Plaid Cymru Assembly candidate for Llanelli, Helen Mary Jones, has today outlined the steps her party's government would take in order to remove barriers for disabled people.
Helen Mary Jones said that the Party of Wales was committed to involving disabled people in all decisions that affect them by making the consultation of disabled people’s groups a statutory requirement for all future changes to welfare policy.
She added that a Plaid Cymru government would support disabled people in entering the world of employment and ensure a disabled friendly environment in schools and housing.
Plaid Cymru Assembly candidate for Llanelli, Helen Mary Jones said:
“Plaid Cymru will fight for a Wales in which everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed, and diversity is embraced and respected.
“We want to ensure that the voices of disabled people are always heard when making decisions that will affect them.
“To do this, we will make the consultation of disabled people’s groups a statutory requirement for all future changes to welfare policy.
“While we believe that disabled people should be encouraged and supported into employment, Plaid Cymru does not believe it is appropriate to require disabled people to face the same obligations and threats of sanctions in looking for employment.
“A Party of Wales government will establish sheltered employment schemes for those people who need a more supportive environment to return to work, as a stepping stone towards full participation in employment, and would work with accredited employers to deliver this.
“We will ensure that local authorities and social landlords provide more disabled friendly and lifetime housing suitable adapted to people’s needs. All schools will have appropriate access for physically disabled pupils.
“Plaid Cymru will ensure that better support is available for people with learning difficulties, including increasing the number of specialist nurses in hospital settings to address inequalities in the provision of health services.
“Fairness and equality form central pillars of the Party of Wales’s programme for government. Our ambitious but achievable vision will help remove barriers for disabled people and allow them to play a full part in society, uninhibited by stigma or discrimination.”