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St Paul's says 'we care' about support for the disabled

As the Care and Support Bill goes through the House of Lords and on the eve of the Government's latest Spending Review, St Paul's Cathedral has shown its support of a leading UK disability charity.

The Britain Cares campaign, led by Scope, is calling on people across the country to show that the nation cares about disabled people and their right to the essential support needed to live their lives.

This week, St Paul's showed its commitment to the pursuit of disability rights as the Dean of the Cathedral, the Very Reverend David Ison, said "we care".

The Dean has joined more than 25,000 other people who have taken part in the campaign. People are encouraged to upload their photographs to the Britain Cares website, which calls for guaranteed provision of funding to ensure that more than 100,000 disable people receive help to do the basics like getting washed, dressed and out of the house.

The Dean has also written to the Cathedral's MP, Mark Field, to help urge the Government to ensure appropriate funding is secured.

In the letter, he says: "We are in dialogue with groups concerned about disability issues inside and outside the Church. They and we welcome the Government’s commitment to a social care system which is fair and enables people to have a quality of life.

"However, from the evidence it appears likely that the threshold for access to care support for disabled people has been set too high, in order to keep expenditure down, in a way which is adversely affecting disabled people of working age, including those who are able and willing to work but are struggling to get the support they need in order to contribute to our economic life.

"Please will you work to ensure that as part of the spending review in government, the needs of disabled people are properly funded to enable adequate provision of social care?"