Today, The Disabilities Trust’s CEO, Irene Sobowale, accompanied MPs and other Acquired Brain Injury charities in a visit to Downing Street to deliver a letter urging the Prime Minister to back Chris Bryant MP’s Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Private Members’ Bill.
Alongside 200 MPs, brain injury and wider sector charities and brain injury survivors, The Disabilities Trust co-signed a letter to the Prime Minister asking for his support for the Bill which would commit the Government to prepare and publish a strategy to meet the needs of all children and adults with an ABI.
Brain Injury is a leading cause of death and disability affecting over 1.3 million people and costing £15 billion to the UK economy each year. It is an issue for the Departments of Health and Social Care; Work and Pensions; Education; and Digital, Culture, Media & Sport; and the Ministries of Justice, Defence, Housing Communities and Local Government.
Irene said:“Brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability across the UK, with one hospital admission every 90 seconds of someone with a brain injury. Despite this, we do not have a cohesive Government response to meet the needs of millions of individuals and their families, struggling with the challenges a brain injury can cause.
“The Disabilities Trust provides neurorehabilitation to help rebuild the lives and families shattered by the impact of a brain injury. We know though that not everyone is so lucky and some can remain hidden within the system. This particularly affects those in vulnerable situations, such as survivors of domestic abuse.
“We back this Bill so that every family can get the support and rehabilitation to enable long lasting recovery.”
Chris Bryant MP, Chair of the All-party Parliamentary Group for Acquired Brain Injury and Labour MP for the Rhondda said: “We need to give people
back their quality of life after they have had an acquired brain injury. It affects more than one million people in this country and the government must have a plan to ensure every child and adult is properly supported."
"My Bill simply asks the government to prepare and publish a strategy so that there is cross-departmental working to meet the needs of everyone with an acquired brain injury. I know this will make a huge difference to many people and hope the Prime Minister will listen to those affected and take action."
The Bill will have its second reading in Parliament on 3rd December. Stay tuned between now and then to hear from those we support and our colleagues at The Disabilities Trust on why they are so keen to encourage you all to back the Bill.
To read the Prime Minister's letter in full click here.
To read Irene's blog piece on why she supports the ABI Bill click here.
To find out more about the Bill visit: https://www.abibill.org.uk/