Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

13/09/05 MP ROSIE JOINS MAJOR DISABILITY DEBATE

Rosie Cooper MP has joined up with the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) to launch a major national debate on the future of disabled people¡¦s equality in Britain.

In what promises to be the biggest and most-wide ranging debate ever on disability in Britain, Rosie Cooper said:

¡§The Disability Debate is the opportunity for disabled people in West Lancashire to become actively involved in shaping the fresh agenda for disability equality. Over the coming months I intend to talk to disability groups in the constituency in order to identify the major priorities for a new agenda ¡V one which will push forward the frontier of disabled people¡¦s opportunities and continue the momentum, built up over the last ten years, towards a society in which people can participate as equal citizens.¡¨

Bert Massie, Chairman of the DRC commented:

¡§Whilst massive progress has been made since the Disability Discrimination Act first cam onto the statute book in 1995, there is still a long way to go to reaching the goal of equal citizenship.¡¨

The Disability Debate seeks to identify and articulate the big priorities for a new disability agenda and provide a roadmap for both the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) and Government over the next 10-15 years.

Questions that will form part of the Disability Debate include:

„X How can we ensure disabled people are safe in their communities?
„X How can disabled people be equipped with the skills to play an active role in society?
„X How can we ensure that disabled people are in control of their own lives?
„X How can we reform the welfare state so that it supports independence rather than creates dependence?

Rosie Cooper MP said:

¡§Being an equal citizen means sharing responsibilities as well as having rights. I want to hear from people about their priorities, ideas and thoughts concerning a fresh agenda for the future.¡¨ 

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