Disability Groups Stand Together Against Transport Cuts

The International Symbol of Access (white wheelchair symbol on blue background) painted on an asphalt car parking space.“People with disability need more access to transport, not less”

WWDA has joined with over 25 disability groups from across Australia to release a joint statement opposing cuts to vital transport funding for people with disability.

The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Transition Mobility Allowance to the National Disability Insurance Scheme) Bill 2016 will restrict access to transport funding to only those eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

There are approximately two million people with disability of working age, but only 460,000 will be transitioning to the NDIS. This means that this Bill will impact many people with disability who will not have access to the NDIS, including people over the age of 65.

Until the Government can provide a public transport system that is accessible for all people, transport support for people with disability who are forced to use other means is essential. The current allowance should be increased, not cut as this Bill proposes.

Read the full statement:
http://pwd.org.au/en/admin/mobility-allowance-cuts.html