The Adult Social Care APPG My Vote My Voice Reception

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The Adult Social Care APPG My Vote My Voice Reception

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The Situation

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Adult Social Care calls for Government action to solve the ongoing adult social care crisis in England. The APPG acts as a forum for members of the House of Commons and Lords to engage with the wider adult social care sector, with the aim of engaging in cross-party and non-partisan manner to influence government policy on the reform of the adult social care system.

What we did

Each year, the Adult Social Care APPG holds an annual parliamentary reception. This year, the reception was held in collaboration with the My Vote My Voice campaign, which focuses on increasing access and awareness of voting for people with learning disabilities and autism.

The aim of this event was to raise awareness for the campaign and provide a forum where people with learning disabilities and autistic people could question the Government and Shadow Government on what action was being taken to make elections more accessible.

Prior to the reception, members of the My Vote My Voice campaign dropped the #MyVoiceMatters petition to 10 Downing Street, asking for the Government and Parliament to do their part to make elections more accessible and open clearer pathways to politics for autistic people and people with learning disabilities.

During the reception, 70 people who draw on care and support and their carers, listened to and took part in a panel discussion which heard from Minister for Disabilities, Tom Pursglove MP, as well as Shadow Minister for Disabilities, Vicky Foxcroft MP. The Minister and Shadow Minister were joined by three panellists who have a learning disability or are autistic for this discussion.

The reception was closed by Liz Twist MP, Co-Chair of the Adult Social Care APPG.

The Result

The reception led to an increase in the number of political champions engaged in the campaign and a significant increase in campaign website traffic on the basis of associated social media campaigning and press.

The campaign was also introduced to the Minister and Shadow Minister, with initial engagement with the Government and Shadow Government and avenues identified for future activity around accessible voting.

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