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Listening to the Sheffield People’s Parliament

Monday, September 2, 2013

Adam Butcher, a member of Sheffield People’s Parliament, recently met Meg Munn MP to tell her how the Parliament works. Over a coffee he explained that the Parliament acts as a forum open to anyone with a learning disability where they can meet to discuss the issues that matter to them.

He outlined his concern about the accessibility of the Council websites for people with learning disabilities, and the lack of ‘easy-read’ information on the Care Bill which is currently progressing through the Westminster Parliament. It is difficult for people with learning disabilities to understand the proposed changes in the law and how they might be affected.

Furthermore, Adam also informed Meg how a number of learning disability services users have been detrimentally affected by the government’s bedroom tax. The Sheffield People’s Parliament are also concerned about the potential repercussions of the Council’s 11.5 million overspend in adult social care for the learning disability services.

Meg agreed to write to the Council on Adam’s behalf to push them to ensure that their website is more accessible, and to seek greater clarity about the future of the learning disability services. She also agreed with Adam that those responsible for abuse at places such as Winterbourne View should receive much tougher sanctions and that there should be a clear chain of accountability.

Meg said:

“I found hearing more about the work of the Sheffield People’s Parliament really interesting. It’s incredibly important that we ensure information is accessible to all, and that we try to protect our crucial learning disabilities services, even in these tough economic times”

The Sheffield People’s Parliament is open to all people with a learning disability aged 18 and over. It meets every two months in the Town Hall. For more information about People’s Parliament, you can email: LDPartnershipBoard@sheffield.gov.uk

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