Budget 2021 must address Funding Crisis within Disability Service

 

 

Speaking as a cross party opposition motion comes before the Dáil tonight on the funding for disability services, Sinn Féin TD Paul Donnelly for Dublin West said:

 

“Families, Carers and Service Providers have been stretched to their limits during the pandemic, many are at breaking point.

 

“The Government’s allocation of €10 million to the sector is frankly an insult and will not address the funding crisis for services for people with disabilities.

 

“Charities and other bodies that rely on fundraising will lose an average of 40% of their income due to Covid 19 and, due to chronic underfunding by successive Governments, disability services are carrying over €40 million in deficits.

 

“After months of closure, recently reopened disability day services are currently operating at 40% capacity.

 

“These are crucial supports for people with disabilities and their families – full capacity must be restored as a matter of priority.

 

“Budget 2021 must also include an increase in Personal Assistance provision and funding for dementia supports and services.

 

“I welcome support from opposition TDs for this cross-party motion tonight, which highlights how serious and urgent this situation is.

 

“This motion tonight sends a strong message to the Government – Budget 2021 must address the Funding Crisis within Disability Services.” ENDs

 

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