Reaction of the Commissioner for the Rights of Persons with Disability to Budget 2022
Among the various sectors, Budget 2022 includes a number of measures which affect persons with disability. Among the measures taken to continue improving the lives of persons with disability are: vouchers for occupational therapy; improvements in the scheme on exemptions/deductions related to the vehicles of persons with disability; the removal of means testing in the allowance for severe disability and increases in the allowances for children with disability or family members who take care of adults with disability.
The Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) had an important role in bringing forward the proposals which were accepted as measures for Budget 2022. These measures need to have the final aim of leading to independent living. We need to continute promoting the idea that persons with disability can live independently in the community of their choice, if we remove social and economic barriers and, in other cases, provide the necessary assistance.
As a society we still need to work hard so that every person is held in equal regard and respected as a whole person. Government’s commitment in this respect should be reflected in the implementation of measures which are not specifically for the disability sector but which are designed in a universal manner and ensure accessibility for all.
Meanwhile these and other measures are in line with the National Strategy for Persons with a Disability 2021-2030. The Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability is committed to continue safeguarding the implementation of this strategy as well as the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD).