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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

All major political parties have endorsed the Supported Living Fund for NSW

A very encouraging result from the Political Forum held yesterday (25th October):
We won!!!
All major political parties have endorsed the Supported Living Fund and committed to its implementation
Last night, before a meeting room crammed with over 200 families, the NSW Minister for Disability Services, Peter Primrose, the Shadow Minister Andrew Constance and Greens spokesperson Ian Cohen, unanimously endorsed the 4 key elements of the Supported Living Fund, namely:
  • Providing new money
  • Extending the target group to include families not in crisis
  • Enabling people with disability to have a home of their own, using a combination of paid and unpaid/informal support
  • Enabling families and people with disability to direct their own support
This signals a fundamental shift in the way support will be provided to people with disability and their families in NSW.
We want to thank all who have supported this campaign. Your personal letters, emails and meetings have brought our aspirations and challenges alive.
A verbal commitment is one thing...implementation is another. We will continue to work with both major parties in the lead up to the state election to bed down the next steps.
Finally, we need to build on the momentum generated by the campaign. For us at Family Advocacy, the priority is moving NSW to a self directed approach so that people with disability and their families have the opportunity and support to direct their own support, whatever the source of funding.
We will be in touch soon!!
Belinda Epstein-Frisch AM
Family Advocacy

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