Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Disability Advocacy Cuts; Loss of Jobs Would Be 'Dramatic'

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Disability Advocacy Cuts; Loss of Jobs Would Be 'Dramatic'

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Byline: Jasmine Burke Jasmine.Burke@northernstar.com.au

GREENS Disability spokesperson Dawn Walker MP has lashed out at the NSW Government's planned cuts to disability advocacy funding that will see a loss in support for people with a disability.

The funding cuts have occurred because the State Government will roll its disability advocacy services funding, worth $13 million state-wide, into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

However, the NDIS does not cover advocacy services, leaving a major funding gap for NSW's disability advocacy services.

The NDIS is set to roll out from June 2018.

Manager Ability Advocacy in Alstonville, Doug Hollingworth, said they employ six staff and support approximately 120 people with disabilities in the local area.

"These cuts would mean the loss of two staff members and we'd be forced to stop providing support to 40-50 people with disabilities, who will have nowhere else to turn," Mr Hollingworth said. …

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