Some might even call it revenge..
Cheap and dirty was how John Forman described it...
“In its announcement the Government makes much of the fact that it consulted with experts to craft this policy. The feedback we provided was ignored, and the result is the Funded Family Care payment is a dog’s breakfast. It’s not nice, it’s not right, and it won’t work,”
I know John was at the Grand Announcement do at Government House the other weekend...I wonder if he's caught up with the fact that they got their costings wrong?
Not that it would be fair to expect him to step up again and battle...he and the Carers Alliance were staunch throughout....unlike the secretariat of Carers NZ.
Now, I'm going to ask that we hop in our time machine and travel back to September 2013 and the Previous Incumbents' announcement of the brand spanking new Funded Family Care.
The Government has been working with people from the disability and carers’ community (blah, blah, usual blah) on key parts of implementing its $92 million policy of paying some family members to care for disabled people, Health Minister Tony Ryall says.
“It enables around 1,600 disabled adults who meet the high and very high needs eligibility criteria to pay resident family members to care for them at home for up to 40 hours a week – if that’s their choice. This policy does not apply to spouses or partners, or children under 18.”
“The Government will invest $92 million over the next four years to pay for this support package at an estimated cost of $23 million a year.
It turns out that for the first four years of Funded Family Care the total spend was $22.5 million. That is just shy of a quarter of the much publicised generous allocation of $92 million allocated in 2013.
Leaving $73.5 million of unused funds specifically earmarked for paying family carers ostensibly (according to the response I received today from DSS) returned to the Government coffers.
So, ok, Current Mob....you stuffed up with your premature announcement the other day by failing to check to see if the allocated funding was going to be sufficient to fulfill your promises....here's a bloody lifeline.
There's $73.5 million already allocated that you can surely draw upon to do this work properly. Taking the yearly funding from a mere $8million to a workable $26 million.
I would hope that
Natrad engaged quite rightly with Brian Easton...
Economist Brian Easton said there were going to be some very disappointed people.
"The new people are going to get paid for far fewer hours than the existing people, perhaps about a quarter to a third number of hours that the existing people get," Dr Easton said.
"So it's an extension of the scheme but it doesn't cover all the needs of those people who have been excluded and particularly are concerned about full-time care."
Finally it has been recognised that the funding allocated for this is not going to be enough.
Some numpty didn't do their sums did they?
I would like to think that this will not be used as a (convenient) excuse to sideline this...but I am not even going to hope.
No wonder Julie Anne Genter has handed the whole disability thing over to Jenny Salesa.
Even the expert experts struggled...
Both experts pointed to the fluidity of definitions of art and the wide range of activity, material and outcome that can be recognised as constituting art, in a curatorial view. Neither felt it would be possible to provide a firm set of guidelines for confirming an objects status as a genuine art objects.
(p12 of the 50 page decision. )
However,credit where credit is due, Kaihu Kauri do a hell of a lot more than simply titivating big logs.....there's some really nice stuff.
The Miserly has updated its page and it seems that Funded Family Care is here to stay as a separate entity.
Yes they will allow payment of spouses and yes they will pay parents of under 18 year olds and yes the pay rate will increase according to "comparable pay scale, service and qualification levels ' .
But it looks very much like Funded Family Care is going to continue to exist as a method whereby family members can be paid to provide allocated supports.
Which, if it is not already blindingly obvious, still fucking treating family carers differently.
Thanks for posting this Hilary. I guess I should have done an update here on PA last Sunday, but in all honesty, these days, quelling my frustration to the point of being able to write to the standard expected here is sometimes beyond me.
I see Kirsty Johnston has a paywalled article about the death by overdose in state care of a disabled person in 2011 that the Misery is choosing to hide. This death was one of '110 in care facilities that year...'
These two issues are inextricably linked.
"You have no idea of the smell.."
Oh yes, I do.
Cleo the pound puppy, part springer spaniel they said. The other 99% was pure unbridled eat absolutely anything Labrador. Nothing was inedible...the most horrific being the still live mice and birds the cats had caught and given to her, the messiest was the tinfoil wrapped smoked kahawai remains which went straight through her...
But the most disgusting was the rotten duck eggs.
Little known fact...ducks will quite happily lay their eggs whilst swimming along. Said eggs sink. Said eggs become exposed when the pond dries up in late summer. Said eggs became Cleo snack. The smell of broken very rotten duck eggs reached the forty metres or so from the pond to the house.
Then, That Dog bounded in bringing the concentrated odour with her...overjoyed with her find and desperate to share her delight. Ah, the way a dog will almost smile...a green smile in this case.. with the odd bit of blue shell. And the smell. Fan forced by panting dog.
The large finger full of toothpaste I used to clean up her mouth she looked on as a equally delightful dessert.
Cleo has gone now, along with her predecessor Beth. Both dogs distinguished themselves as being remarkably patient and tolerant of the many foster children we cared for. Many of these children had never learned how to behave with animals, and we soon learned that the first 'house rule' we had to impart was that we don't touch any of the dogs, cats or chickens unless they make the first approach. Despite that of, of course, there were the inevitable assaults on said pets by some of these damaged children. And neither dog ever retaliated. And never bore a grudge. Once the child learned to treat them with respect, the dogs would approach them and allow the child to play. Or just cuddle up with them on the couch.
The only growling a child got was a kid in a wheelchair who knew better than to try and run over the dog's feet. His family had dogs and he knew the rules, but I guess he had to give it a go. Beth knew it was deliberate...and gave the lad a growling and a front castor a bit of a chew. Apologies ensued and they went out for a play.
Ben speaks about the 'escape artist'...we had a couple of those come and stay for respite. One or two we had to decline, we simply couldn't keep the child safe with bog standard farm fencing and gates. And a 100kph road.
...but all that pedantic compliance to endless inventions of extra rules just because...
Indeed. We had two tradies in the house the other day and one of them was wearing these...https://colorex.co.nz/shop/products/plastering-tools/plasterers-red-stilts/ .
The other thought they might be the answer to his problem.
His firm was sub contracting to one of the Big Guys, who in paying due homage to the gods of Workplace Safety had banned all subbies from using ladders. Yes, you read right. No ladders, and scaffolding to be used....even when changing a simple light bulb.
Don't despair steven, you're not the only one having thoughts that somehow the world has gone just more than a little weird...and that without the assistance of mind altering chemicals.