Paralympians to show support for social care for disabled people
North Thanet`s MP, Sir Roger Gale, joined double Gold
medallist wheelchair athlete Hannah Cockroft and Paralympian Sam Ruddock at an
event in the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, to show his support for social
care for disabled people.
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.
The Care Bill will be debated by MPs in the House of
Commons for the first time in the coming weeks.
While the debate on social care has focussed on the
demands of an ageing population, one third of social care users are working age
However research by Scope has found that currently 4 in
10 disabled people who receive social care support say it does not meet their
After the event
Sir Roger said:
I was delighted to meet with
Paralympians Hannah Cockroft and Sam Ruddock and to learn about how important
the issue of good social care is to my own constituents.
As a Conservative MP 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."
Gold medallist Hannah Cockroft said:
I am proud to give my
support to the ‘Britain Cares’ campaign and to raise
awareness of why social care is so important for disabled people.
Social care supports thousands
of disabled people to do the things that many take for granted – like getting
dressed, washing, eating, or getting out and about to the shops.
As a Paralympian, I am adding
my voice to the tens of thousands who have already shown us that ‘Britain
Cares’ about social care.”
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