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NSW Govt ignores inquiry recommendation that it reverse plans to axe disability advocacy funding

The NSW Government has refused to back down on its plans to axe funding for disability advocacy, today all but ignoring a key parliamentary inquiry recommendation that says that funding for advocacy is crucial for people with disability.
In its response to the recent inquiry into the implementation of the NDIS, the NSW Government simply stated that it ‘noted’ the recommendation that it continue to provide vital funding for disability advocacy, information and representation organisations past 2020.

Stand by Me campaign spokesperson and CEO of the Physical Disability Council NSW, Serena Ovens, said the timing of the NSW Government’s response – just as everyone heads off on their Christmas break - and the seemingly deliberate avoidance of the recommendation to continue to fund advocacy shows a lack of respect for people with disability.

“The NSW Government had an opportunity to provide people with a disability with the Christmas gift of knowing disability advocacy funding is going to be secure into the future, but instead the Disability Minister has decided to play Grinch and refuse to guarantee a future for these vital services,” Ms Ovens said

“There are millions of people with a disability in NSW now heading off to Christmas incredibly worried that the vital services they rely on to ensure their voices are heard are still on the chopping block.

“The Disability Minister’s quiet avoidance of the recommendation that funding for disability advocacy continue is a worrying sign that he is intent on ignoring the cries of people with a disability and cutting these services off.

“People with disability rely on these services to make sure we’re getting a fair deal - whether it’s advocating for improved access on public transport, protecting workplace rights, dealing with horrific cases of abuse, exploitation or discrimination, or helping navigate the NDIS

“The NSW Government’s own inquiry into the NDIS found that funding for these services is crucial, yet the Disability Minister is refusing to acknowledge the need for it.
“This government is fast running out of time to reverse its horrific decision to axe funding for disability advocacy, information and representation organisations.

“Funding the services that provide people with disability with vital support isn’t just the right thing to do, it also makes economic sense. The NSW Government owes the people of NSW an explanation as to why it is refusing to commit to ongoing funding that would allow these disability organisations to stay open.

Media contact: Alana Mew, 0419 929 722

The Stand by Me campaign is run by a coalition of 22 disability advocacy, information and representation organisations in NSW. For more information go to www.standbyme.org.au
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Great to meet with Geoffrey Lee yesterday to discuss longterm funding of much needed #disability #advocacy and ensure a voice and support for all people with disability in NSW post June 19. Local members Disability Advocacy NSW and Mdaa Mdaa told of the huge need for their services and issues in the local Parramatta electorate.

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NSW Parliamentary Inquiry calls for longterm advocacy funding!

The much awaited report on the NSW implementation of the NDIS released today set down 23 recommendations, many of which centred around the NSW government ensuring it remains committed to services for all people with disability in NSW.

The committee acknowledged the significant contribution of advocacy organisations in the disability sector and the important work they do in supporting and advocating for anyone with a disability, their families and their carers, regardless of whether they are eligible for the NDIS.

The committee also believes it is imperative that funding from the NSW Government continue after 2020 to ensure people with a disability can exercise their rights and be included members of the community, also acknowledging the importance of the broader advocacy services and advice these organisations provide.

The #StandByMe campaign calls on Gladys Berejiklian to publicly commit to this vital funding now and ensure people with disability have a voice now, and into the future!
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Labor, Greens and Independents all support ongoing funding for disability advocacy in NSW. We call on the NSW Premier to reverse the funding cuts on International Day of People with Disability #idpwd #standbyme
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The NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance calls on Premier Berejiklian to publicly commit to people with disability on this all important day and announce long term funding for #disability #advocacy and peak organizations! #standbyme #idpwd2018

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