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Inclusion Ireland calls for whole of government approach to Budget 2019 to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are strengthened.
Inclusion Ireland is calling on the government to take measures in Budget 2019 to give effect to the newly ratified United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), including investment in education, de-institutionalisation, accessible transport and anti-poverty measures.
Speaking as the national association for people with an intellectual disability launches its Pre-Budget 2019 campaign, CEO Paddy Connolly said: “ratifying the UNCRPD was just the beginning and Ireland has an opportunity, as well as a framework, to make us a world leader that values, respects and upholds the rights of people with disabilities. To do so, will require investment, reform and a change in culture.”
Demonstrating the cross-societal reform needed, Inclusion Ireland is calling on eight government ministers to take budgetary measures to promote the rights of people with disabilities and is asking Minister for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath, to make sure that all ministers are considering the rights of people with disabilities in their budget estimates.
Mr Connolly continued: “Action must be taken right across society and this requires commitment from across all government departments. If Ireland wants to be compliant with the UNCRPD then there are significant changes to be made and Budget 2019 is the perfect place to start. We are calling on Minister McGrath to make sure that all government ministers recognise their responsibilities towards people with disabilities”.
Among the asks for Budget 2019, Inclusion Ireland is calling for the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform to equality proof Budget 2019, meaning that each Department’s budget should be checked to make sure that people with disabilities are treated equally in it.
Inclusion Ireland is also calling for specific measures in Budget 2019 such as;
- Investment in Disabled Persons Organisations so that persons with disabilities will have their say on the implementation and monitoring of the UNCRPD.
- Investment in housing in order to ensure that the 2,370 people with a disability who remain in institutions can move to a home in the community.
- Reduce class sizes so that the one in five children who are in a class of 30 or more pupils can benefit. A reduction in class-sizes benefits all children, including those who have special educational needs.
- Investment in accessible transport options for people with disabilities, recognising that more than one in four persons with disabilities do not use public transport due to accessibility reasons.
- Investment in a 'cost of disability' commission to identify ways to address the issue of poverty among disabled people.
Mr. Connolly said “At the core of the UNCRPD is that people with disabilities should have an independent life in the community, with support, and this requires the recognition of a person with a disability's right to enjoy all areas of life from employment, education, housing, transport, child welfare and self-representation. All of these areas of life are covered by the UNCRPD, but serious investment is required in Budget 2019 to ensure that disabled people can enjoy them on an equal basis with others”
Read more about Inclusion Ireland’s Pre-Budget 2019 campaign here: http://www.inclusionireland.ie/budget2019
Inclusion Ireland is a national rights-based advocacy organisation that works to promote the rights of people with an intellectual disability. The organisation provides a central forum to identify priorities and formulate nationally agreed policies to present to government, statutory bodies, other relevant groups as well as the general public. Inclusion Ireland campaigns for changes in services and legislation that will improve the quality of life and participation of people with an intellectual disability in Irish society in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the human rights convention concerning persons with disabilities. It is a list of rights guaranteed to persons with disabilities to improve their quality of life and to provide them with equal status in their respective nations. Ireland ratified the UNCRPD in 2018, 10 years after signing the Convention and was the last country to ratify the UNCRPD in Europe.