July 31, 2023
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.