Last week I joined double Gold medallist wheelchair athlete Hannah Cockroft and Paralympian Sam Ruddock at an event in Parly to learn how important the issue of good social care is to my constituents.
The event, organised by disability charity Scope, was part of its ‘Britain Cares’ Campaign, which is calling on the Government to ensure that over 100,000 disabled people do not lose out on vital social care support which enables them to live independent, fulfilling lives http://www.britaincares.co.uk/.
While the debate on social care has focussed on the demands of an ageing population, one third of social care users are working age disabled people.
So far almost 30,000 people have contacted their MPs in support of ‘Britain Cares’ campaign, and last week I viewed a fantastic art installation of the hundreds of ‘I care’ photos sent in from people around the UK.
As the Government’s Care Bill enters the House of Commons for the first time, all MPs must remember that one third of social care users are working age disabled people. This support is what enables them to wash, dress and get out of the house.
It is crucial that the Bill goes as far as possible in creating a care system that supports disabled people to live full and independent lives.