3 Nov 2008

Labour commits to funding boost for disabled

8:25 pm on 3 November 2008

The Labour-led Government says it would boost spending on disability issues by more than $91 million over the next five years.

The Health Minister, Labour's health spokesperson David Cunliffe, has announced a funding package worth $91.3m for disability services.

Mr Cunliffe says the purpose is to improve wages and conditions for disability support workers and increase accessibility to services.

He says the package contains $86m worth of confirmed funding and an additional $5m which is still being finalised.

The funding is to come from planned funding increases in health.

It includes a $1.5m boost for respite care this year, eventually rising to $3m.