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Call for Evidence

National Disability Strategy terms of reference

The Women and Equalities Committee is scrutinising the implementation and further development of the Government’s National Disability Strategy, which was published in July 2021. The Committee wants to hear from as many people as possible, especially disabled people. We have produced the call for evidence in multiple formats: text, audio, British Sign Language and EasyRead.

The Committee would like to hear your views on the following questions. You don’t have to answer all of the questions. You can respond on behalf of an organisation, or as an individual. The deadline for submissions is Sunday 24 July 2022.

The National Disability Strategy

  • How was the National Disability Strategy developed? How have stakeholder contributions informed the strategy?
  • How will the National Disability Strategy help disabled people to enjoy equal living standards and life opportunities to those without disabilities?
  • What progress has been made on the strategy so far? How quickly can some of the short-term goals be met?
  • How effectively is the Government communicating with disabled people and involving them in the implementation and further development of the strategy?
  • What progress has been made on the Disability Unit’s review into the way the Government engages with disabled people?
  • How well are the goals in the strategy being funded and measured for success?
  • Are there any specific groups that will be supported well, or supported badly, by the strategy?

People with learning disabilities and autism can face disproportionate inequalities, including in health and social care and access to the UK labour market.

  • What progress is being made to reduce health inequalities for people with learning disabilities and autism?
  • What progress has been made on reintroducing annual health checks for people with learning disabilities?
  • How will the National Disability Strategy support people with learning disabilities and autism into work and help them to progress in work? What more could the Government do to deliver for disabled people who are further away from the job market?
  • Does the SEND review provide a framework that will meet the needs of young people with learning disabilities and autism with the best opportunities?

International obligations and other Government policy

  • How compatible is the National Disability Strategy with the UK’s treaty obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?
  • How should the needs of disabled people be reflected in the post-pandemic recovery and other flagship Government policies such as Levelling-up?
  • What more could the Government do to mitigate the effects of future crises on people with disabilities, such as ensuring access to food in emergencies?

We want everyone’s voices to be heard in Parliament. Please contact us if for any reason you find it difficult to send us your written evidence online or if you need more time to submit. To discuss your needs, you can email us at womeqcom@parliament.uk or call us on 020 7219 5113 (Text relay: 18001 0207 219 5113).

Important information about your submission

Please read this section before making a submission. This information is particularly important for people making written submissions in an individual capacity, and about their own lived experience.

Written evidence must address the terms of reference as set out above, but please note that submissions do not have to address every point. Guidance on giving evidence to a select committee of the House of Commons is available here.

Individual cases

In line with the general practice of select committees the Women and Equalities Committee is not able to take up individual cases. If you would like political support or advice you may wish to contact your local Member of Parliament.

How your submission will be treated

The Committee has discretion over which submissions it accepts as evidence, and which of those it then publishes on its website. If your submission is accepted by the Committee, it will usually be published online. It will then be available permanently for anyone to view and may be found online by using search engines. It cannot be changed or removed. If you have included your name or any personal information in your submission, that will normally be published too. Please consider how much personal information you want or need to share. 

Your contact details will never be published.

Evidence accepted by the Committee is protected by parliamentary privilege. However, if published evidence suggests that criminal behaviour has occurred, there is no bar on external bodies investigating that behaviour, which may lead them to finding independent evidence which could be put before a court.

Anonymisation

Decisions about publishing evidence anonymously are made by the Committee. If you would like to ask the Committee to accept your submission anonymously (meaning it will be published but without your name) please tick the box when you make your submission. This lets the Committee know what you would like but the final decision will be taken by the Committee.

If you would like to request that your submission be published anonymously then you are responsible for ensuring you cannot be identified from details in your submission. Please make sure you have not included information that would allow someone to work out who you are.

We may anonymise or redact some of your submission if it is published, even where you have not requested this. 

Confidential submissions

The Committee may decide to accept evidence on a confidential basis. Confidential submissions remain available to the Committee but are not published or referred to in public. 

If you would like to ask the Committee to accept your submission confidentially please tick the box when you make your submission. This lets the Committee know what you would like but the final decision will be taken by the Committee.

We may treat your submission confidentially, even where you have not requested this. 

Information about other people in your evidence

If you include personal information about other people in your submission (including your friends and family), the Committee may decide not to publish it. It is advisable to make your submission about your own experiences and to keep information about other people to a minimum. Where you do need to mention other people, it is advisable to make sure they cannot be identified.

Safeguarding

If your evidence raises any safeguarding concerns about you, or other people, then the Committee has a duty to raise these with the appropriate safeguarding authority.

Legal cases

We can’t publish submissions that mention ongoing legal cases. Please do not include details of an ongoing case, or details that are likely to be the subject of future proceedings, in your submission.

We are aware of the appeal to the High Court judgment on unlawful consultations on the National Disability Strategy. The Chair has waived the rule on legal cases in relation to this matter and it may therefore be referenced in your submission.

Signposting

Committees of the House of Commons are not able to take up individual cases but if you would like political support or advice you may wish to contact your local Member of Parliament.

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