Why we need a dedicated Minister for Disabled People
The Prime Minister will not be replacing the dedicated role of Minister for Disabled People
Following the news from Downing Street that the Prime Minister will not be replacing the dedicated role of Minister for Disabled People and that it will now pass responsibilities to Mims Davies MP, a minister at the Department of Work and Pensions who will be sharing this with her youth portfolio, we have made this statement:
“It is appalling that the Government has decided not to appoint a dedicated minister for disabled people in the recent reshuffle. At a time when disabled people, including people with spinal cord injuries have already been hit hard by cuts to social care, the cost-of-living crisis and the changes announced to fit to work tests, it is even more important that disabled people’s interests are represented. Giving the role to someone who already has other responsibilities is a strong message to the almost 16 million disabled people in the country, that the Government just does not care.”
Meanwhile our VP Martin Hibbert appeared on BBC Breakfast on Friday morning to make the case that disabled people in the UK need to be represented at the highest level and to call on the prime minister to reinstate it as a Minister of State role.