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The Chief Executive of The Disabilities Trust, Irene Sobowale, has added her voice to a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, calling for a cross-party long-term solution to the current crisis in health and social care funding.

The letter, which was initiated by older people’s charity Independent Age, is signed by 75 organisations and leading voices including the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Care England, Royal College of GPs, Royal College of Nursing, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG). A full list of signatories is available with the letter text.

Irene Sobowale commented:

“A long-term solution to health and social care funding is essential for the millions of people with disabilities who rely on the system, including the hundreds supported every year by The Disabilities Trust. We hope that this letter leads to the establishment of a cross-party commission and we will continue to work alongside other leading charities to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities are heard.”

A public petition reflecting the content of the letter is now open on the parliamentary website and we encourage our staff and supporters to sign it.

The Disabilities Trust submitted evidence in 2016 to the Health Select Committee and Communities and Local Government Select Committee to express our concerns about adult social care.