General election 2017

A general election has been called for Thursday 8 June 2017. We've put together a selection of resources to support you to make your voice heard.

Latest news

General election: ‘What can I ask candidates?’

14 May 2017

The question we need to ask all political parties ahead of the general election is: ‘What are you going to do for disabled people?’

General election: ‘You're joking. Not another one.’

12 May 2017

Our public affairs manager explains why the general election offer an important opportunity for us to make sure the issues disabled people care about stay on the political agenda.

Our campaign updates

The state of social care

In our report The state of social care in Great Britain in 2016 we found:

  • 48% of disabled adults who say they need social care do not receive any support at all.
  • Thousands are trapped at home, isolated and unemployed.

We all need to take urgent action to ensure social care is fit for the future which is why we are still calling for:

  • a fair and sustainable funding system for social care
  • an independent commission on social care
  • an independent appeals system

Make care fair

End 15-minute care visits

With the help of the public, our Make Care Fair campaign has already had some big successes.

In April 2015 the Care Act came into force, and with it came guidance that councils shouldn’t commission short visits for personal care. Following this, a number of councils stopped commissioning flying care visits.

However, our most recent research found at least 34 councils admitted they continue to commission 15-minute visits for personal care. More than 10,000 people joined our campaign, sending a clear message to politicians.

Our pledge

Registering to vote

The government estimates there are more than 11 million disabled people across the UK, meaning disabled people can play a crucial role in deciding the result of elections. It’s why registering to vote so you can have your say is so important.

In order to vote you will need to be registered. Your local electoral registration office will be able to tell you if you are registered.

Find out more about ways to vote and accessibility.