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Jardine: Where’s Our Disability Minister?

March 29, 2019 6:34 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has today slammed the Government for its failure to appoint a new Disabilities Minister until Brexit has been dealt with.

The previous minister, Sarah Newton MP, quit her post more than two weeks ago, but yesterday it was confirmed that Theresa May would hold off on filling the role until the Brexit impasse has been resolved.

This news came as a National Audit Office report revealed that two years into its disability strategy, the DWP has not yet developed detailed proposals for their goal of getting one million more disabled people into work by 2027.

Liberal Democrat Work and Pensions Spokesperson, Ms Jardine said:

"The disappointing report from the National Audit Office underlines the need for a Minister for Disabled People.

"Are they putting off appointing one because disabled people aren't high enough on their list of priorities? Or because Brexit is more important? Or perhaps they just can't find anyone to do the job?

"Whatever the reason, the current situation is unacceptable, and the Government needs to reassure the public that they are acting on this and that they truly do care about people with disabilities."