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Issues surrounding disabilities needs to move 'up the political agenda', says Jersey campaigner

One campaigner in Jersey says the government needs a spokesperson to speak on behalf of people with disabilities within the States. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Issues surrounding disabilities need to move higher up the political agenda.

That is according to one campaigner in Jersey, who says the government needs a spokesperson to speak on behalf of people with disabilities within the States.

It comes after a survey was commissioned by ITV Channel Television to look at what life is like for islanders living with a disability.

It's got to come up the political agenda. It's a crazy situation in government at the moment where we haven't got, unlike Guernsey, a spokesman in the States who actually speaks on behalf of the disabled community, and more importantly at this moment in time, I haven't got a clue who from a Ministerial perspective is actually driving social policy, so who do you challenge? Who do you go to? It's a very difficult situation just at this moment.

– Jim Hopley, Jersey Disability Partnership

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Guernsey introduced its disability strategy in 2013. Five years on and only three of its 13 priorities are on track. The States is currently working on a new over-arching law similar to those in Ireland and Australia, to cover a range of areas including disability. If it all goes through, it should come into effect by 2020.

Jersey introduced its strategy last year. A full review will take place in 2022. Meanwhile, Jersey's discrimination laws changed this year, to include disability alongside other protected characteristics, such as gender or age.

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