Mary joins Paralympians to show support for social care for disabled people

Double Gold medallist wheelchair athlete Hannah Cockroft and Paralympian Sam Ruddock starred at a parliamentary event urging ministers to ensure that 100,000 disabled people keep social care support which enables them to live independent, fulfilling lives.  

The event, which was part of the disability charity Scope's ‘Britain Cares’ campaign, was attended by North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon who said: “Hannah Cockroft and Sam Ruddock added gold dust to this vital discussion of good social care. The campaigners reminded MPs that one third of social care users are working age disabled people.  Social care support enables them to wash, dress and get out of the house. Without it, they cannot help themselves and their talents and productivity are lost to us all."

Paralympic double 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.”

The Care Bill will be debated by MPs 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 disabled people.

However research by Scope has found that currently 4 in 10 disabled people who receive social care support say it does not meet their basic needs.

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