The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) launches today its latest report: “How to fund quality care and support services: 7 key elements”. The Report aims to bring to light the debates and conclusions of the International Conference: “Investing in Social Services, Investing in People”, which took place on 16th & 17th May in Bucharest, Romania. The report also proposes 7 key elements which public authorities should consider in the development or reform of funding models for social care and support services.
On 16th-17th May EASPD’s European Conference ‘Investing in Social Services, Investing in People,’ co-hosted alongside their local partners, brought together support services, service beneficiaries, representatives of the European Commission, public authorities as well as public and private investors, to explore how funding models can enable social care and support providers to improve their services.
The new Report “How to fund quality care and support services: 7 key elements” analyses and provides recommendations on how reserved markets, public procurement, personal budgets and private investment can help care and support providers provide quality services, in line with the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the European Pillar of Social Rights. The report also calls for a stronger role of the EU in the funding of social services and concludes with 7 key elements which all public authorities must take into account in the development of new or reform of old funding models for social care and support.
The Conference discussions and this subsequent report can be summarised very clearly by Rodolfo Cattani, Executive Committee member of the European Disability Forum, who rightly argues that “Social services are a means to facilitate the active participation of all in the community. They are only useful if they serve this goal. Ensuring that they are sufficiently funded is crucial. Another aspect is to design the funding in a way that allows Service Providers to be easily adapted and tailored to the individual needs of beneficiaries.”
At the launch of the Report, its author Thomas Bignal, EASPD Policy Advisor, highlighted that “Funding models are not neutral instruments, they affect the way social care and support services are developed, they also affect how the UN CRPD and the European Pillar of Social Rights are implemented.”
The report highlights 7 key elements that EASPD recommends all public authorities consider in any reform of their funding models:
- Mindset first
- Creating the right Funding model for this mindset
- Commitment by all stakeholders, including financial commitment by public authorities
- Partnership and Dialogue between stakeholders
- The flexibility to innovate for service providers
- Developing effective quality and monitoring systems
- Creating support and capacity-building structures for all stakeholders
Luk Zelderloo, Secretary General EASPD, added that “this report includes very significant recommendations on the development of funding models for social services, with clear views on reserved markets, public procurement, personal budgets and private investment. It will help to guide our cooperation with the EU institutions and other key stakeholders in the coming years. We hope it will also inspire readers across Europe and the world.”
- EASPD Report: “How to fund quality care and support services: 7 key elements”
- Bucharest Conference Website
- Press Release: EASPD Bucharest Conference
- EASPD Position Paper on MFF
- Press Release: Four steps to make InvestEU a success for Social Infrastructure Investment
- Press Release: The Price of Quality
- Press Release in PDF
Note to editors:
The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities is a non-profit European umbrella organization, established in 1996, and currently representing over 17,000 social and health support services for persons with disabilities. EASPD advocates effective and high-quality disability-related services in the field of education, employment and individualised support, in line with the UN CRPD principles, which could bring benefits not only to persons with disabilities, but to society as a whole.