To ask the Minister for Housing; Planning and Local Government the status of the National Housing Strategy for People with Disabilities 2011-2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
The National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability (NHSPWD) 2011-2016 was affirmed in Rebuilding Ireland and extended to 2020 to continue to deliver on its aims. Implementation of the Strategy is being driven primarily by the Housing Agency by means of a dedicated sub-group with representatives from my Department, the Health Service Executive (HSE), the Department of Health, local authorities, the Irish Council for Social Housing and various disability representative organisations. The Housing Agency Subgroup, established in 2012, is progressing a range of priority actions, and this is continuing under the extended timeframe of the Strategy.
As the NHSPWD was reaffirmed under Rebuilding Ireland up to 2020, both my Department and the Department of Health are currently in discussions around developing the next Housing Strategy for People with Disabilities post 2020. Development of a new strategy will include extensive consultation with all stakeholders and it is likely that this work will begin in early 2020.
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