Barbara has given her firm support to new government policies that will see an extra £340 million spent on disabled children and their families.
"There are over 6000 carers in Worsley, many of whom care for disabled children, and this is a very important announcement for them. It is vital that every disabled child has the best possible start in life, and that their families receive all the support they need. This extra £340 million is a big step in the right direction. It will improve practical services and give families more of a say in shaping the services they need.
“I am pleased to see that the money includes extra funding over the next three years to fund short breaks for disabled children. This will help an extra 40,000 families across the country who care for their children round-the-clock and desperately need a break.”
The money will also help in other areas, such as providing funding for a pilot project to improve accessible childcare, extra funds to help families with their child’s transition into adulthood, and further cash locally to get parents involved with shaping local services and providing better wheelchairs and essential equipment.
"The measures announced this week shows that the Government believes that every disabled child matters. I’m delighted that disabled children and their hard-working families in Worsley will be able to benefit from this money. It is now important that the funding carries on into the future, and that we make sure that carers are aware of the services that are available to them."