Government must value Vulnerable Communities on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

02 December 2023

On the eve of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Deputy Duncan Smith, Labour’s Health Spokesperson, calls on Government to act, highlighting their failure in supporting the most vulnerable members of our society.

Deputy Smith said:

“Government’s Budget 2024 was a staggering display of disregard for the needs of persons with disabilities. A lack of provision for services stands as an indictment of their inability to prioritise the welfare of those who require specialised care and attention.

“Labour’s alternative Budget 2024 outlined a comprehensive plan for increased funding and investment in disability services, under the Disability Capacity Review. These proposals present a tangible pathway toward improved services and support structures, an avenue the Government has regrettably neglected.

“There is a critical need for a strategic roadmap focusing on service enhancements concerning diagnostic services for children and young individuals. The absence of action for the betterment of these services only exposes the Government’s lack of foresight and also denies young individuals the opportunity for more inclusive and supportive services.”

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