The Scottish Parliament election is on Thursday 6 May 2021. What do people living with MS want from the next Scottish Government?
Over the next five months political parties will be gearing up for May’s election. Their parliamentary candidates are going to be convincing people across Scotland to vote for them.
More than 15,000 of us are living with MS in Scotland. This is our opportunity to ask representatives from all political parties what their plans are for dealing with the issues that affect our community.
After speaking to people living with MS, we've put together an MS manifesto that lays out our demands for the next Scottish Government.
Our MS manifesto
These are our priorities for the next Scottish Government.
1. Care, support and treatment for people living with MS is person centred, consistent and based within the community
No matter where you live in Scotland, we believe everyone should get the same high quality health and social care support.
Care and support must be based in the community and meet the need of every individual.
We want to make sure everyone can access specialists, MS nurses and the right services. And that everyone can get the treatments and therapies they need.
2. Creation of a world-leading, rights based social security system co-produced with people affected by MS
We want to see a social security system which is open, transparent and empowering for people living with MS and other neurological conditions.
We want to scrap the PIP 20 metre rule and make sure there is better financial support for carers.
It’s time for a social security system that prevents poverty, treats people with dignity and respect, and supports everyone to flourish.
3. Supporting physical and mental wellbeing and building resilient communities
Isolation and loneliness as a result of living with MS has increased during the pandemic.
Many people are feeling anxious and concerned about the future. We want to make sure everyone gets the support they need.
We want the next Scottish Government to commit to improving access to emotional support by supporting organisations like us who offer wellbeing services.
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