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Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy Services

MINISTERS’ REPLIES TO PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS ON HEALTH & CHILDREN AND YOUTH AFFAIRS

For Written Answer on : 11/12/2018
Question Number(s): 275 Question Reference(s): 51511/18
Department: Health
Asked by: Joan Burton T.D.
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QUESTION

To ask the Minister for Health the length of time children are waiting for speech therapy and occupational therapy services after assessment for developmental language disorder a nationally; the comparable length of time for the Dublin 15 area; the number of children on such a waiting list nationally and in the Dublin 15 area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.
As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy

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For Written Answer on : 11/12/2018
Question Number(s): 286 Question Reference(s): 51566/18
Department: Health
Asked by: Joan Burton T.D.
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QUESTION

To ask the Minister for Health the length of time  children are waiting for services in terms of speech and occupational therapy after assessment for a developmental language disorder at national level; the comparable length of time for the Dublin 15 area; and the number of children on such a waiting list nationally and in the Dublin 15 area, respectively.

REPLY

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.

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For Written Answer on : 11/12/2018
Question Number(s): 476,478 Question Reference(s): 51509/18, 51565/18
Department: Children and Youth Affairs
Asked by: Joan Burton T.D.
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QUESTION

* To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the average cost of childcare services for pre-school children nationally; the average cost of such services in Dublin city and county; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

– Joan Burton T.D.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 11 December, 2018.

* To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the average cost of childcare services for pre-school children; and the average cost of such services in Dublin city and county.

– Joan Burton T.D.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 11 December, 2018.

REPLY

The cost of childcare in Ireland is a major challenge for families in Ireland. In particular it is a challenge to mothers returning to work and single parent families. Due to decades of underinvestment , we have inherited one of the most expensive models of early learning and care in Europe. But this is changing.

Record numbers of families availed of government subsidies to reduce this cost for families; including more than 40,000 children registered for the universal, non means tested subsidy of up to €1,040 per year whilst tens of thousands of families that needed it most received subsidies of up to €145 per week deducted from their childcare fees. This year the rise in cost charged for childcare was 2%, half of what was experienced the previous year.

In addition the number of children participating in the ECCE (free pre-school) scheme has doubled; whilst the scheme itself has lengthened to 76 weeks per child.

Earlier this year the Oireachtas signed the Childcare Support Act; putting the entitlement to financial support for childcare on a legislative footing for the first time.

In 2019, we will launch the Affordable Childcare Scheme, a radical new approach to how families access financial support towards quality early learning and care.

It will take time to deliver the world class system of early learning and care that families deserve but I am confident that we are moving swiftly in the right direction to achieve this goal.

Table: Cost charged for childcare – County by County

CountyFull day carePart-time careSessional
Dublin – Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown€233.26€127.45€86.26
Cork City€206.67€104.27€68.68
Dublin – Fingal€206.25€115.23€71.44
Dublin – South Dublin€202.25€116.92€72.17
Wicklow€200.21€102.47€71.77
Dublin – Dublin City€195.79€115.71€71.90
Cork County€192.37€108.57€71.06
Meath€183.52€100.68€68.80
Kildare€181.39€113.42€73.59
Kerry€172.17€90.24€62.01
Louth€172.12€101.05€68.69
Westmeath€167.97€90.50€69.45
Donegal€167.22€100.98€59.92
Wexford€166.34€97.30€67.69
Laois€164.46€103.04€66.85
Offaly€162.00€102.33€68.01
Kilkenny€159.87€88.61€66.46
Galway€159.44€96.29€67.33
Limerick€159.00€90.12€67.98
Clare€157.72€90.54€67.50
Waterford€157.24€88.94€61.55
Cavan€156.94€91.13€63.21
Leitrim€156.54€75.00€62.14
Mayo€156.40€85.04€64.26
Tipperary€155.08€92.02€67.33
Sligo€153.48€98.47€74.11
Roscommon€151.00€85.55€63.69
Carlow€149.53€84.29€70.02
Monaghan€147.97€80.12€64.35
Longford€146.56€88.68€63.31
Total€177.92€101.82€68.95