Labour Shadow Minister Debbie Abrahams visits Worcester
Joy Squires and Worcester Labour Party welcomed Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Debbie Abrahams, to Worcester on Thursday 13th July. Debbie was in Worcester to hear about the challenges and barriers faced by people with disabilities in getting into employment and accessing benefits and support.
The meeting was held at Deaf Direct in Lowesmoor, where Joy is a Trustee. As well as representatives from Speakeasy N.O.W and The People’s Parliament, Onside Advocacy, Headway and Deaf Direct, Debbie heard first hand from individuals with disabilities who had experienced the hardship of struggling to find work and navigating their way through the benefits and support system.
Joy said: “Debbie Abrahams is at the forefront of Labour’s campaign to achieve equality for disabled people. Today’s meeting was an important step on the way to developing a new approach to supporting disabled people, ending the discrimination they face and ensuring they are able to enjoy a decent quality of life.
“Too many disabled people struggle to find work and feel dehumanised by the benefits system. Labour is determined to change that.”
ShortVideo of Debbie Abrahams visit
Some useful links
Worcester News article on Debbie’s visit
Accessible formats of Labour’s 2017 Manifesto ‘For the Many not the Few’
Labour Party Manifesto for Disabled People