Down Syndrome Bill will enhance lives – Lockhart

Down Syndrome Bill will enhance lives – Lockhart

Carla Lockhart MP shows her support for Dr Liam Fox's Private Members' Bill

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Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has joined with MPs from across the Commons in expressing support for a ground-breaking Private Members Bill proposed by Dr Liam Fox MP. The Bill, titled Down Syndrome Bill, will lead to the establishment of a Down Syndrome Act and a national strategy to improve provision and outcomes for all those living with Down syndrome in the UK.

After meeting Dr Fox to discuss the Bill, Carla Lockhart said:

“Those living with Down Syndrome are as much a part of our society as anyone else. Yet on a daily basis they face significant challenges as they lead their lives. That additional help and support they need to lead full, enjoyable, active and independent lives is not always there. This gap in support must be addressed.

"That is why I am fully supportive of the Private Members Bill being brought before the Commons by my friend, Rt. Hon. Dr Liam Fox MP. Working alongside disability campaigners, this Bill is about addressing the needs of those living with Down Syndrome. It will deliver a national strategy to improve provision and outcomes for all those living with Down syndrome in the UK. This is long overdue and will set a course for transforming the lives of those in our community with Down Syndrome with specific actions in areas such as maternity care, education, health, social care and employment.

"It is most encouraging that the Government has indicated it is supporting this Bill and therefore it will become law following its progression through Parliament. I trust that local campaign groups will feed into that process with engagement with local MPs and my door is open to discuss the Bill with anyone who wishes to share their views. “

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