ÁT issue a qualified welcome for the Taskforce on Personalised Budgets. View our response below:
Findings of the research project ‘Evaluation of the Áiseanna Tacaíochta model of Direct Payments:
“For people with disabilities to live independently, having control is crucial. This report highlights the benefits, including choice, control, flexibility and empowerment, of the Direct Payments model and shines a positive light on this model of individualised funding at a time when Ireland is in a state of transition, having just ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”– Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
“This report comes timely just before Ireland will ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In our General Comment No 5 the CRPD Committee has emphasized that direct payment is key to realizing the human right to independent living. This excellent evaluation of AT Model of direct payments will help the Irish government to fulfill its duties under Art. 19 CRPD.” – Theresia Degener, Chair of the committee on the UNCRPD.