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Committee Chair Stephen Timms MP comments on National Disability Strategy

28 July 2021

Commenting on the launch today of the Government’s National Disability Strategy, Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP said: 

“We have been waiting a long time for the Government’s National Disability Strategy, so its publication today is very welcome. Its underlying principle—a cross-government strategy, renewed annually, against which the Government can be held to account for its performance—is a good one. But the Minister is right to acknowledge that today’s publication represents only a first step in the right direction.

Disabled people have told the Government very clearly that the way in which it engaged with them to develop this strategy was not good enough. In particular, the survey it carried out was not accessible and caused offence. With planned annual reviews of the strategy, the Government has an immediate opportunity to put that right and to start to rebuild the trust it has lost.”

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