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Emergency legislation to cut the disabled


THE SUBJECT OF cuts to services for people with disabilities will be on the agenda when Dublin City Council meets this evening.

The HSE and St Michael’s House work together in delivering services to almost 1,700 children and adults with an intellectual disability, and said last week that additional budget cuts presented a ‘significant challenge’.

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HSE funding for St Michael’s has been cut by a total of €12.3 million over the last five years.

St Michael’s House was told in August of this year that an additional million euro was being cut from its budget for the second half of 2013, backdated to 1 July, and a series of service reductions was being introduced as a result.

St Michael’s has over 170 centres across the Greater Dublin Area and in Navan, Co Meath.

Staffing levels are expected to be reduced, while a rent subsidy is also being cut, meaning residents are being asked for an extra €35 per week.

CEO Patricia Doherty said in a letter that management are: “making every effort at both a local and national level to impress upon the HSE and the Government the seriousness of the situation and the inevitable negative impact of their decisions on people with disabilities”.

Sinn Féin will propose an emergency motion at the monthly meeting of Dublin City Council this evening, opposing the cuts to services at St Michael’s House facilities.

Sinn Féin Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha, who is tabling the motion, called on Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn to allow debate on the motion.

Cllr Mac Donncha said that the party’s motion is calling for the recently-announced cuts to be reversed.

The families of those using St Michael’s services are being urged to lobby their local TDs, Senators and Councillors to have the cuts reversed.
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The school of new national standard

National standards are benchmarks in reading, writing and maths which primary and intermediate students are measured against.

Education Minister Hekia Parata released the data on Tuesday and it shows more children are achieving national standards but performance is declining as students get older nuskin.

The data for 2012 shows "small but incremental" improvements across the board, with reading achievement up 1.2 per cent to 77.4 per cent of students reaching the national standard.

Maths achievement is up 1.4 per cent to 73.6 per cent, and writing is up two per cent to 70 per cent.

Teacher unions opposed national standards when they were introduced two years ago and the Principals' Federation says it's "outrageous and completely misleading" to assert there are measurable gains.

"The national standards are so imprecise that every school in the country makes their own judgment about what they think they mean and how to measure them," federation president Philip Harding said.

"The variability from one school to another is huge."

NZ First's education spokeswoman, Tracey Martin, nu skin hk says the data should come with a warning label for parents saying "completely useless".

She says the Ministry of Education has admitted testing was flawed and adjusted marks downwards without telling schools.

"That means there will be inconsistencies in the data," she said.

The Green's co-leader, Metiria Turei, says the data is neither national nor standard nuskin group.

"It was completely irresponsible to release it and make a big statement attributing meaning to it," she said.

Ms Turei says parents have told her national standards reports are meaningless.

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