General election: ‘You're joking. Not another one.’
12 May 2017
By Philip Brownlie
Posted by The Guardian on 18 April 2017.
‘You’re joking. Not another one…There’s too much politics going on at the moment.’
Many people no doubt feel a bit like Brenda from Bristol at the thought of another vote, following the snap election called by Theresa May for 8 June.
However, it offers an important opportunity for us to make sure the issues disabled people up and down the country care about stay on the political agenda.
Ending 15-minute care visits
We have been working hard for an end to rushed 15-minute care visits, which force people to choose between eating or washing and rob them of their dignity. More than 10,000 people joined our campaign, sending a clear message to politicians.
These 15-minute visits are a symptom of the problem of a lack of funding for social care. During the election campaign we will continue to call for a long term solution to this problem, as well as pushing for concrete action to help more disabled people into work.
Disability employment gap
The previous government committed to halving the disability employment gap (the difference in the employment rate between disabled and non-disabled people) and we will be campaigning to help ensure action is taken by any new government to make that a reality.
With your help, we will keep up the pressure on politicians from all parties in England, Scotland and Wales to enable disabled people to fulfil their potential and live the lives they choose.
If you’ve not registered to vote, don’t forget you can register up to 22 May to make sure your voice is heard.
Philip Brownlie is the public affairs manager at Leonard Cheshire Disability.