In The Media | 29 March 2017

Disability Groups Unite Against Mobility Allowance Cuts

Disability groups across the country have united in protest against proposed cuts that could leave people with disability without access to transport.

n a joint statement released on Tuesday, the group of more than 25 different organisations, called on senators to block the mobility allowance bill that is currently before the Senate.

They argued the current mobility allowance was already “inadequate” to cover the full cost of transport for many people.

“This bill will make things much harder, with very little savings for the government,” the group said in the statement.

“Any cuts to the mobility allowance will impact the capacity of many people to seek and retain employment and volunteering opportunities.

“This is exactly the opposite of what the NDIS [National Disability Insurance Scheme] is trying to achieve.”

Under the social services legislation amendment (transition mobility allowance to the National Disability Insurance Scheme) bill 2016 only those eligible for the NDIS would have access to transport funding.

Source: Pro Bono Australia