Launch of Labour Party’s Disability Manifesto | David Allkins

Launch of Labour Party’s Disability Manifesto | David Allkins


I’m here in central London for the launch of the Labour disability manifesto This launch is taking place at the National Grid, which has an innovative scheme for apprenticeships for young people with learning
disabilities. I’m going to find out about how it works Labour’s disability team chatted to the apprentices at National Grid to hear about their experiences I listened to the conversations and asked a few questions of my own There was an official launch of Labour’s disability manifesto
followed by questions from the press Rachel Reeves is the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. I managed to get
through the media scrum to ask her a question The statistics are pretty staggering. 45% of people with disabilities are in work compared to 73% of the population as a whole. We need to be doing an awful lot more to ensure that the skills and talents of everybody are utilised. It’s an exciting world to be in publishing our Labour disability manifesto Kate Green is the Shadow Disabilities Minister and could be in charge of disability
policy if Labour takes power next month But it’s everybody’s right to work and
too often disabled people don’t get the
chance to fulfil that right so our manifesto
is very focused on disabled people having the same employment rights and chances as non-disabled people, but important too are the same education rights and chances
because its education that’s the pathway into not just a job but a good job. Do you support the work of the Every Vote Counts which United Response has been running
and has employed me for Political Correspondent to encourage every person with a disability to vote? Absolutely. It’s a great campaign, Every Vote Counts, as it’s informing disabled people about their right to vote and the importance of
exercising the right to vote, and if all the disabled people who are registered to vote – millions of disabled people who are registered to vote – use their votes then they’ll be, I think
they’ll be holding the balance of power in the next parliament It was very interesting to be at the launch of a manifesto specifically for people
with disabilities Here’s what the other parties say in their
manifestos about disability. At United Response we hope that whichever party heads the next government they will enable more disabled people to live independent lives and get into the
workplace We also hope that more people with a
disability vote on May the 7th This is David Allkins, Political Correspondent reporting for United Response.

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