Jenny Willott MP supports the Keep Us Close campaign for Scope

December 4, 2012 4:00 PM
Jenny supports Scope campaign

Jenny supports Keep Us Close

Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central, celebrated International Day of Disabled People at a Christmas parliamentary reception hosted by the disability charity Scope to mark its new campaign calling for better local services for disabled children and their families.

Jenny Willott MP was also joined at the reception by Scope's celebrity supporter actress and comedienne Sally Phillips ('Miranda', 'Bridget Jones's Diary', 'Smack The Pony', 'Clare in the Community').

Research carried out by Scope shows that 62% of families with disabled children are not getting critical support such as childcare, appropriate schools, or even healthcare in their local area. To date over 20,000 members of the public have called on their MP to urge the Government to guarantee families with disabled children better support through the Children and Families' Bill which is currently passing through Parliament.

Scope is calling on the Government to be bolder and go further to plug the gap in services that families with disabled children currently experience by including a new principle in the Children and Families Bill.

Commenting, Jenny Willott MP said:

"It is unacceptable that so many families with disabled children have to battle to get the support they so desperately need.

"We have a great opportunity through the Children and Families Bill to transform support for disabled children and their families.

"Families in Cardiff Central should rest assured that I am absolutely committed to ensuring we take the steps needed to improve the support available for disabled children in our local area."

Scope celebrity supporter and actress and comedienne Sally Phillips added:

"My eldest son has Down's Syndrome so I have first-hand experience of how debilitating the fight can be to get necessary services for disabled children. I'm delighted to help promote Scope's 'Keep us Close' campaign, and back its call for essential services for disabled children."

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