The Coalition Government, your party is part of, has been formed on a mandate of change. This will require the Government to play a more active role in tackling the barriers faced by disabled people and their families. The Coalition Government needs to take a firmer leadership role with disability policy than in the past and intervene when the market delivers poor outcomes for disabled people.
This briefing will outline some of the key issues in disability policy and will make broad recommendations. During the election campaign, we were concerned about the lack of rigorous debate about disability policy issues. While parties had some disability-related policies, these were not generally part of the major election debates. This is worrying because Statistics New Zealand has identified that one in four of the population has a disability. We have created this general briefing to help ensure the Coalition Government has a strong focus on disability.
Following this general briefing, we will present specific briefings that are more detailed for individual Ministers. As always, we are happy to provide more information and/or provide briefings in person.
Double click the icon to your right to see the full Briefing to the incoming Coalition Government on disability policy in either word or PDF format.