The disability sector finally thought that the Government would deliver on its promised backdown over paying family carers of adult disabled people. The National-led Government announced, as part of Budget 2013, $23 million a year to pay family carers of high needs disabled adults.
This was initially welcomed by carers, their support networks, and the wider disability community. The announcement followed the Government’s decision not to appeal the Atkinson Case, so-named after the family carer of a disabled person who first took the Government to the Human Rights Commission nearly 10 years ago over this issue.
From where I sit as a disabled person, Finance Minister Bill English and Health Minister Tony Ryall had seemingly made one of the few more positive announcements from the Budget. However, as the old saying goes, the devil is in the detail. Continue reading