Talking to MPs and peers about the impact of the cost of living crisis on disabled people

The day after we handed our cost of living petition in at 10 Downing Street, we went back to parliament to talk to more MPs and peers about the impact of the crisis on disabled people.  

We spoke to 20 MPs and peers from across parliament. We talked to them about how disabled people need long term support through the cost of living crisis.

This involves reforming the benefits system and providing targeted support with energy bills.  

One of the people we spoke to was the Minister for Disabled People, Tom Pursglove. We had a long discussion with him about the next steps the government is taking to support disabled people through the upcoming Health and Disability White Paper.  

Tom Pursglove, Minister for Disabled People and MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, visits our parliamentary drop-in.

The event was sponsored by Shadow Minister for Disabled People Vicky Foxcroft, a previous Sense Parliamentarian of the Year. She regularly champions the needs of disabled people in the House of Commons.  

Vicky Foxcroft, Shadow Minister for Disabled People and MP for Lewisham Deptford, at our parliamentary drop-in.

While we were at the event, we gave MPs Sense badges, and we were thrilled to see Jo Gideon wearing hers during Prime Minister’s Questions

Jo Gideon, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central.
David Linden, MP for Glasgow East and a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee. David also attended our roundtable the day before.
Ian Byrne, MP for Liverpool West Derby.

We were also happy to see Ian Byrne highlighting our cost of living campaign in parliament.

Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, asked about our upcoming report into the barriers faced by disabled people who want to enter employment.
Marion Fellows, MP for Motherwell and Wishaw, and disability spokesperson for the SNP.
Christine Rees, MP for Neath.
Margaret Ferrier, MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West.
Mark Tami, MP for Alyn and Deeside.
Peter Dowd, MP for Bootle.