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Disability Federation Ireland “Count Me In!” Conference Tuesday 3 March 2009. Speech by Mary Doyle Assistant Secretary Economic and Social Policy Division Department of the Taoiseach. New Economic Context. Extraordinary time of financial turbulence & speed of downturn

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disability federation ireland count me in conference tuesday 3 march 2009

Disability Federation Ireland“Count Me In!” ConferenceTuesday 3 March 2009

Speech by Mary Doyle

Assistant Secretary

Economic and Social Policy Division

Department of the Taoiseach

new economic context
New Economic Context
  • Extraordinary time of financial turbulence & speed of downturn
  • New national and international economic environment
  • This poses significant challenges for the whole of society
  • Urgent focus on improving competitiveness & supporting people who lose their jobs
value of social partnership
Value of Social Partnership
  • Vehicle for identifying challenges to and opportunities for our economic and social development, and agreeing responses to them
  • Has provided stability, forged effective relationships and developed many excellent structures
  • Towards 2016 Lifecycle Approach – policy innovation & person centred approach
  • Recognition of role for Community & Voluntary groups
national disability strategy
National Disability Strategy
  • People with Disabilities – Lifecycle Stage in Towards 2016
  • Focus on implementation of the Strategy
  • Clear governance and monitoring framework
  • Value of ongoing active engagement
  • Partnership approach at national and sectoral level.
local level implementation
Local Level Implementation
  • Translating national policy into meaningful and effective services at community level
  • Requires substantive and continuing dialogue and cooperation between national and local government, and between local government and relevant local stakeholders
  • Local Authority Access Officers a key enabler and conduit for this dialogue and collaboration,
  • Access Officers Network will have a key role in fostering collaboration and disseminating best practice
integrated public services the oecd view
Integrated Public Services – the OECD view
  • Recognises its important role and its path to modernisation – huge potential in the system
  • Advocates a greater focus on targeting services from the perspective of the citizen i.e. the lifecycle approach
  • Need for improved dialogue and greater connectivity to address fragmentation
  • Doesn’t mean inventing new structures/layers, rather making better use of what we have – this will be our mantra!
task force on the public service
Task Force on the Public Service
  • Task Force recommends enhanced application of lifecycle approach, and to promote and facilitate participation of socially excluded
  • Greater focus on case-working approaches, with multi-skilled teams working together across organisational and sectoral boundaries
  • It suggests development of networks bringing together relevant Public Sector and other stakeholder interests
  • New Cabinet Committee on Public Service to oversee the transformation process
role of local government
Role of Local Government
  • Importance of local government structures to…
    • developing models of integrated service delivery through collaborative arrangements
    • leading delivery of shared services, case-based approaches and integrated responses
  • CDBs’ role in providing joined-up services and bringing stakeholders together in collaborative forum
  • Need for stakeholders and disability groups to work with service providers to show that process can help deliver their own business goals
conclusion
CONCLUSION
  • Current NESF work examining local delivery of child literacy and social inclusion policies and the Home Care Support Scheme
  • Best use of limited resources
  • Time to reflect on how we do business
  • Perspective of the service user – integrated services & opportunities for dialogue