18 April 2017
Scope responds to the Prime Minister’s announcement of a general election to be held on 8 June.
Mark Atkinson Chief Executive of disability charity Scope, said:
“This election will be hugely important to disabled people in Britain and they will be looking closely at the policies and proposals from all parties.
"Scope polling of disabled people and their priorities for Government highlight that 70 per cent of disabled people believe disability benefits should be protected, 56 per cent believe there should be an increase in investment in social care and 54 per cent believe action should be taken on the extra costs disabled people face.
"There are 13 million disabled people in Britain – a hugely significant number of votes – and 89 per cent have said they will vote at the next election. We’d urge all candidates to talk to and listen to their concerns, hopes and aspirations so that any government can build a country that works better for disabled people and delivers everyday equality.
"Scope will be working with disabled people from right across the country to make sure that their voices are heard and that disability equality is a key issue in this election.”
Notes to the editor:
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Opinium polling on behalf of Scope of 1,009 disabled people. Fieldwork conducted 5 -11 August 2016