The National Development Plan (NDP) commits to the development of housing and accommodation for a range of vulnerable individuals and families under the Capital Assistance Scheme.

This includes the development of age-friendly housing for individuals with a disability and accommodation for homeless households.

The NDP says the provision of suitable housing in the community (in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government) will be progressed.

It notes that the Disability capital programme includes decongregation from long-term residential care units for people with disabilities and additional community-based supported housing arising from the Disability Capacity Review.

The Disability Capacity Review was published by the Department of Health in July.

Its aim was to provide estimates of current and future requirements for community-based disability services and supports, based on projections of the future size and age-structure of the future disability population out to 2032, and on estimates of the scale of unmet need.

According to the Disability Capacity Review, a minimum €350 million additional revenue funding would be required in 2022 in order to meet the lower end estimates.

€500-€800 million in capital spend would be required over the period to 2032.


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The National Federation of Voluntary Bodies Providing Services to People with Intellectual Disabilities in Ireland has called on Government to invest in the required supports in the upcoming Budget.

The NDP says capital cost of additional housing places for people with disabilities is the responsibility of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, where the provision of support services to live in the community "are a health responsibility".

Aligned to this, it says work is also being undertaken in relation to people with disabilities inappropriately placed in nursing homes.

It points to the National Disability Inclusion Strategy (NDIS) 2017-2022 and the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities (CES) 2015-2024, in their commitment to the provision of public transport services that are accessible for all, and especially for persons with disabilities.

This includes the retrofitting of older, (legacy) infrastructure as well as the ongoing maintenance of existing facilities, such as lifts and transport fleets.

The Department of Transport funds a multi-annual, ring-fenced programme, managed by the NTA, towards meeting these commitments.

On mental health, it notes that the National Forensic Mental Health Service facility which will replace the Central Mental Hospital is expected to become operational in 2021.

"It is envisaged that a significant proportion of mental health services and supports could and should be provided as part of the Primary Care Centre Programme, an approach reiterated in the Sláintecare report."

It says a new mental health ten-year capital programme is now in development, with the focus on upgrading existing facilities, replacing inappropriate community residential and non-residential facilities and the continued expansion of services including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

The NDP confirms that the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP) will continue to be developed by the NDP targeting "areas of disadvantage".

It says the Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF) which aims to provide Exchequer support for larger sports facility projects "shares the same objectives of increased active participation in sport by people with a disability and disadvantaged groups".