Today, parents and carers of disabled children in Cheshire East got the chance to question Edward Timpson, local MP for Crewe and Nantwich.
The event was organised by Cheshire East Parent Carer Forum as part of Mencap’s Hear my voice campaign, which aims to empower people with a learning disability and their families and carers to have their voices heard by their local MPs and candidates in the lead up to the May 2015 General Election.
At Crewe Alexandra Football Club, Mr Timpson took part in a Question and Answer session with parents and carers of disabled children from Cheshire East. Mr Timpson, who is also Minister of State for Children and Families, responded to local concerns about future provision for children with disabilities and their families.
Edward Timpson MP, said:
“As a local MP, I feel it is really important to hear the views of local parents and families of disabled children. I therefore really welcomed the opportunity from Cheshire East Parent Carer Forum and Mencap to hear about the issues that parents and their families face.
“As Children’s Minister, I am also committed to this ongoing dialogue and doing what I can to improve things for parents, carers, families and of course their disabled sons and daughters.”
Cheshire East Parent Carer Forum (CEPCF) gives parents and carers of children with disabilities or additional needs the opportunity to have their say about the services provided and commissioned by the Cheshire East Local Authority.
Suzanne Hoxworth, chair of CEPCF, added:
“As parents of disabled children, if we don’t tell the local authority what works well for us and what services we need, then how will they know? The CEPCF recognises how to use the wealth of experience that we, as parents caring for our disabled children, have to make the lives of our children and families better.
“We had a real opportunity today to talk to Mr Timpson about the issues we face, the services we need, and ask him about his plans for provision for families in the area if he is re-elected in May. We hope that our voice will make a real difference to the lives of parents and their disabled children in Cheshire East.”
Stephen John, Mencap campaigns officer for the north of England, said:
“The local parents and carers who turned out to meet Mr Timpson today really seized the opportunity to discuss the problems they face and the changes they want to see in the next Parliament. It is so important that our local leaders get the chance to really listen to the concerns and ideas of the people they represent – after all, they are the experts in what matters to them.”
To find out more about Mencap’s Hear my voice campaign, visit: www.hear-my-voice.org.uk