The Gibraltar Local Disability Movement Recognizes This Year’s Budget As One Of The Best The Disabled Has Ever Had In Gibraltar
Gibraltar Local Disability Movement has come out today with its reaction on the budget, the movement hopes more time and recourse will be put into disability issues.
The assistance offered as part of the budget 2012 will certainly have a direct impact and is welcomed. Its measures will solve many problems and hardship within the community. The movement hopes the increase in management resources within the social services agency will bring further improvements and lead to the quicker and more effective resolution of issues.
On the future job strategy, the GLDM welcomes that it also includes the disabled people, but would like to see a program that will include sheltered employment based on the assessment of an occupational consultation for the disabled. This would help those who are capable and willing to work to hold their own in the competitive employment market.
The disabled Individuals tax allowance being extended under the allowance based system is also welcomed.
On the allowance the Gibraltar Local Disability Movement has been advocating that disability allowance should be at the rated with rate of inflation. To see disability allowances based on ‘real income, usually defined as money income adjusted for the cost of living can only be good as it ensures the standards of living that the disabled should enjoy as part of the community.
On equality the movement is happy to see that government will introduce the provisions of the UN convention on the rights of the disabled but would note that the United Kingdom of Great Britain has signed and adopted the UN convention of the rights of the disabled Convention. This Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Optional Protocol entered into force on 3 May 2008, after receiving its 20th ratification, and therefore the disability movement considers the government should be obligated to proceed on this basis.
On Fri 01/10/2010 The UK Equality Act 2010 came into force and will replace the Disability Discrimination Act in the UK. Disabled people think that they are also less likely, than their non disabled peers to think that the Criminal Justice System (CJS) is fair when it comes down to disability in Gibraltar.
The fact that the law as it stands determines that a person can only be considered disabled by virtue of birth, may in any judgment in a court case with a disabled person who became disabled due to illness or accident may under the law be seen as a none disabled, no matter how extreme the disability.
The GLDM notes that there is already a manifesto commitment to address this issue and looks forward to government’s action in this respect.
The Gibraltar Local Disability Movement ends by adding:
It is good to see government is to facilitate discussion and multi-disciplinary knowledge transfer between government departments as this can speed up paper work and produce a quicker service to the community.
On Disability benefits it sees real value and commitment to improve the disability allowance but other benefits also need looking into. Disability benefits must be designed to help them those that need the help the most, and a formula to achieve this needs to be setup. At present there are many disabled people that cannot even afford to pay for the municipal charges and live in fear of disconnection.
The use of the web must be incentivized as this provides enormous opportunities for keeping in touch with community affairs and can even help with sheltered employment.
Government needs to provide for all the needs of the disabled, be it in better protection or in ensuring a dignified standard of living for the disabled.
The Gibraltar Local Disability Movement recognizes the accomplishment of this year budget as one of the best the disabled has ever had in Gibraltar and can only hope more resources for the disabled be identified and put in place with consultation with other governmental bodies and NGOs.
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