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UnitedFuture: UF Disability Policy Launched

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14 August 2008 - UnitedFuture deputy leader Judy Turner today launched the party's disability policy which calls for a radical reversal of the current delivery of services so that the needs of clients, not bureaucrats, become paramount.

"This policy reflects the party's participation in the Disability Inquiry at Parliament's social services select committee and also responses to our own discussion document to the sector earlier this year," she said.

"There is a complete lack of accountability across all government departments for the delivery of the award winning NZ Disability Strategy; auditing is overly focused on compliance rather than client satisfaction.

"Clients are assessed often against the services available rather than the real needs they have and they have very little say in the management of their own support.

"UnitedFuture policy includes the establishment of community-based advocacy services focused on saving clients and their families additional stress trying to access support and entitlements.

"The accountability for consistent needs assessment, workforce development, advocacy and complaints services, and service delivery would fall to a separate Disability Commission.

"UnitedFuture also wants ORRS funding to schools ($133 million this year which aids almost 7000 special needs students) increased by 10% so that students with disabilities get the basic support they are entitled to if they are to participate fully in educational opportunities," said Mrs Turner.

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