Budget 2020 continues the status quo for people with intellectual disabilities

Inclusion Ireland’s initial reaction to the Budget 2020 measures announced today is that there will be little benefit for people with intellectual disabilities from this budget.

Speaking following Minister Paschal Donohoe’s budget speech, Inclusion Ireland CEO, Enda Egan stated “Government had an opportunity to take action in Budget 2020 to promote rights and equality for people with disabilities and to advance Ireland’s compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Unfortunately, there is little in this budget that will create any real change for people with disabilities”.

“Though we await the finer detail from the various departments as to how their allocations will be spent, there appears to be little to address the unacceptable level of poverty and social exclusion experienced by people with disabilities. This is especially worrying in the absence of the long delayed updated national action plan on social inclusion”, Mr Egan continued.

“Despite some welcome investment in education and modest increases in supports for carers, we would have liked to see a strong commitment to funding the long overdue Decision Support Service and to address the housing needs of people with disabilities who are further disadvantaged in the current housing crisis by the lack of accessible housing and little or no support to live independently in homes in their communities”.

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Further information

Inclusion Ireland’s full pre-budget submission and an easy to read summary can be found at this link 

About Inclusion Ireland
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.