabilities - Labour
The government must support people with disabilities in their campaign to move towards independent living with greater access to the workforce, Labour TD Robert Dowds has said.
22 November 2012
Thousands March On Lenister House In Protest At Disability Cuts
Some 2,000 people marched on Leinster House yesterday in protest at proposed cuts to disability payments. The march, which assembled at Central Bank, was made up of people with disabilities, their families and supporters attended the protest.