Sinn Féin has a vision for society in which all citizens can participate fully in life without being left behind. We will further the rights of people with disabilities, not diminish them. The full document can be read here.
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Sinn Féin’s proposals include:
- Increase disability allowance by €20 a week.
- Award a an automatic medical card to every child in receipt of the Domiciliary Care Allowance and introduce a secure medical card for adults with disabilities.
- Expand the Personal Assistant Service (PA) service by increasing PA hours by an additional 500,0000 hours each year for three years.
- Increase respite care services by 20%
- Increase the budget allocation to disability services by €125.7 million.
- Provide additional places for people with disabilities on the Employability Service to allow an additional 1000 people with disabilities and 500 Momentum places for young recipients of Disability Allowance.
- Increase resource teaching hours for children by 15% and provide 1,450 additional SNA’s to facilitate greater access for children with special needs.
- Introduce a major infrastructure programme to make all public transport services fully wheelchair accessible, investing a total of €187 million.
- Charge an Taoiseach with responsibility for Disability Inclusion ensuring a named spokesperson will sit at the Cabinet table and is party to all decisions affecting people with disabilities.
- Establish a Joint Oireachtas Committee on Disability Inclusion.
Also today, Labour launched their plans for dealing with the housing crisis. Their promises ring hollow in the ears of the tens of thousands of families struggling to pay rents, mortgages or on social housing waiting list. See the full statement from Paul Donnelly here.
No recovery for those with disabilities – Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh
Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has criticised Fine Gael and Labour’s record in government of slashing supports for people with disabilities.
Speaking at the launch of Sinn Féin’s policy document on Prioritising Disability Inclusion, Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:
“Fine Gael and Labour bandied about promises to prioritise disability – but these have been badly broken. Instead of empowering and enabling all citizens to have a full and independent life, they have imposed cut after cut, with no plan to restore them. This flies in the face of a fair recovery.
“People with disabilities are one of the groups in our society most vulnerable to poverty and enforced deprivation. And this is a consequence of very deliberate actions by this government to dole out the worst of austerity measures on the most vulnerable.
“Bear in mind that this is a government that slashed the budget for disability services, closed the mobility allowance scheme, halved the housing adaptation grant, cut disability allowance while all the while our public services are being decimated.
“But there is another way. Sinn Féin has a vision for society in which all citizens can participate fully in life without being left behind. We will further the rights of people with disabilities, not diminish them.”
Labour Housing Policy – More of the Same Empty Promises
Sinn Féin General Election Candidate Paul Donnelly has said the Labour housing policy is more of the same empty promises the Irish people have been subjected to over the past five years.
Speaking this morning, the Dublin West candidate said,
“Minister Alan Kelly said today ‘Labour has always historically prioritised the building of social housing’ – yet when given 5 years to deal with homelessness they have turned a serious problem into a national emergency.
“Today they promised to provide €300m to develop an affordable rental housing sector. They have promised to invest €100m to support construction by local authorities. They have promised to spend €200m to support rents in 44,000 affordable housing units.
“But the Irish people have been subjected to 5 years of similar empty promises from Fine Gael and Labour. They are setting out solutions to a problem they caused.
“There are 16,000 homeless children in the State today and officially 89,872 households on local authority waiting lists. This is Labour’s shining legacy.
Paul Donnelly continued,
“Only Sinn Féin has a fully costed and practical plan to tackle Ireland’s housing crisis.
“We will bring the state ownership of housing stock to a minimum of 200,000 by 2030 – 70,000 built social housing units and 30,000 cost purchase and cost rental housing units.
“We will commit €5bn in capital spending in 2016-2021 and ensure the delivery of 36,500 social and affordable houses.
“Our commitments are more than just words; housing will be one of Sinn Féin’s key priorities in Government.” ENDS