After a long delay, the Government’s disability strategy is finally on its way “soon” (heard that one before!). Disabled people are hoping for radical policies that improve their lives, but will it just be warm words and no real action?

At Work and Pensions Questions today  I asked Justin Tomlinson (Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health) to convince us…

You can watch my question below, or read the text of our exchange here:

Vicky Foxcroft:

Like the review of the special rules for terminal illness, the Government’s disability strategy has been much delayed. After two long years, we are told to expect it “soon”. Disabled people are hoping for radical policies that will improve their lives. However, many fear it will contain warm words and platitudes but no real action. Can the Minister convince us that his strategy will be published with a fanfare and not just a whimper?

Justin Tomlinson:

Absolutely. I am grateful to all the stakeholders and those with real-lived experience, including disabled people themselves, who have been working with the Department on: the proposed changes to SRTI; our forthcoming health and disability Green Paper, which will look at both disability benefits and support and disability employment, of which we have delivered record amounts; and our national strategy for disabled people, which has the Prime Minister’s personal support and will, for the first time, bring genuine cross-Government focus to create more inclusivity and remove barriers. All of those are due very soon, and I am confident that they will be well received.

Here is a link to the whole session.

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