Deputy Michael Lowry has added his voice in support of the Centres for Independent Living (CIL) across the constituency and country and has called on the Government not to inflict any further cuts to funding and to restore their services in full.
Deputy Lowry stated;
“The Tipperary Centres for Independent living provide vital support and assistance for those living with a disability. Through their practical and understanding approach they aim to help all people live a fuller, more dynamic life and actively take steps to assist those living with disabilities to learn new skills, return to education, take up a hobby or secure employment.”
“The reality is that the vital workings of personal assistants, and of CIL’s, have been hugely hampered by the cut backs imposed by this Government. In the past year this service has faced a dual attack in the form of a cut to vital funding from the HSE and the cuts to Community Employment schemes on which CIL rely to operate efficiently. In fact this sector has already borne the brunt of cuts having now suffered a cumulative cut to funding of 11%. On a daily basis people with disabilities are losing these services and are therefore being stripped of their independence, their rights and indeed the services that allow them to engage fully in society and in our community. The loss of personal assistance hours restricts the ability to leave home.”
“The Government should be cognisant that these cut backs will have long term implications and will create further pressure on state resources into the future. If we cannot provide these aids in the home then those with a disability will be forced to avail of hospital and HSE services, therefore placing more pressure on an already strained system.”
“I am calling on the Government to urgently reverse these cuts to disability services. It is also of vital importance that the Government immediately ratify the UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities to cement and further to rights of those with a disability in our society.”