BLACK THURSDAY and how it led to a National Protest

Black Thursday  - The  Cuts announcement  August  30th2012

A big THANKYOU to all those who lent their much needed support to the Protest.

 You made it happen. You made it a success.

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Friday 31st August 2012

 

“The Minister for Health will make us prisoners in our own homes.”

 

 

This press release is in response to the HSE announcement of 30th August that €10 million is to be wiped from the Personal Assistance Service budget.

 

 

The Center for Independent Living (CIL), a nationwide organisation run by people with disabilities and which introduced Personal Assistance Services to Ireland 20 years ago, is horrified by the HSE announcement yesterday that it is to cut 10 million euro from the budget for personal assistance services which equates  to over 430,000 hours of personal assistance.

 

According to Michael McCabe Chairperson of CIL, who is himself a personal assistant service user, these cuts make “no moral or economic sense. It will increase pressure on frontline services while simultaneously depriving many of basic human rights. If Minister Reilly stands over this he will be making us prisoners in our own homes. The Irish disability community will not roll over and let this happen.”

 

 

 

ENDS:

CONTACT:

 

 

 

 

From:Nina
Sent: 04 September 2012 12:54 To All CILs
Subject: News from the front

 

News from the front,

 

 

The protest has started – all the phone calls I have gotten so far have people singing in the background “we shall overcome”

 

There is an unbelievable turnout – all the media is there – it will be on the news.

 

The protesters are going to stay there all night  and tomorrow we are all meeting up outside the Dail at 2pm.

 

This is huge,  bigger than anyone could of forecasted and we are all in it together.

 

Please come up an support the fight tomorrow – bring your banners fly the flag !

 

Nina

 

 

From:Nina
Sent: 04 September 2012 17:43 To All CILs
Subject: News from the front part 2

 

News from the front :

 

We made Sandwiches for 40 people, got bottles of water in Tesco’s  and went down to the campaign – to show our support, I was given the “honk your horn to show your support” sign to hold – and I did –

 

I figure if the politicians are hiding in the building and won’t come out -  the honking horns would annoy them !

 

There is a fantastic atmosphere – weather here in Dublin is amazing (kids must be back in school ha ha ) Great day for a protest.

 

Everyone was full of energy and really fighting the good fight – I had the feeling that anything is possible.

 

They will and are on the news – so come tomorrow and be part of this once in a lifetime event. 

 

 

 

 

 

From:Nina
Sent: 04 September 2012 22:45
Subject:

 

 

Dear All,

 

Tomorrow's gathering at 2pm outside the Dail is still on!!

Whilst huge progress has been made the Government still has not ring fenced PAS. Please see our attached press release.

See you all tomorrow.

 

Press Notice

4th September 2012

Protest Against Proposed Disability Cuts To Continue

Center for Independent Living, Carmichael House

 

The Center for Independent Living (CIL) welcomes the news that changes to funding of Personal Assistance Services (PAS) will now not take place; however, it is also concerned about the new changes that are planned.

 

CIL’s main concern lies with the ring fencing of the PAS budget within the wider disability services budget. It is essential that this funding remains intact, and is used solely for the purposes of PAS. There is much uncertainty remaining about potential cuts, and the ring fencing of PAS budgets is essential to ensure that services remain intact.

 

CIL is concerned about the maintenance of PAS levels and assurances must be given that services are maintained at their current level and that no service user will have a decrease in hours as a result of cuts to the HSE. While this evening’s Press Release from the Department of Health states that they will continue to ‘provide services to people in receipt of personal assistant services in accordance with their needs.’ CIL CMH do not feel that this represents enough of a guarantee, and we await a statement from the HSE confirming that no PAS hours will be cut.

 

CIL Chairperson Michael McCabe commented: ‘It is essential that all PAS hours are maintained, and while this represents a success for the campaign, it will continue until we are satisfied that the threat to independent living has been removed.’

 

The gathering scheduled at 2pm on the 5th of September at Government Buildings will go ahead as originally planned until these concerns are assuaged by the HSE.

 

Executive Director Gary Lee also stated, ‘the promise given by the Department of Health to row back on intended budget cuts must be acted upon by the HSE, and clarity around the security of the PAS budget is needed to relieve the concerns of people with disabilities who at the moment face an uncertain future.’

