Accessible building programme moving forward

in News · 10-07-2020 01:00:00 · 0 Comments

This month the Government will launch an accessibility programme to allow works on some 2,400 public buildings to improve access for people with disabilities.

According to the Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho, the works will be taking place in Social Security offices, at Employment and Vocational Training Institute (IEFP) offices, in health care establishments, in buildings in higher education, the Tax Authority, the Ministry of Internal Administration, the Public Security Police (PSP) and some cultural facilities.

The Accessibility to Public Services and Public Roads Programme, part of the Economic and Social Stability Programme (PEES), aims to “guarantee access and care for all people with disabilities” by eliminating architectural barriers and creating spaces with access conditions for all.

The PEES foresees an investment of €58 million in the programme, financed by the State Budget and community funds.
Also this month, the Radar Social Programme should start, with the launch of the notice for the hiring of “3,000 technicians throughout the national territory”.

The Radar Social Programme aims to “monitor elderly people to promote active and healthy aging, through social support services at home”, providing for the hiring of 3,000 young graduates to integrate into the network throughout the country.

In a hearing by the team of State Secretaries of Minister Ana Mendes Godinho, in June, the Government had already advanced that it wanted the pilot projects for 10 Units of Day and Promotion of Autonomy (UPDA) to start later this year.

The UPDA are “an integrated response in the National Network of Integrated Continuous Care of an outpatient clinic, for users in need of diversified health care and social support who do not require hospitalisation”, according to PEES.

The diploma provides for a programme with a cost of €21 million per year, to be financed by the State Budget and by community funds.


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