The Disability Equality Roadshow aims to develop Labour’s policies to fight discrimination and promote disability equality by involving deaf and disabled people, their carers and service providers at engagement events across every region of the country, and each nation-state.
This engagement process will take the first steps in developing policies which can tackle the structural issues affecting deaf and disabled people and their carers across the UK, as well as the challenges we all face in building a fairer, more equal society.
The next Labour government will ensure that the UK upholds its obligations under the UN convention on persons with disabilities. Our commitment to people-powered politics means that we believe that future social security policy should be co-produced with Deaf and disabled people, carers and service providers. We want to transform our social security system, based on the principles of dignity, independence and support.
The aim is to engage with stakeholders and hear their views and experiences of social security policy, but also policies on employment and work, education and training, health and care, independent living, access to justice and more. Labour is committed to tackling the disadvantage and discrimination facing members of the deaf and disabled community, which is worsening under this Tory Government’s destructive austerity policies.
At the launch of the Disability Equality Roadshow on the 11th November 2016, I was joined by guest speaker and bedroom tax campaigner, Paul Rutherford, with an audience of disabled people and carers, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn MP and Labour’s Greater Manchester mayoral candidate, Andy Burnham MP.
Dates and locations for the Roadshow are as follow (with links to sign up where available):
- Manchester – 11th November 2016
- Newcastle – 3rd December 2016
- Cardiff – 15th December 2016
- Edinburgh – 26th January 2017
- Bristol – 9th February 2017
- London (Brixton) – 27th February 2017
- Norwich – 9th March 2017
- Birmingham – 23rd March 2017
- Yorkshire (venue tbc) – 20th April 2017
You can view the video from the launch and pictures from the events below: