Eric Ripper

Eric Ripper

Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for State Development

    State Budget 2008-09: Building WA - A brighter future for the disabled

    8/05/2008 12:00 AM

    The State Government is committed to helping the most vulnerable in our community and will allocate $325.4million - an increase of $19.6million or 6.4 per cent on last year in the 2008-09 Budget, Treasurer Eric Ripper said today.


    “This means the State Government will have doubled the recurrent level of State funding for people with disabilities since 2000-01,” Mr Ripper said.


    The Treasurer said growth funding of $16.1million included an extra $7.3million for accommodation support for 121 people.


    As well, additional funding has been provided for a range of measures to give people with disabilities and their families greater opportunities for independence and participation in their local communities, Mr Ripper said.


    These included:


    ·         working with the Australian Government and other States and Territories to develop a national Companion Card scheme for people with disabilities;


    ·         a range of initiatives to provide additional support to young carers and siblings of people with disabilities; and


    ·         community living grants for a range of aids and equipment grants to enhance the independence of people with disabilities and their carers.


    The Treasurer said the Government was committed to ensuring that as many Western Australians as possible benefited from the State’s prosperity.


    “We have an important role to ensure that we do as much as we can to help the vulnerable and the disadvantaged,” he said.


    “This Budget will go a long way towards helping ease at least some of the problems our disabled people face.”


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