New network will give disabled people in Hastings a stronger voice

Disabled people and their loved ones in Hastings and across the South East are being urged to help break down the barriers they face in their day-to-day lives by speaking truth to power in a new forum.

The Government is inviting applications to participate in the new group, which will discuss difficulties disabled people face in a range of areas, including independent living, transport, housing and employment.

By drawing on lived experience policy makers will be better placed to tackle the issues disabled people can encounter in society.

Each group will consist of local disabled people and disabled people’s organisations, led by a chair who will regularly report their views directly back to ministers. 

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Amber Rudd said:

“We want to improve the ways we engage with disabled people and disabled people’s organisations. This network will actively involve disabled people in the decisions that matter to them.

“We’re looking for disabled people in Hastings and across the South East who want to make a positive difference for their community and the UK.

“It’s only by working in partnership with disabled people that we can create a society that works for everyone.”

A chair is being sought to lead the efforts of the South East group, as well as members to share their experiences.

Applications from disabled people are especially welcome, or from people that have personal experience such as parents of disabled children or partners of disabled people.

The South East group will have a face-to-face meeting at least once a year but will be free to meet more often and will be able to share views regularly with the Government through an online portal.

Once established, it will be part of the Regional Stakeholder Network for disabled people driving improvements across the country.

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