Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Disabled Budget targets carers, school leavers

Hon Ruth Dyson
Minister for Disability Issues

15 June 2000

Budget targets carers, school leavers with disabilities

Today's Budget delivers on Labour's key commitments to people with disabilities, Minister for Disability Issues Ruth Dyson says.

"Before the election, we signalled that our priorities were carer support and vocational services. This Budget delivers on both those fronts."

An additional $10 million a year (including GST) has been allocated for disability support services. The money will target carer support ($4.1 million), residential care and other flexible living options for people with high complex needs ($3.1 million), and home support and personal care ($2.8 million).

Ms Dyson says the new funding acknowledges the greater disadvantage of Mäori and Pacific peoples. Thirty five per cent of the new funding overall will go towards developing services for Mäori and improving their access to services.

In the Auckland locality, 17 per cent of the new funding will go towards developing services for Pacific people and improving their access to services.

School leavers with disabilities are also Budget winners, with increased funding for vocational services.

"For too long, there has been a big gap between school leavers' rightful expectations of their employment options when they leave school, and our ability to meet those expectations," Ms Dyson says. "This funding will help address that gap."

New funding of $4.51 million (including GST) has been allocated to vocational services in the 2000/2001 year. This will increase to $6.616 million in 20001/2002, $4.53 million in 2002/03 and $5.76 million in subsequent years.

The funding is targeted at school leavers with severe, multiple and complex disabilities; school leavers with disabilities who have high needs and require day and vocational services; and adults with disabilities.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>


Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>


Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>


Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels