At a recent event in the House of Commons, Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, met with two Paralympians to raise awareness of social care for disabled people and discuss the impact of the new Care Bill that is going through Parliament. The event, organised by disability charity Scope, was part of its ‘Britain Cares’ Campaign.
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. The campaign calls on the Government to ensure that disabled people do not lose out on vital social care support which enables them to live independent, fulfilling lives.
Commenting, Mike said: “It was an honour to meet with Paralympians Hannah Cockroft and Sam Ruddock to discuss the importance of quality social care. I am proud that the Government’s Care Bill will introduce a new, modern law for a care system built around people’s wellbeing. As the Bill passes through the House of Commons, it is important that all MPs remember that one third of care users are working age disabled people and that social care must support them to live fulfilling, independent lives.”