8 Jul 2019

Disability care funding changes give false hope - family carers

From Morning Report, 7:15 am on 8 July 2019

Parents struggling to look after disabled family members say changes announced by the government on Sunday mean very little and just gives false hope.

Until now only family members other than spouses of disabled adult children are eligible for Funded Family Care.

That will change so parents of disabled children of any age can receive payment, and spouses of disabled adults will also qualify.

The rate they're paid will rise from the minimum wage to between $20-25 an hour.

But there's widespread disappointment carers' biggest concern - the complex assessment system that decides how many hours of care they will be paid for - isn't being changed.

Catherine Hutton reports.