Last week, Boris Johnson was re-elected as Prime Minister. The Conservatives have secured the majority of MPs in the House of Commons and will soon be able to begin implementing their policy priorities.
But what does that mean for our MS community?
What have the Conservatives said on issues close to the MS community?
The Conservative manifesto commits to providing £34 billion per year by the end of the Parliament in extra funding for the NHS. They aim to use this money to deliver 50,000 more nurses, 6,000 more GPs and 6,000 more primary care professionals. They also plan to build more hospitals.
The Prime Minister has promised to fix the crisis in adult social care, saying no one will have to sell their home to pay for their care. To achieve this Johnson has said he'll begin cross-party talks to find a solution to social care in his first 100 days. Until a long term solution is secured, the Conservatives will provide £1 billion of social care funding every year of the new parliament. They also plan to extend the entitlement to leave for unpaid carers to one week.
Disabled people and welfare
The Conservatives have promised to “reduce the number of reassessments a disabled person must go through when a significant change in condition is unlikely.” They've also committed to publish a National Strategy for Disabled People by the end of 2020. This will “look at ways to improve the benefits system, opportunities and access for disabled people in terms of housing, education, transport and jobs.”
We won't stop calling for a welfare system that makes sense
During the election campaign, just over 21,000 of you signed our open letter calling on the next Prime Minister to change the humiliating and degrading PIP process.
In the coming weeks, we'll be taking this letter to Downing Street to tell the Prime Minister people can't wait any longer to see this change.
Manifesto for MS
As we go into the New Year, we'll keep speaking up with everyone affected by MS. Read our priorities in our manifesto for MS.
A new Parliament will bring new opportunities for us to campaign and engage on these issues. If you'd like to add your voice to our campaigns and tell us what matters to you, then join our campaigns community.
We need Boris Johnson to keep his promises
Georgina Carr, our Head of Campaigns and External Relations says: “When Boris Johnson first entered no.10 back in July, he claimed he would fix the social care system once and for all. We've seen little progress, but he and the new UK Government now have an opportunity to change that.
“How we support disabled people is a barometer for society, and the lack of support available through disability benefits and social care has left thousands locked out of work and unable to leave their homes. We hope to work closely with the Conservative party to tackle these failures, because people with MS can’t wait any longer.”
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We updated this news story on Tuesday 17 December 2019.