Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) are to write to the care minister to protest at her decision to organise a meeting to discuss the future of working-age social care without inviting a single DPO.

The failure to invite any DPOs to the “roundtable” event emerged last week after the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell had asked the government to extend the scope of its green paper on older people’s social care to include working-age disabled people with care needs.

The plan to hold a roundtable event was revealed by the junior health and social care minister Lord O’Shaughnessy in his response to Baroness Campbell, and he said that those invited included the charities Mencap and Scope.

Baroness Campbell later discovered that no DPOs had been invited, although she herself [was later] asked to attend the event. She had planned to raise her concerns at the exclusion of DPOs at the meeting.

Now the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) is to write to care minister Caroline Dinenage to express its alarm at the failure to invite any DPOs to the meeting, and is appealing for other DPOs to sign its draft letter.

The letter, drafted by Tracey Lazard (pictured), chief executive of ROFA member Inclusion London, calls on the government to ensure that DPOs are “actively involved in the Government’s work-stream to look at social care for working age Disabled people”.

Source: DPOs to write to minister over exclusion from social care meeting

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