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2024 Budget Submission

Posted on
July 31, 2023

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Avista is asking the Government to focus on the four main areas to ensure over 3,000 supported individuals living with disability in Dublin, Limerick and North Tipperary/Offaly are given the greatest opportunity to live their best lives and reach their full potential, in their own communities.

In the 2024 Budget we are asking the Government to

1  Improve cost of living for workers to help attract and retain quality staff to address challenges affecting service delivery across Avista adult and children’s disability services. A particular focus on rent supplements for workers living in high density areas is vital.

2  Provide Funding for Local Authority (Disability Friendly) Housing For 280+ People In Dublin, Limerick, North Tipperary/Offaly to allow people with disabilities live their best lives, as per HSE’s ‘Time to Move On’ policy.

3  Publish the Disability Capacity Review Action Plan. The capacity review of disability services highlighted an unmet need for residential support nationally, the implementation plan for this report is more than a year overdue. Individuals deserve plans for their future care that are person centred.

4  Provide Avista with supports to tackle cost of energy and inflation charges. Repeat last year’s once-off inflation fund for community and voluntary disability organisations like Avista to address significant, ongoing inflation pressures.

This submission was sent to all local Ministers, T.D’s and Senators on Wednesday and already we have heard that the Action Plan is due to be released in early Autumn, we will continue to communicate with Minister Rabbitte and Gorman to ensure this happens.
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