NO DISABILITY OR RESPITE SUPPORT IN NAPTHINE’S BUDGET

Posted on 09. May, 2014 in News

Denis Napthine’s Budget does not support people with a disability.

The Budget completely bypasses additional respite and funding for aids and equipment.

There is no mention of investment for respite beds or extra facilities.

Respite care all over the state is currently being used for inappropriate longer term care, at the same time the budget has not provided for any growth in supported accommodation places.

Victorians with a disability will have to wait even longer for the aids and equipment they need to live more independently as the aids and equipment program, cut in half previously, was ignored again in this budget.

Quotes attributable to Ms Mikakos:

“Denis Napthine’s priorities are all wrong.”

“Thanks to Denis Napthine’s Budget, Victorians with a disability will have to wait even longer for the support they need.”

“Denis Napthine’s budget is heartless and leaves people with a disability out on their own.”

Key Facts

• There are 4,200 Victorians with a disability on the Disability Support Register, waiting for some level of support from Government.
• Parents who cannot access short term respite are increasingly making the heartbreaking decision to relinquish their children to the state.
• There is no output in the budget for respite care or for aids and equipment (BP 3, page 28).
• Many people are going without daily essentials in an attempt to pay for expensive custom made aids and equipment.

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