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Braintree: MP backs disability social care campaign
11:00am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
A politician joined two Paralympic athletes to lend his support for social care for disabled people.
Braintree MP Brooks Newmark attended Tuesday’s event in the Houses of Parliament, which was part of disability charity Scope’s Britain Cares campaign.
He was joined by London 2012 gold medal winning wheelchair athlete Hannah Cockcroft and sprinter Sam Ruddock.
The Britain Cares campaign is calling on the Government to ensure 100,000 disabled people do not miss out on vital social care support.
The Care Bill will be debated by MPs in the House of Commons for the first time in the coming weeks.
Hundreds of Braintree residents have been among the 30,000 people who have contacted their MPs to support the campaign.
Mr Newmark viewed an art installation containing Braintree residents’ ‘I Care’ photos during last week’s event.
He said: “I was absolutely delighted to meet with Paralympians Hannah Cockroft and Sam Ruddock and to learn more about how important the issue of good social care is to my constituents.
“As a Conservative MP I am very proud that the Government’s Care Bill will introduce a new, modern law for a care system that focuses on people’s wellbeing.
“As the bill passes through the House of Commons, it is important that all MPs remember that one third of care users are working age disabled people and that social care must support them to live fulfilling, independent lives.”
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