Disability Rights UK blog post, 2 May 2017: Three questions to ask your parliamentary candidates
We as disabled people make up 1 in 5 of the UK population – that is all of us living with an impairment or long-term health condition. Let’s make our votes count!
Below we have suggested three questions you can ask the candidates in your constituency, as well as suggestions in bullet point on issues you may wish them to particularly respond on.
Make it clear that their answers will make a difference to the way you vote. Feel free to add any other questions that are important to you.
- Are you committed to the rights of disabled people to participate fully in society?
- In practice, if elected, would you work with disabled people and our organisations on an action plan, with short and longer-term goals, to ensure the UK meets its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? See https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2017/january/disabled-people-tell-un-committee-uk-failing-international-rights-convention for the top issues where the UK must make progress
- Do you support our rights to independent living, accessible transport, education, employment and public life?
- Will you work to ensure our rights are protected and developed post Brexit?
2. Will you change the way the benefits system works for disabled people?
- Are you committed to replacing the Work Capability Assessment and sanctions regime for disabled people claiming benefits?
- Are you committed to no further benefit cuts affecting disabled people in the next Parliament?
3. Are you committed to a health and social care system that enables disabled people to lead full, independent lives?
- Will you work to stop the rise in compulsory detention and forced treatment of people with mental health issues or learning disabilities?
- Will you work to phase out restraint and seclusion?
- Will you work for a social care funding solution that offers all disabled people more choice and control in our lives?
- What are you going to do about the amount we have to pay in social care charges?
Make sure you can vote
Register by 22 May 2017 to vote in the General Election on 8 June. You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered. It’s too late to register for the 4 May local elections.