More accessible housing, easier commuting and better job prospects are among the proposals in the Government’s new ‘National disability strategy’, which reflects the experiences of disabled people across the UK.
The strategy sets out 100 immediate commitments supported by £1.6 billion in funding, of which £300 million will be invested in support for children with special educational needs and disabilities in schools, and an online work passport to help disabled students move seamlessly from education to work.
Cllr David Fothergill, Chair of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “Through their responsibilities for vital everyday services, councils are already at the heart of enabling disabled people to live their best possible lives and tackling inequalities.”
He added: “Our transport networks must be accessible for all people. Councils help provide the national concessionary fares scheme, which offers free off-peak travel for disabled people. By fully funding the scheme, government would help ease the pressure on stretched council budgets and protect cherished bus services.
“The forthcoming Spending Review is an opportunity to ensure that councils have the necessary funding to achieve real and lasting change for disabled people. It is also vital that we urgently get a long-term, sustainable funding solution and a vision for a care and support system that is fit for the 21st century.”