MARK Jenkinson MP has welcomed the Conservative Government’s plan to improve the lives of disabled people.
The new Disability Action Plan is part of a long-term plan to help disabled people to fulfil their potential.
Informed by the views of over 1,300 disabled people, their families and interested parties, the action plan sets out 32 practical actions to transform the everyday lives of disabled people and make the UK the most accessible place in the world.
Measures include building an online information hub for local authorities on opening accessible playgrounds; creating a new fund to support disabled people who want to be elected to public office; improving support for people with assistance dogs; and leading new research into emerging issues affecting disabled people in the UK.
The Cabinet Office’s Disability Unit will also be working with other government departments to explore bidding to host and deliver the 2031 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
Mark said: “Everyone in the Workington constituency deserves to lead a happy and fulfilling life, regardless of additional mental or physical needs.
“I am delighted that the Conservative Government is building on its strong track record of supporting disabled people with its new Disability Action Plan, setting out 32 practical steps to transform their everyday lives to ensure disabled people can participate fully in society.”
The Government is continuing to expand employment support for people with disabilities through programmes including the £2.5 billion Back to Work Plan which includes reforms to help those with disabilities and health conditions.
The Government is also changing the Work Capability Assessment to reflect the modern world of work and the opportunities available to disabled people. These measures will help to remove barriers facing disabled people and ensure that everyone can fulfil their potential.