SOCIAL DEMOCRATS MOTION WED JULY 6TH

The following Motion is being brought to the Dáil by Social Democrats on Wed 6th July.

VIA SOCIAL DEMOCRATS TD HOLLY CAIRNS:

The sheer scale of inequality and injustice faced by disabled people and families of children with special needs and disabilities is one the key things I have learned as a TD. A lack of school places, under-staffed HSE teams, insufficient public transport, obstacles to getting employment. These are all symptoms of a much larger issue.

In response the Social Democrats are using some of our limited Dáil time to put forward a motion for action on disability. We are asking the government to:

  • Introduce a payment in Budget 2023 of at least €20 per week as a first step to addressing the significant additional costs of having a disability.

  • Publish the Action Plan to implement the Disability Capacity Review, including a plan to fill the 732 vacant posts for therapists providing services for children with disabilities.

  • Publish the Action Plan to implement the Cost of Disability report, which found that the additional cost of disability was up to €12,300 per annum

  • Guarantee an appropriate school place for every child with a disability.

I believe these are key steps to help address the larger systematic issues. Increased disability payments and vastly improved state education and health services will make a significant difference in the lives of ordinary people with disabilities.

The only way the government will act on these points is if there is enough public pressure. Below is a short email I am suggesting that you send to your TDs to push them to support our motion to help address the cost of disability crisis and the disgraceful shortage of public services.

The motion will be discussed on this Wednesday, 6th July at 10am. You can watch the discussion live that morning here: https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/oireachtas-tv/dail-eireann-live/

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If you would like to support this motion, please consider sending the following email to your TD. You can find details for your TDs here: www.whoismytd.com


Dear NAME

I am writing to ask you to support the Social Democrat Motion on the Cost of Disability this Wednesday in the Dáil.

It is calling for concrete action to assist disabled people and families of children with a disability. These include a payment in Budget 2023 of at least €20 per week as a first step to addressing the significant additional costs of having a disability, filling the 732 vacant posts for therapists providing services for children with disabilities, and guaranteeing an appropriate school place for every child with a disability.

These actions and more are necessary to provide the services and support that people with disabilities are entitled to.

I am strongly in favour of this motion and I hope you will support it.

Regards,

NAME




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