The Green Paper is our response to this commitment.
A Green Paper is a Government proposal on how to improve something or solve a problem. It doesn’t claim to be the best way or the only way - its real purpose is to encourage thinking and discussion, and to prompt suggestions. It is, therefore, a useful tool in a public consultation as it provides focus and ensures that everyone is working with the same information.
We now invite submissions from individuals and stakeholder organisations, particularly people with disabilities, Disabled Persons’ Organisations and Disabled Persons’ Representative Organisations, to share their views with us.
The public consultation will be open from 20 September to 15 March 2024.
The deadline has been extended by the Minister following requests from the disability sector. Submissions will be accepted in written and video format.
This Green Paper is not a final reform design. It is a proposal on what the future of long-term disability payments could look like. It doesn’t claim to be the best way or the only way to change the structure of our payments.
The Green Paper is meant to help interested parties (individuals and groups) think about what might work, and to encourage a focused debate around key design issues to reform disability payments in Ireland.
We would like to make this public consultation process as accessible as possible and to reach a wide audience. During this consultation process you can share your views with us at one of our public consultation events, or through a written or video submission.
postal address: Disability and Carers’ Policy Unit, Áras Mhic Dhiarmada, Department of Social Protection, Store Street, Dublin 1, D01 WY03.
The closing date for submissions is 15 March 2024.
Responses received after this date will not be considered.
What to include in your submission
The Green Paper includes questions that people are asked to consider but you don’t have to answer them. Your submission should stay within the subject of the Green Paper - long-term disability payments provided by this department.
Please include contact details in your submission. When responding to this consultation, please state whether you are contributing as an individual or as an organisation, and whether you have lived experience of a disability or not.
If answering particular questions in the Green Paper, respondents are asked to reference the relevant question (for example ‘response to Section 4 Q3’).
Respondents are encouraged to add any additional views and information they believe should be considered. They are also encouraged to provide data sources/any available evidence base for any recommendations made.
This is a public consultation and the Freedom of Information Act 2014 applies.
Any personal information which you volunteer to this department, will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, strictly in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/67 and the Data Protection Act 2018. Please note the following:
The information provided in your submission will be shared with members of the Disability and Carers’ Policy Unit, with any personal data redacted.
the department may publish the outcome of the reviews and submissions received under this consultation on www.gov.ie, and a full list of those who make submissions may be included as an appendix in any reporting that emerges from the consultation process. Any personal data will be redacted
any non-personal information received by the department included in submissions may be released under the FOI Act. Should a request for this information be made, the department will consult with you before making a decision should it be required to disclose it. Again, any personal data would be redacted in line with FOI legislation
submissions will be retained until the review process, including the implementation of any accepted recommendations, has been concluded