Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 16 December 2021
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Disability Matters
Personal Transport for People with Disabilities: Office of the Ombudsman
Ms Sarah Cooney:
Before we wrote the report we engaged with various Departments on it. Our understanding of the matter is the disability capacity review undertaken by the Department of Health and the recent cost of disability exercise done by the Department of Social Protection will be utilised to develop proposals on the various schemes and that there will be a whole-of-government approach and a scheme developed to encompass all of this. I am unsure of the details of the scheme or what it might look like. The disability inclusion strategy has various working groups. I understand there is a working group on transport and it will come before the committee and decisions will be made. I understand from speaking to other Departments that work is ongoing on how mobility may be assessed and what schemes may look like. Unfortunately there is no detail that I am aware of on what the scheme may look like at this stage.