ENDS

 

 

 

Note for Editors

Established in 1992, The Center for Independent Living is comprised of 22 user-led organisations around the country working in partnership with others, committed to all people with disabilities being recognised as equal citizens and achieving equal membership in society.

 

The CIL CMH believes that people with disabilities are be able to make informed decisions about their own lives in accordance with individual needs and lifestyle choices, to design and develop their own services, and to achieve equality of experience, through consensus, respect and value for all. 

 

 

 

 

 

Press Notice

5th September 2012

DISABILITY PROTEST TO MOVE TO THE DAIL AT 2pm TODAY

 

The Center for Independent Living (CIL) Chairman, Michael McCabe has said “until we have it in writing that the budget for Personal Assistance Services (PAS) is not going to be reduced and will be ring fenced we will continue our campaign”.

 

Mr. McCabe went on to say that “our main concern lies with the ring fencing of the PAS budget within the wider disability services budget. It is essential that this funding remains intact, and is used solely for the purposes of PAS. There is much uncertainty remaining about potential cuts, and the ring fencing of PAS budgets is essential to ensure that services remain intact.”

 

CIL is also concerned about the maintenance of PAS levels and assurances must be given that services are maintained at their current level and that no service user will have a decrease in hours as a result of cuts to the HSE. While yesterday evening’s Press Release from the Department of Health states that they will continue to ‘provide services to people in receipt of personal assistant services in accordance with their needs.’ CIL does not feel that this represents enough of a guarantee, and we await a statement from the HSE confirming that no PAS hours will be cut.

 

CIL Chairperson Michael McCabe further commented: ‘It is essential that all PAS hours are maintained, and while this represents a success for the campaign, it will continue until we are satisfied that the threat to independent living has been removed.’

 

WE will proceed to the Dail as scheduled at 2pm today the 5th of September at Government Buildings until these concerns are met.

 

Executive Director Gary Lee also stated, ‘the promise given by the Department of Health to row back on intended budget cuts must be acted upon by the HSE, and clarity around the security of the PAS budget is needed to relieve the concerns of people with disabilities who at the moment face an uncertain future.’

ENDS

 

 

 

Press Notice

5th September 2012

Center for Independent Living, Carmichael House

 

The Center for Independent Living Carmichael House, (CIL CMH) welcomes the new commitments by the HSE with regard to the funding of Personal Assistance Services and that planned cuts to PAS will now not take place; however, it is also concerned about the new changes that are planned. We also welcome the inclusion of people with disabilities into the planning process.

 

Our main concern lies with the lack of ring fencing of the PAS budget within the wider disability services budget. It is essential that this funding remains intact, and used solely for the purposes of PAS. We demand that a commitment to maintain this budget only for PAS and that it will not be touched.

 

CIL CMH are also concerned about the lack of commitment to sustain PAS and about the lack of detail supplied within the letter. We are gravely concerned that whilst PAS cuts may be off the agenda for the moment, they may resurface later in the year.

 

CIL CMH are concerned about the maintenance of PAS levels and would like to ensure that services are maintained at their current level and that no service user will have a decrease in hours as a result of cuts to the HSE. While the Department of Health have assured us that they will continue to,’provide services to people in receipt of personal assistant services in accordance with their needs.’ CIL CMH do not feel that this represents enough of a guarantee, and we await a statement from the HSE that ensures no PAS hours will be cut.

 

Chairperson Michael McCabe states: ‘It is essential that all PAS hours are maintained, and while this represents a success for the campaign, it will continue until we are satisfied that the threat to independent living has been removed.’

 

The protest is suspended for the moment, however the campaign will be until CIL CMH is assured that PAS budgets are going to be protected. CIL CMH is also gravely concerned about the cuts to the home care and home help budgets and requests further information in this regard.

 

Executive Director Gary Lee also stated, ‘the promise given by the Department of Health to row back on intended budget cuts must be acted upon by the HSE, and clarity around the security of the PAS budget is needed to relieve the concerns of people with disabilities who at the moment face an uncertain future.’

ENDS

 

 

The HSE Letter