The government published its long-awaited Disability Action Plan.
Headway – the brain injury association responded to the consultation last year. It was a broad consultation seeking views on a range of different issues. We responded to those we thought would be most important to brain injury survivors, and where we felt our voice would have the most impact.
In response to the published plan, Colin Morris, Director of Communications at Headway, said:
“We are pleased to see that the government intends to provide financial support for disabled people to access elected office – but disappointed that this is not planned to launch until 2025. Surely, with both local elections and a general election on the horizon, this should be a priority?
“We agree that work to improve the evidence base on disability and domestic abuse is much needed. We hope that this work recognises the relationship between domestic abuse and brain injury, and the needs of survivors whose brain injury was caused by this abuse.
“Overall, while this Disability Action Plan is welcome, there are many pressing issues affecting brain injury survivors that are not even touched on. Navigating the benefits system, access to suitable housing, support to enter appropriate employment, access to adequate social care, and greater support to get through the cost-of-living crisis – these problems are at the heart of the challenges that many survivors face. We need to see concrete steps in these areas.
“While these challenges continue, we will advocate for brain injury survivors and express their needs at every opportunity.”Back