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Dsp supports for people with disability employers

DSP Supports for People with Disability & Employers

IASE

National Disability Policy Information Event

Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin

Wednesday November 14th 2012


Context
Context …

  • DSP now has a staffing complement of approximately 7,000 following the merger of the Community Welfare Service and the FÁS Community & Employment Services into the Department in the last year.

  • DSP is now one of the largest public service organisations in the country.

  • Deeply engaged in a process of transformation.


Transformation
Transformation …

  • Meeting the business requirement to align the DSP, CWS and FÁS regions;

  • The on-going need to manage and deliver the considerable range of programmes and schemes that the Department is now responsible for in an efficient and effective manner;

  • The need to provide a management structure in each region capable of delivering the integration and synergy of the three organisations;

  • The need to maximise the benefit to our customers - whether they be the taxpayer, or the benefit recipient, or those who must be supported back to work.


Broader responsibilities in the disability area
Broader responsibilities in the disability area

  • Income supports

    • Disability Allowance

      • Income disregard

      • Age issues

    • Invalidity pension

      • Interaction with PCB

    • Illness Benefit

      • SSP issues

    • OIB

    • Partial Capacity

      • Effectiveness/operational issues


Employment supports
Employment supports

  • EmployAbility

    • Supported Employment Programme

    • Wage Subsidy scheme

    • Reasonable Accommodation Fund

      • Employee Retention Grant

      • Workplace Equipment and Adaptation Grant

      • Personal Reader Grant

      • Job Interviewer interpreter grant

    • Disability Awareness Training


Disability activation project
Disability Activation Project

  • Phase II – DACT

  • > €7 m. between now and early 2015

  • Managed by Pobal

  • 14 projects selected across BMW region

    • 4 strands

      • improving access to employment;

      • progression for young people with disabilities;

      • progression for people with an acquired disability;

      • innovative engagement with employers.


Questions questions questions
Questions, questions, questions …

  • How do we improve effectiveness of employment supports?

  • How to we fit WSS and Reasonable Accommodation into new DSP structures to ensure better awareness, delivery and value for money?

  • How do we ensure consistency of approach across SUP? (administration, governance, finance etc.)

  • How do we enhance tracking of SUP participants after they leave the programme?


More questions
More questions ….

  • How do we enhance PCB take-up and address operational issues?

  • How do we address the issues associated with the DA income disregard?

  • How do we ensure that the outcomes of the DACT are fed into the wider evolving activation agenda?

  • How do we tie in with the engagement with employers – new ‘stakeholders’ for the DSP?

  • How do we ensure effective engagement with stakeholders, including IASE?


So we re trying to move from
So we’re trying to move from ….

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