Below is a summary of current policy and research work underway.  All matters are being progressed, as appropriate, on an on-going basis.

October 2016

Download the briefing document for Crosscare's meeting with Leo Varadkar, Minister for Social Protection on 17th October 2016. 

Crosscare's Homeless Services Submission to the New Drugs Strategy (Oct 2016) can be downloaded here.

August 2016

Over the last year Crosscare have noted an increase in returning Irish emigrants who are homeless and have difficulties accessing supports. Crosscare has worked on identifying the issues and submitted the following document to Minister Mc Hugh and relevant statutory bodies. Read it at the following link: Barriers for returning Irish emigrants accessing homeless supports

Crosscare responded to the call for submissions for the Department of Social Protection 3-year Strategy with proposals for the DSP to prioritise 4 areas of work – social protection for under-25s, homelessness, migrants (including returning Irish emigrants) and food poverty – download here.

Crosscare’s Pre-budget 2017 submission to the Dept. of Social Protection is available to download here.  It focusses on the hardship created by the reduced social welfare payments to people who are under 25 years. Crosscare presented this at the pre-budget forum on 22 July 2016 hosted by Minister Varadkar.

July 2016

In collaboration with the GAA, Crosscare carried out a survey with GAA clubs globally between September and November 2015 to find out about the experiences of Irish emigrants leaving Ireland, those living abroad and also possible barriers to returning to Ireland. Read the full report at the following link: Irish emigrant perspectives on emigration

Crosscare submitted a report to the HSE on the issue of people being discharged from hospital into homelessness – this report can be found here: Hospital Discharges Report July 2016

Crosscare collated matters arising in relation to aftercare services for people leaving care. See our submission to TUSLA (The Child & Family Agency) – Crosscare Aftercare Service Submission to TUSLA The Child & Family Agency July 2016

May 2016

Crosscare submitted a detailed document to the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and homelessness detailing issues experienced by people using Crosscare services. Many of our points were included in that Committee's plan that went to Minister Coveney - click here to go to the Oireachtas website with full details.  Crosscare’s submission is available here: Crosscare Submission – Committee on Housing & Homelessness May 2016

Crosscare co-ordinates a ‘Migrant Consultative Forum’ with representatives from NGOs and the Department of Social Protection around migrants access to social welfare supports.  Our ‘Person or Number? 2’ publication (click here) details some of the issues and proposes solutions.  The Forum is working on various issues including staff training and access to supplementary welfare allowances.

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