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Disabled people and their loved ones in the South East are being urged to help break down the barriers they face in their day-to-day lives by speaking truth to power in a new forum.

The Government is inviting applications to participate in the new group, which will discuss difficulties disabled people face in a range of areas, including independent living, transport, housing and employment, where improvements are required.

By drawing on lived experience policy makers will be better placed to tackle the issues disabled people can encounter in participating in society.

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Each group will consist of local disabled people and disabled people’s organisations, led by a chair who will regularly report their views directly back to ministers.

Sarah Newton, Minister for Disabled People, said:

“It’s vital that we listen to the voices of people with disabilities across the country, as we know people’s experiences vary depending on where they live.

“That’s why we’re looking for people in the South East who want to make a positive difference.

“By working together we can break down the barriers that people face in their daily lives, building a more inclusive society that works for us all”.

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A chair is being sought to lead the efforts of the South East group, as well as members to share their experiences.

Applications from disabled people are especially welcome, or from people that have personal experience such as parents of disabled children or partners of disabled people.

The South East group will have a face-to-face meeting at least once a year but will be free to meet more often and will be able to share views regularly with the Government through an online portal.

Once established, it will be part of the Regional Stakeholder Network for disabled people driving improvements across the country.

To find out more and apply to take part in the group visit

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