The parliament approved a bill suggesting using the money from court fees to ensure access to the courts for people with disabilities.
“Today, according to the Law of Ukraine “On court fees”, these funds are spent on ensuring the implementation of legal proceedings and the functioning of judicial authorities.
This bill suggests using this money for the benefit of people with special needs, and this is certainly a good idea,” said MP Roman Semenukha. “But will it solve the problems of Ukrainians who need help? Unfortunately, no. Today, the “Barrier-free environment” program is not implemented even by 50% in Ukraine. Public transport, taxis, banks, and government agencies remain inaccessible for people with special needs. People with disabilities encounter resistance even when trying to establish a ramp to their own home.”
According to Roman Semenukha, instead of short-sighted decisions, the government should create real comprehensive programs to help people with disabilities, to develop mechanisms for financing and implementing effective support programs. And most importantly, not only to promise all the time, but to really support persons with disabilities with money.
“Out of 1.7 billion hryvnias for the expenditures of the Social Protection Fund for Disabled Persons, only 800 million hryvnias were received; 1 million out of the planned 4 was provided for the rehabilitation of children with disabilities,” comments the people’s deputy. “And these people are counting on state programs, because the subsistence minimum for persons who have lost their ability to work is only 1.5 thousand hryvnias, while disability assistance is an average of 2.5 thousand hryvnias. Is it possible to survive with this money today?”
“Therefore, the legislative initiatives that improve the lives of such people are necessary. But without real financing, the government actions in relation to people with disabilities are nothing more than an imitation of social policy,” summarized Roman Semenukha.