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To: Hon. Dr David Clark, Minister of Health, Hon. Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Social Development, Minister for Disability Issues, Hon. Chris Hipkins
STOP underfunding the disability sector now
We, the undersigned, call on the Ministers of Health, Social Development and Education to bridge the 12% gap between current disability support sector funding and the real costs of support in the 2019 'Wellbeing' Budget.
Why is this important?
The disability support sector has reached a crisis point.
As a result of government funding not keeping up with huge increases in the cost of living, organisations supporting disabled people are struggling to keep up. According to a report commissioned by the New Zealand Disability Support Network the sector is (conservatively) $150 million behind. (Source: Developing a Workforce to Support Disabled People and their Whānau report, 2018).
Our last national census indicates that one in four New Zealanders identifies as disabled. That is a lot of New Zealanders whose lives are affected by historic underfunding.
We want change now and we want you, as Ministers with the power to advocate for disabled people, to champion the additional 12% funding needed for the sector.
At the moment, kind-hearted kiwis are subsidising some government services through donations and legacies. Organisations, like CCS Disability Action, are also running down precious financial reserves. The current level of underfunding means that services must be trimmed to the bare minimum required by government contracts. These essential services urgently need more funding to ensure disabled New Zealanders can still receive high quality support and the staff who look after them are paid fairly.
If this persistent underfunding is not remedied, disabled Kiwis and their families will be severly disadvantaged. These services are becoming stretched to breaking point. Our chance to act is now, the more momentum we build, the louder our voice will be.
To find out more go to www.ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz.
How it will be delivered
Representatives from the New Zealand Disability Support Network are meeting with key Ministers on the 21 February 2019. We will provide them with the completed petition to strengthen our case for extra funding.