Our All-Party Parliamentary Group on Spinal Cord Injury has a decisive impact on decision-makers from across the political spectrum
We’re working in the corridors of power to influence policies in favour of spinal cord injured people nationwide. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) meets regularly and includes parliamentarians from across the political spectrum in addition to healthcare professionals, charities and SCI people.
Over the last 12 months, the APPG has been attended by the Minister for Care and the Minister for Disability, Health and Work. This level of engagement has helped the group to gain widespread attention – and it’s not just chatter. It works. We’ve secured a number of commitments, including a pledge (now fulfilled) to restore specialist beds, which had been used temporarily to treat coronavirus patients, to SCI people at the earliest opportunity.
Ministerial involvement in issues like this makes a massive difference to our reach and influence on behalf of spinal cord injured people. We now have a good working relationship with MPs from all parties, and will continue to engage at the highest level to discuss the urgent issues facing SCI people.
Click on the button below to read more about the key issues the APPG are focussing on, and the potential solutions being proposed to Ministers, MPs and decision-makers.
Working with policymakers
Our APPG gives us a prime opportunity to show politicians the scale of the challenges facing the spinally injured community. Presentations have been especially good at getting our message across. Recently our campaigns manager Dave Bracher gave amoving account of his own injury, and the impacts the pandemic has had on his peers.