Tomorrow, May 5th, Londoners will be voting for a new Mayor. Back Up helps hundreds of people affected by spinal cord injury who live in London, so we've decided to pull together information about five of the mayoral election candidates and where they stand on disability. If you want to find out more about their plans to improves the lives disabled Londoners, please read their full manifestos.
Sian Perry, Green Party
- Committed to the principle of ‘Nothing about us without us’ to involve disabled people's representatives in policy-making;
- Recognise the social model of disability in order to ensure that everyone will be able to benefit from jobs, homes, skills and other opportunities;
- Promote the ‘Access To Work’ scheme and ensure that apprenticeships and other initiatives for skills and employment are tailored to help people living with disabilities to achieve their potential;
- Appoint a disability equality policy adviser and a new forum for London Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations to feed into policy development, particularly housing, crime and transport;
‘Better access for all’: to review bus drivers training with the involvement of older and disabled people’s groups to address issues of poor driving and behaviour towards disabled people.
Read Sian's manifesto here
Zac Goldsmith, Conservatives
- ‘Universal Access’ for transport: review the step-free access programme in order to increase its number, making public transport accessible for everyone;
- Protect the ‘Freedom Pass’ and ‘Disabled Persons Freedom Pass’;
- Create and pilot new ‘Inclusive Apprenticeships’ by working closely with leading disability groups and to make Greater London Authority (GLA) the most inclusive employer in the UK;
- Ensure that the Metropolitan Police and other public bodies take a zero tolerance approach to hate crime;
Reaffirm the commitment to the London Plan which requires for all new housing to be built to ‘Lifetime Homes’ standards and for 10 percent of them to be wheelchair accessible.
Read Zac's manifesto here
Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrats
- Ensure that at least one pedestrian, cyclist, representative from disability groups and ordinary driver are represented on TfL’s project teams when plans are being drawn up for major infrastructure changes;
- Provide comprehensive information and training for staff who are marketing and selling new homes in order to match the needs of disabled people;
- Use the office of Mayor of London to help publicise campaigns with special attention to ensuring disabled people and their carers are aware of the benefits they are entitled, which often go unclaimed;
- Listen to and take seriously those affected by hate crimes in order to tackle it;
Deliver truly step free access from street level to the carriage.
Read Caroline's manifesto here
Sadiq Khan, Labour
Guarantee that the Freedom Pass and the TfL’s 60+ Oyster card are here to stay;
- Design the next fleet of buses with sufficient space for wheelchair users and to develop a more ambitious approach to step-free access in London Underground and TfL-run stations;
- Work closely with relevant charities and campaign groups in order to match the supply of and demand for accessible homes;
- Keep Dial-a-ride and Taxicard, which provide a better transport access for the ones living with limited access;
Committed to retaining the London Plan targets for all new homes to meet Lifetime Homes standards including the creation of 10 per cent of new homes to be wheelchair accessible.
Read Sadiq's manifesto here
Sophie Walker, Women's Equality Party
- Launch a competition in order to create and design better buses with the consultation of disabled people, older people, families and buggy users to create more space and reduce emission;
- Encourage all care providers to pay their employees at least at the living wage and make sure that equality training is on offer to support carers in turning their skills into a vocation;
- Direct the Metropolitan Police to adopt a strict zero-tolerance approach to hate crime;
- Create a new team in City Hall to lead on an economic fairness based on exemplary standards in pay and employment rights for workers which will seek to expand opportunities for disabled people to work and gain skills;
- Establish a London-wide register for accessible refuge spaces and find ways to increase the numbers of Independent Domestic Violence Advisors who work with disabled women.
Read Sophie's manifesto here