Response to the Value for Money Review of the Disability Allowance Payment

The Department of Social Protection in November 2010 published a Value for Money Review of the Disability Allowance Payment. Disability Allowance is a means-tested social welfare payment that some 100,000 people receive. The National Disability Authority issued a policy advice paper to the Department in July 2011, responding to the review.

Key points made in the policy advice paper include:

  • The proposals in the Review were broadly welcomed
  • The concept of functional capacity rather than medical diagnosis should underpin an assessment of closeness or distance from the labour market
  • No definitive assessment of incapacity to work should be made before a young person has completed education/training
  • Income support to young adults with disabilities should be branded as supports to education, training and inclusion, with appropriate terms and conditions
  • The minimum age should be raised to 18
  • The terms under which people can work and continue to draw Disability Allowance should be widely publicised, and automated and computerised tools developed to show that work pays
  • The conditions governing agency payments (where a family member or service provider receives the allowance on behalf of the person concerned) should be aligned with the new legislation on legal capacity

Response to the Value for Money Review of the Disability Allowance Payment