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Our work with politicians

Policies in every nation need to reflect the needs of people with spinal cord injuries, so we work closely with politicians in the UK Parliament, Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Assembly to influence these policies.

We do this through:

  • One-to-one meetings with politicians and other policy makers.
  • Producing briefings on policies affecting people with spinal cord injuries.
  • Working in coalition with other groups to lobby.
  • Administering and working closely with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for spinal cord injury in Westminster.

From our what matters survey the spinal cord injury community has told us that current gaps in treatment, care, finances and support are some of the burning issues that need acting on. We’re calling on political parties to listen to us so we can help to shape their policies for the future.

All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Spinal Cord Injury, Westminster

We work with a cross-party group of Parliamentarians who are committed to tackling issues that affect people with spinal cord injuries. The group is made up of MPs and peers from all parties who help to make sure spinal cord issues are high on the government’s agenda.

Andy McDonald, MP for Middlesbrough, is chair of the group and has a keen interest in spinal injuries due to having a spinal unit in his constituency.

Alongside MPs we have healthcare professionals, charitable organisations, and individuals with spinal cord injuries regularly attending strengthening our recommendations.

During 2023 the APPG will spotlight some of the challenges people with spinal cord injuries face today, and the opportunities presented by cutting edge research into the future.

If you would like to know more please contact our campaigns manager Dharshana Sridhar or our parliamentary and public affairs coordinator Glyn Hayes on [email protected]