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Minister guarantees funding for severely disabled children

Jordan and Olivia Smith are two profoundly disabled children who require 24-hour care in a special facility.

In three months time, they will be forced to leave.

Jordan and Olivia’s parents, Rob and Vanita, have been told their children must become wards of the state for the funding to continue.

The Smith children aren’t alone, with another 1,700 families facing this impossible decision due to a state and federal funding shortfall.

The NSW and federal governments are now scrambling to find a solution.

Ben Fordham asks NSW Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams what’s being done to fix the disaster.

“On behalf of every person that is entering the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)… I will make it a priority of mine to make sure parents don’t go through this frustration.

“Ben, I know from a state area that we have never ever left anybody out in the cold, that we’ve always provided services and I can guarantee you… we would never leave them out in the cold.

“We will have this resolved as the Federal Minister [Dan Tehan] has agreed to over the next four weeks and provide certainty.”

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