Disability Federation says “the increasing cost of insurance is now taking from the provision of services”
The Alliance for Insurance Reform has welcomed its latest member, the Disability Federation of Ireland, DFI.
The DFI is the national support organisation for voluntary disability groups in Ireland. The DFI is funded through HSE and member direct funding and has over 100 members who range from large national organisations to local, community-based charities. Voluntary disability organisations provide the majority of disability services within Ireland today including residential, home care, respite, therapeutic, personal assistance support services and more.
John Dolan, CEO the DFI said “Rising insurance renewal premiums are a concern to organisations of voluntary disability services because they have to take money from delivering services to pay increasing insurance cost”.
Peter Boland, Director of the Alliance said “We warmly welcome the DFI to our Alliance, but it is frustrating that an organisation so focused on providing such essential services should feel the need to join our campaign. Insurance should not be on their agenda. We call on the Government to urgently accelerate the pace of insurance reform so that DFI members can focus on doing what they were established to do.
”In particular, we ask that Government prioritise the following real reforms:
- Seek additional underwriting capacity for the Irish market, including the voluntary sector, to improve competition and insure sectors that currently cannot get cover.
- Review and re-balance the “common duty of care” to require occupiers to take a duty of care that is reasonable, practical, and proportionate.
- Reform and strengthen Personal Injuries Assessment Board, PIAB
- Insist on insurers delivering immediate reductions for delivered and planned reform.
The Alliance now brings together 46 civic and business organisations from across Ireland, representing over 55,000 members, 700,000 employees, 599,000 volunteers and 374,000 students in highlighting the negative impact of persistently high premiums and calling for real reforms that will quickly reduce liability and motor insurance premiums to affordable levels and keep them that way.
The Alliance now brings together 46 civic and business organisations from across Ireland, representing over 55,000 members, 700,000 employees, 622,000 volunteers and 374,000 students in highlighting the negative impact of persistently high premiums and calling for real reforms that will quickly reduce liability and motor insurance premiums to affordable levels and keep them that way. Our members include:
- AOIFE Ireland (Association of Irish Festival Events)
- Car Rental Council of Ireland
- Childminding Ireland
- Coach Tourism & Transport Council of Ireland
- Community Reuse Network Ireland
- Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association
- Cork Business Association
- Disability Federation of Ireland
- Early Childhood Ireland
- Family Business Network Ireland
- Federation of Irish Sport
- Galway Chamber
- Galway City Business Association
- Galway County Public Participation Network (PPN)
- Historic Houses of Ireland
- Home and Community Care Ireland
- Incoming Tour Operators Association Ireland
- Ireland Active
- Ireland’s Association for Adventure Tourism
- Irish Caravan and Camping Council
- Irish Charity Shops Association
- Irish Concrete Federation
- Irish Hotels Federation
- Irish Road Haulage Association
- Irish Showman’s Guild
- Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network
- Irish Travel Agents Association
- Licensed Vintners Association
- Motorsport Ireland
- National Campaign for the Arts
- Nursing Homes Ireland
- Play Activity and Leisure Ireland
- Quick Service Food Alliance
- Restaurants Association of Ireland
- Retail Excellence
- Sligo PPN
- Society of the Irish Motor Industry
- South Dublin County PPN
- Sport Ireland
- Theatre Forum
- Union of Students in Ireland
- Vintners Federation of Ireland
- Volunteer Ireland
- The Wheel (Ireland’s national association for community, voluntary and charitable organisations)
Project and Membership Development Manager
Disability Federation of Ireland, DFI