Sunday, July 19, 2009

Conservative Campaign to Improve Conditions for the Disabled.

“The very painful thing about disability," said David Cameron,"whether your own or your loved one's - is the feeling that the situation is out of your control. When the system that surrounds you is very top-down, very bureaucratic, very inhuman that can only increase your feelings of helplessness. So the really big difference you can make is not just to make the interaction with the state more personal - through health visitors and local voluntary organisations not just to make it less combative, through sensible statementing or more compassionate, with regular respite care.

The big boost you can give people is putting power and control right into the hands of parents, carers or those with disabilities - through personal budgets and direct payments. That means that instead of giving a little bit of money from health, a little bit from education, a little bit from children's services, we say 'here is the total budget for you or your child, you choose how it's broken down.'

One pound in every four that the state spends on children with disabilities goes on the form-filling and commissioning - and not the care. David Cameron said, “In these times of tight budgets, we need to make sure the money we do spend is better spent. If we don't we are failing disabled people and their families. And it's not just expensive for the state - it's exhausting for the parents. Instead of having to bash down every door, the door marked disability permit, the door marked special education, the door marked benefit entitlement, why can't we have one door that opens on to all the things parents need?”

Read the full speech at

19th July 2009

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