The Department of Health today opened a public consultation on the introduction of personalised budgets for people with a disability. The consultation is being carried out to help the Task Force on Personalised Budgets to develop plans for the introduction of a system of personalised budgets in Ireland.
Commenting on the launch, Minister McGrath said:
"Personalised budgets can provide people with disabilities more control and choice in accessing the personal social services which best meet their individual support needs. This can help to promote greater independence while putting service users at the centre of the support process which has been my focus since being appointed Minister. I would encourage anyone with an interest to get involved and I am very much looking forward to receiving the recommendations of the Task Force at the end of this year."
Mr Christy Lynch, Chair of the Task Force, said:
"The consultation launched today is particularly aimed at people who may wish to use personalised budgets, their families and the general public. However, everyone with an interest in the area, including: service providers and staff, advocacy groups and representative organisations are welcome to participate. The consultation is open until October 20th and the Task Force is keen to hear the public's views".