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Budget Makes Progress In Fixing Disability Services Underfunding, More Needed

Saturday, 16 May 2020, 10:21 am | Disability Support Network

Budget 2020 delivers an important catch-up on the long-term underfunding of the disability sector, but there is much more still to do to ensure all disabled New Zealanders and their families get the support they deserve, says New Zealand Disability ... More >>

Evidence Mounts Of The Need For Urgent Funding Of Providers

Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 7:47 am | Disability Support Network

The looming closure of the Laura Fergusson Trust homes appears to be another symptom of the chronic underfunding of providers, the New Zealand Disability Support Network said today. “This just adds to the mounting evidence of a system in crisis,” ... More >>

New report on wellbeing of disabled people

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 8:22 pm | Disability Support Network

New report on wellbeing of disabled people and their families underlines need for urgent change More >>

Government urged to fix disability sector funding crisis

Monday, 18 November 2019, 2:07 pm | Disability Support Network

Annual funding shortfall of $574 million revealed · An estimated 15,000 additional disabled people missing out on services · Services continuing to be rationed as funding crisis worsens More >>

Services for disabled stretched to breaking point

Monday, 15 July 2019, 8:09 am | Disability Support Network

The funding crisis facing the disability sector has become more urgent following the disturbing news that the Ministry of Health will not increase contract prices for providers this year, the New Zealand Disability Support Network said today. More >>

NZDSN Applauds Changes to Funded Family Care

Monday, 8 July 2019, 10:41 am | Disability Support Network

The recent changes announced to the Funded Family Care programme are a big step in the right direction. More >>

Wellbeing Budget falls disappointingly short for disability

Monday, 10 June 2019, 8:06 am | Disability Support Network

The Coalition Government has made a small positive step in the right direction, but has failed to deliver the significant, and meaningful change in funding that the disability support sector urgently needs, says New Zealand Disability Support Network ... More >>

$30 million of disabled support funding cuts saved

Sunday, 21 April 2019, 11:46 am | Disability Support Network

Disabled New Zealanders saved from $30 million of funding cuts to support services at last minute More >>

Strike reflects pressure of underfunded disability sector

Sunday, 31 March 2019, 2:04 pm | Disability Support Network

Media Statement 31 March 2019 NZDSN says notice that IDEA Services has been issued with strike action over failed negotiations with a union representing support and admin staff shows the pressure on disability service providers. More >>

Disabled NZers at risk due to underfunding, new report shows

Sunday, 9 December 2018, 12:53 pm | Disability Support Network

A new Deloitte report released today by the New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) shows support services for disabled New Zealanders are significantly underfunded by the Government – and the situation is getting worse. More >>

Disability Support Network Supports System Transformation

Friday, 27 April 2018, 3:34 pm | Disability Support Network

New Zealand Disability Support Network Supports System Transformation, but is anyone doing the maths when it comes to funding it? Media Statement 27 April 2018 More >>

New funding model falls short for disabled people

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:01 pm | Disability Support Network

New Government funding model falls short of real support for disabled people Media Statement 12 April 2018 The Government’s proposed disability residential pricing model is only a short term, temporary fix for ongoing funding issues within the disability ... More >>

Pay increases welcome, concerns about implementation

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 4:43 pm | Disability Support Network

The New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) welcomes the recent announcement of significant pay rises for support workers in the disability sector. More >>

NZDSN not surprised at IHC decisions

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 3:52 pm | Disability Support Network

While NZDSN has no specific comment to make about IHC’s recent actions it is important to highlight that many disability service providers are having to be realistic about how they can maintain quality services and ensure long term financial viability in ... More >>

A bolder approach needed for disability sector

Tuesday, 9 August 2016, 4:26 pm | Disability Support Network

Disability service providers say bolder implementation of new approaches to funding and provision of disability services are needed to ensure that individuals and families get the flexibility and choices they want. A new approach referred to as “Enabling ... More >>

Give Ashley Peacock the life he deserves

Monday, 18 July 2016, 3:35 pm | Disability Support Network

Disability support providers are calling on the Ministry of Health to end Ashley Peacock’s seclusion and fund the real support plan on offer. More >>

Disability Sector Welcomes Working Party on Wages

Wednesday, 21 October 2015, 5:01 pm | Disability Support Network

NZDSN (New Zealand Disability Support Network) welcomes the move by Government to enter into negotiations over low wages in the sector. More >>

Successive Governments fail disability sector

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 1:59 pm | Disability Support Network

Disability service providers say consistent under-funding by successive Governments is the biggest contributor to the challenges facing the sector. More >>

Gender-based pay decision highlights under-paid workforce

Friday, 31 October 2014, 10:56 am | Disability Support Network

Disability service providers say under-funding from Government is the major issue for gender pay parity in the sector. More >>

Extra support required for those in Christchurch

Friday, 10 September 2010, 2:34 pm | Disability Support Network

For those people with disabilities in the Canterbury area, recent events have really brought home the practical implications of their reliance on support workers and disability providers. More >>