In the lead up to Budget 2019, Inclusion Ireland conducted public consultations in Cork, Sligo and Tullamore, and an online survey to find out what our members and supporters would like to see prioritised in the next government budget.
The responses received during these consultations form the basis of Inclusion Ireland's pre-budget submissions to each government department.
This year, Inclusion Ireland will focus on the ways that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) can be applied to people's everyday lives.
We would encourage each government department to ensure that all decisions made for Budget 2019 promotes equality, eliminates discrimination and ensures that human rights are realised.
Please click here to read Inclusion Ireland's Press Release on Budget 2019
You can download our Budget Priorities in 2019 info sheet here.
The UNCRPD in action
In each of Inclusion Ireland's Budget Priorities in 2019, we are asking the Government to think about their obligations under the UNCRPD. Below you will find an explanation of how each ask relates to the Convention.
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection ask: "We are asking the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to see that people with disabilities can have less money and extra costs than people without a disability. We are asking for a payment to bring costs down."
UNCRPD Article 27 looks at the rights of persons with a disability to work and earn a living and Article 28 looks at the right to a standard of living that is good enough.
Read our submission to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection here.
Department of Health ask: "We are asking the Department of Health to fund the new Sláintecare Implementation Office and to fund the recommendations in the Sláintecare report."
UNCRPD Article 25 says that persons with a disability have the right to the same standard of free or affordable healthcare as everyone else.
Department of Health ask: "We are asking the Department of Health to fund the recommendations of the Adult Safeguarding bill including making an independent National Safeguarding Authority."
UNCRPD Article 14, Article 15, Article 16 describe the rights to liberty and security as well as the right to be free from torture or abuse.
Department of Health ask: "We are asking the Department of Health to fund the recommendations in the Plan for Effective Participation in Decision Making for People with Disabilities and Families so that people will be more involved in decisions that are important in their lives."
UNCRPD Article 19 is about the right to live independently with the support of services that are responsive to the individual's needs.
Read our submission to the Department of Health here.
Department of Housing ask: "We are asking the Department of Housing to invest money in houses in the community for people who are moving our of institutions."
UNCRPD Article 19 looks at the rights of persons with a disability to live independently with support.
Read our submission to the Department of Housing here.
Department of Justice and Equality ask: "We are asking the Department of Justice and Equality to provide funding for Disabled Persons Organisations so that persons with disabilities will have their say on the implementation and monitoring of the UNCRPD."
UNCRPD Article 33 sets out how States should promote, protect and monitor implementation of the Convention, Article 34 sets out that a Committee of twelve experts should be set up to advise on aspects of the UNCRPD.
Read our submission to the Department of Justice here.
Department of Transport ask: "We are asking the Department of Transport to make sure that buses, trains, taxis and trams are accessible to people with disabilities in cities, towns and villages across Ireland."
UNCRPD Article 9 sets out that all aspects of life, including transport, should be accessible to persons with a disability.
Read our submission to the Department of Transport here.
Department of Public Expenditure ask: "We are asking the Department of Public Expenditure to work on equality proofing Budget 2019. This means that each Department’s budget should be checked to make sure that people with disabilities are treated equally in it."
UNCRPD Article 3 sets out the guiding principles of the convention, including non-discrimination and equality of opportunity , Article 5 confirms that States must prohibit all discrimination on the basis of disability.
Read our submission to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform here.
Department of Education & Skills ask: "We are asking the Department of Education & Skills to invest enough money in schools to make sure that class sizes stay smaller. We want all students to be in classes that only have 30 pupils or less."
UNCRPD Article 24 is about the right of persons with a disability to inclusive education system at all levels and lifelong learning
Read our submission to the Department of Education & Skills here.
Department of Children and Youth Affairs ask: "We are asking the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to support Tusla (the child and family support agency) to look after children with disabilities."
UNCRPD Article 7 requires States to ensure the full enjoyment by children with disabilities of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, Article 23 prohibits discrimination on the grounds of disability in regard to family life.
Read our submission to the Department of Children & Youth Affairs here.