NSW Labor has committed to funding disability advocacy services in perpetuity, following the Berejiklian Government’s two-year stay of execution being labelled ‘not enough’ by many in the disability services sector.
After spending months insisting that independent advocacy services were no longer needed because of the NDIS, the Premier back flipped last Friday, announcing a two-year extension of current funding beyond July this year.
However, a gathering of more than 200 people with disability, their carers and advocates in Parliament House today, urged the Premier to look beyond simply surviving the next election and commit to long term, sustainable funding.
Independent and systemic advocacy services are not funded under the NDIS. There are also thousands of people with disabilities in NSW who will never participate in the NDIS.
NSW Labor understands the importance of disability advocacy services to ensure people with a disability can participate fully in communities across NSW. A Foley Labor Government will continue funding to these vital services in perpetuity.
Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader, Luke Foley
“Under a Government led by me, disability advocacy services will be funded in perpetuity.
“The Berejiklian Government’s backflip last week was only a stay of execution for the sector, not a solution.
“We understand the importance of people with disabilities being able to access independent information and advice, particularly for those living in rural and regional areas.”
Quotes attributable to Acting Shadow Minister for Disability Services, Kate Washington
“Until long term funding is secured, disability advocacy services in NSW will be under threat.
“The Berejiklian Government is only concerned with surviving the next election. It’s clear they still don’t understand the disability sector, refusing to accept that the NDIS is not the solution to every problem.
“It’s abundantly clear that the Liberals and Nationals want to vacate the disability sector entirely. Their goal is to deliver no services or support to people with disabilities in NSW.
“People with disabilities in NSW deserve a voice beyond 2020 in NSW.“
This item was distributed as a media release on Tuesday 10 April 2018.