Inclusion Ireland welcomes the publication the Disability Capacity Review to 2032 – A Review of Social Care Demand and Capacity Requirements to 2032 which was published today 15th July 2021 and calls on action after the review to go beyond only addressing urgent and emergency needs.  You can also find an Easy to Read version of the review here

Inclusion Ireland has long campaigned for the publication of this  review which gives sobering details about how much it will cost to resource disability support services between now and 2032. The report quantifies these costs considering expected population change and current unmet needs . In the short term there will be a Framework Action Plan from 2022-2025 to begin implementation of recommendations, which is included in the Programme for Government.

According to the review there will need to be a spend of between 550million extra euro and 1 billion extra euro each year to meet the needs of the growing and ageing population of people with disabilities in Ireland between now and 2032.

Lorraine Dempsey Interim CEO of Inclusion Ireland says: “We welcome the publication of the Disability Capacity Review to 2032. It shows the historical underspend and the significant unmet needs of people with disabilities in Ireland. Any investment in disability support services now and into the future needs to be personalised and person centred in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. (UNCRPD)”.

Ms Dempsey continues “The Disability Capacity Review allows us to get to a position where we can have consistent budgetary planning with multiannual funding which addresses the needs of people with disabilities without resorting to situations becoming urgent or at an emergency level.  We need to go beyond addressing urgent needs to a level of services and supports where people with disabilities have all their needs met so that their human rights can be fully realised. It is critical that investment begins immediately and the costs for 2022 need to be included in the estimates for Budget 2022 which are currently being developed by Government Ministers. The review needs to be more than a report on a shelf and Inclusion Ireland looks forward to working closely with government departments and agencies to ensure its actions become reality”.


For further information please contact Lorraine Dempsey Interim CEO of Inclusion Ireland on 087 7741917 or email

You can find links to the review documents here on the government publications page






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