Funding of Social Services
Social services require sufficient funding by public authorities (directly or indirectly) in order to provide quality services to persons with disabilities, in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. To ensure the continuity, accessibility, adaptability and affordability of quality social services, the funding must be both sufficient but also designed in a way which allows them to provide quality services and decent jobs.
As a European organisation, EASPD works significantly with the EU to ensure its economic coordination (European Semester) and legal frameworks (Public Procurement and State Aid) play a facilitating role in designing the sector’s funding eco-system. The EU also has many funding programmes which also provide a variety of opportunities for many service providers, including the European Social Fund+, European Regional Development Fund, InvestEU, Creative Europe, Horizon Europe and the Recovery and Resilience Facility.