In April DFI met with the official leading on housing adaptation grants – a review and consultation on the scheme is coming later this year. We’ll also be attending the first Disability Consultative Committee of the Department of Housing this Friday 27th May 2022.
DFI and our member Irish Wheelchair Association responded to a query from the Dublin Inquirer on disability housing. We highlighted the ongoing disability housing crisis, the longer wait times for disabled people on the housing list, and the need to build more wheelchair liveable housing. You can read the article in full here.
We were also delighted when Consumer Affairs show ‘The Price of Everything’ reached out to us looking for a disabled consumer to speak to. An episode broadcast on 28th April featured Carolyn Akintola, a wheelchair user, who spoke about the extra cost of having a disability, and the worry caused by ongoing energy price increases when living on Disability Allowance. You can see the episode here.
DFI delivered training on the UN CRPD to Wicklow county council in April. We continue to participate in the Disability Participation and Consultation Network, and attended a CRC webinar presenting work by disabled researchers, developed with DFI’s support. We also attended the Plenary of Coalition 2030, where the workplan for the year was presented.
DFI made submissions to the Department of Social Protection on the EU Pillar of Social Rights Poverty Reduction Target and the Reasonable Accommodation Fund, and to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment on the EU Employment Headline Target. At the recent Community and Voluntary Pillar Bilateral meeting with the Department of Social Protection we raised the cost of disability, high and increasing disability poverty rates, and how the cost of living crisis is affecting disabled people.
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