Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Department of Justice, Equality and Defence
National Disability Strategy
The correspondence to which the Deputy refers calls for priority to be given to the National Disability Strategy within the resources available. I agree with this sentiment, which is also in line with a commitment in the Programme for Government to publish, following wide consultation, a realistic implementation plan for the Strategy, including sectoral plans with achievable timescales and targets within available resources and ensuring whole-of-government involvement and monitoring of the Strategy, in partnership with the disability sector. The Strategy which was launched in 2004 is, in large measure, being implemented. However, in order to progress towards meeting the commitment in the Programme for Government, I am currently assessing the Strategy's monitoring and implementation structures and what may now be required to re-energise the Strategy and its implementation.