Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has called for Staffordshire County Council to act on delivering housing needs for people with disabilities in South Staffordshire.
Gavin has raised the issue with Chief Executive of Staffordshire County Council, John Henderson, in relation to the challenges that people who suffer with motor neurone disease face on a day-to-day basis.
Motor neurone disease is a progressive terminal illness that can affect an individual’s ability to walk, talk, eat, drink, and breathe. Around a third of people die within the first year of their diagnosis and more than half die within the first two years. As such, people with motor neurone disease require quick access to home adaptations to meet the complex and challenging needs as the disease progresses.
Gavin has continuously fought for further help for healthcare provisions on motor neurone disease as he was the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on MND in 2011.
The Motor Neurone Association published a report in 2019, called Act to Adapt found that 25% of respondents faced major challenges around the length of time it took for the adaptions to occur.
Speaking of the call, Gavin said: “It’s extremely important that we can do everything we can for people who are suffering with motor neurone disease and other disabilities here in South Staffordshire. I will continue to campaign and raise this issue with Staffordshire County Council to see how best provisions can be used.”