Section 39 providers in the disability sector have welcomed a once-off fund announced in Budget 2023.

The fund is to support community-based voluntary organisations in the provision of disability, nursing home and hospices services across the country.

The Minister with Responsibility for Disability Anne Rabbitte has confirmed that €65m has been secured to support section 39 providers in the sector.

It will go toward supporting organisations to help them deal with inflationary pressures.

The National Federation of Voluntary Service Providers supports more than 26,000 people with intellectual disabilities and their families through its 54 member organisations has welcomed the confirmation.

Thirty-six of these organisations are Section 39 providers, for which this funding is targetted.

Responding to details of the funding the Chief Executive of the Prosper Group, which is an intellectual disability service provider Pat Reen described the allocation as "timely".

"The rights of citizens supported by Section 39 disability organisations to access support on an equal basis are at the centre of this funding, and that is to be welcomed. We look forward to working with the Minister, the Department and HSE in progressing the measures that this funding provides".

In the Dáil, Ms Rabbitte said she was aware of "the real difficulties" the sector is experiencing in maintaining its service provision.

She confirmed the funding would be made available in the last quarter of 2022.