The Disabilities Trust is a respected and progressive national charity providing personal support, residential and community accommodation and rehabilitation services for people with autism, physical and learning disabilities and acquired brain injury.
At this General Election The Disabilities Trust believes all political parties should commit to the following three principles:
1. To support the right of disabled people to a full and equal place in our society by committing to adequately funding health and social care to ensure disabled people have the services they need. And in addition, accepting that third sector service providers delivering public services to disabled people should be able to secure from central and local government and the NHS, fees that reflect the true cost of providing those services
2. To support the right of disabled people as equal citizens, to control their own funding and choose personalised services, whilst recognising that stronger safeguards must be put in place to prevent abuse of vulnerable service users and those who may have fluctuating mental capacity
3. That regulation of the third sector must be proportionate to the risk identified and should not become too onerous and costly or it may threaten the independence and diversity of the third sector. Also the regulator itself must be fully and transparently accountable for its policies and actions
For more information visit the Disabilities Trust website.