Labour's disability issues spokesperson Clare CurranFriday 21 September 2012, 2:41PM
Media release from Labour's disability issues spokesperson
Tony Ryall is scaremongering as a ruse to avoid addressing how the
Government will provide payments to family caregivers of disabled
adults, Labour's Disability Issues spokesperson Clare Curran
In a landmark decision earlier this year the Appeal Court ruled
that excluding family members from payment for the provision of
disability support services was discrimination.
"At that time Mr Ryall said a new policy should be in place at the
beginning of 2013, and carers could then apply to the Ministry of
Health to be assessed for the number of hours they are entitled to
"He also warned that current entitlements could change to help pay
for the new policy.
"Four weeks ago I wrote to Mr Ryall saying that Labour understood
the difficulties inherent in resolving the issue and that we were
happy to discuss co-operative and long-term solutions to it.
"However, Mr Ryall is back on his bandwagon today, using dodgy
figures to scare the public into thinking paying family caregivers
will cost too much.
"He quotes $400 million, whereas other estimates have put the cost
at anything between $17 million and $64 million.
"Tony Ryall needs to get his figures sorted out and stop
"All these carers want is a fair go, recognition of their rights
and reasonable recompense. These are families who need help and
it's high time they received it," said Clare Curran.