ParalympicsGB and its partners across the UK’s sport and activity community have urged the UK Government to reconsider its decision to remove the role of a dedicated Minister of State for Disabled People in an open letter to the Prime Minister.
This year will see Paris host the Paralympic Games from 28 August to 8 September; which will shine a spotlight on sport and disability and promote inclusion.
In December 2023, the UK Government announced that the role of a dedicated minister for disabled people would be merged with a junior ministerial role in the Department for Work and Pensions.
A total of 57 organisations from across the sport and activity sector, including Archery GB, have come together to express their concern at the government’s decision which gives the message that 24% of the population (16 million people) are not a government priority.
Recognising that sport is a powerful platform for driving positive social change, ParalympicsGB and its partners have called for the national pride we have in Paralympic sport to be reflected in the government’s priorities.
ParalympicsGB Chief Executive, David Clarke, said: "As we enter this Paralympic year, the government has a unique opportunity to deliver on promises within their disability and sport strategies. There is the chance to shine a spotlight on disability sport to help promote equal opportunities for disabled people across our society.
"The lack of a senior role within government sends the message to the 16 million disabled people in this country that they do not have a voice at the top level of government. It is so important that disabled people are valued for the important role that they play across our society.
"That is why we and our partners from across the system are urging the government to reverse its decision and ensure that there is representation at the very top so we can work towards achieving equality for disabled people in this country."