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SI Disability services funding cut by $10.5million

Dr Lynda Scott
Opposition Associate Health Spokesperson

Sunday 18 June 2000

South Island disability services funding cut by $10.5million

"The Government has slashed $10.5million from disability support services for South Islanders," Opposition Association Health spokesperson Lynda Scott said today.

"The Government rhetoric claims this Budget 'shows its commitment to a healthier New Zealand'.

"But they seem to have dropped South Islanders off their commitment list.

"The Disability Minister Ruth Dyson is a South Island MP and her first decision for the region is to cut funding.

"Older people, people with epilepsy and those with intellectual disabilities will be alarmed, and Ruth Dyson must front up and explain.

"The revelation of the $10.5million reduction for disability support services for the Southern Region is buried deep in the Budget. (page 639 Vol 1)

"We get a cut, while every other region gets more funding for disability support services. What have we done wrong?

"South Islanders will find it hard to stomach that the money we've lost for disability support services is about the same as the cost of doing up the Beehive.

"The Government has hidden both changes in the depths of the Budget documentation.

"Ruth Dyson has let down disability services, and she has let down the South Island."

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