Why this General Election matters to Disabled people – election resources

We are calling on Deaf and Disabled Londoners to make sure you get your voices heard in the 2017 General Election. Election Pledges, Template Leaflet for DDPOs and Disabled people, and a snap guide to the Snap Election.

Election Rosette and Ballot Box reading General Election 2017, Why GE2017 matters to Disabled people, ROFA's Snap Guide

We are calling on Deaf and Disabled Londoners to make sure you get your voices heard in the 2017 General Election.

At the end of last year, the UK became the first state in the world to be investigated by the United Nations and found guilty of grave and systematic violations of Disabled people’s rights due to welfare reform.

Government policy is having a direct and dramatic impact in every area of our lives including education, transport, benefits and income, employment support, independent living as well as how the public perceive disability.

Arguably, Disabled people’s voices are the most important to be heard in this election as we have the most to lose depending on the outcome.

A snap General Election presents challenges when many of our organisations are already over-stretched and under-resourced, however we are encouraging all organisations to do what you can to support your members to register to vote and use their votes on 8 June.

The Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance has produced a brief election guide and template leaflet which campaigners and organisations can use to get out and engage with your local communities to raise awareness about why this election matters to Deaf and Disabled people and why it is important to vote.

There is also more detailed information including tips and templates for organising hustings and working with the media in the Inclusion London Our Election 2 toolkit from the 2015 General Election that may still be useful:

You can also download our guide to Polling Station Access and how to complain:

Other resources:

ROFA has emailed a series of questions on key issues of importance to Deaf and Disabled people to the four main political parties standing in GE2017. We will be collating the responses and making them publicly available along with links to the main party manifestos.