Nov 14

Call Made For New Minister For Disabled Children & Families


The call has been issued for the appointment of a new minister for disabled children and families in order to ensure that those with disabled children can take advantage of more robust joined-up support.

Charity Scope has launched its Now Is The Time campaign, calling on the government to lead the way on this issue, with 41 per cent of those asked with a disabled child under the age of five saying that they weren’t offered any emotional support either during or after diagnosis.

Not only that but research also shows that just 25 per cent of adults believe parents with a disabled child can have the same aspirations for their children as parents of a non-disabled child.

The new minister would provide businesses, charities, organisations, disabled families and members of the public with a focal point inside government. It would also enable the prime minister to show just how committed her government is to disabled children, while optimising the effectiveness of policy implementation.

Director of policy at the charity Anna Bird said: “Parents of disabled children are being let down by a system and a society that is working against them not for them. This needs to change.”

Further research from Scope shows that 49 per cent of disabled working age adults feel excluded from society, while 41 per cent say they don’t feel valued. And 42 per cent admitted that they don’t believe the UK to be a good place for disabled people.

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