Hunter joins comedienne Sally Phillips to call for better services for disabled children

December 4, 2012 11:39 AM
Mark with comedien Sally Phillips

Mark with comedien Sally Phillips

Cheadle MP Mark Hunter 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.

Mr Hunter 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').

Taking centre stage during the reception was a giant Christmas tree adorned with handmade 'wish stars' decorated by members of the public and inscribed with messages to the MPs stating why supporting disabled children and their families matters. 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.

Research carried out by Scope shows that 62% of families with disabled children are not getting critical support such as childcare or nursery places, appropriate schools, essential therapies or even healthcare in their local area.

The impact of a lack of local support is pushing families to breaking point by forcing them to battle for services (60%), causing them stress and anxiety (80%), placing financial pressures on them (36%) and affecting their ability to work (51%).

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, Mark said:

"Many families with disabled children have to battle to get the support they so desperately need. We have a fantastic opportunity through the Children and Families Bill to transform support for disabled children and their families.

"That is why I was pleased to join Scope in highlighting the need for strong services for disabled children across the country."

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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