Greens and Disability Advocacy Alliance rally against ‘heartless’ disability advocacy cuts

Greens Disability spokesperson, Dawn Walker MP, Greens MP for Newtown Jenny Leong and the Disability Advocacy Alliance will hold a rally in Redfern on Tuesday 12 December against the NSW Government’s planned cuts to disability advocacy funding that will see a dramatic loss in support for people with a disability around NSW. 

The NSW Government will cut funding in June 2018, leaving many disability advocacy organisations with an uncertain future.The loss of these organisations will severely impact residents with disabilities, leaving them without in area support services. 

“I’m appalled that NSW Liberal-Nationals think it’s acceptable to cut core funding from our disability advocacy services that assist some of the most vulnerable people in our community with a range of everyday issues, including housing needs, service complaints and even developing their NDIS applications and plans.

“These heartless cuts mean organisations which have been assisting people with a disability in Redfern may be forced to massively decrease the number of people they support, lay-off staff and possibly even close altogether. 

“This is a Government that likes to crow about budget surpluses, but shows its true colours when it refuses to fund essential disability services. They use the transition to the NDIS as cover for these cuts, but other states like Victoria have stepped in to ensure that their disability advocacy funding will be maintained, despite the NDIS rollout. NSW must do the same, said Dawn Walker MP. 

“We are calling on the NSW Premier to show some heart and reverse these cruel cuts to ensure advocacy organisations including retain their funding beyond 2018.

“These organisations do vital work to support people with a disability in the Newtown community and across NSW – it is crucial that their funding continues.” said Jenny Leong MP 

The looming funding cuts have occurred because the State Government will roll disability advocacy services funding, worth $13 million state-wide, into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). However, the NDIS does not cover advocacy services, leaving a major funding gap for NSW's disability advocacy services that will impact nearly 50 disability advocacy services in NSW, many in regional NSW.

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