Virginia Crosbie urges Welsh Government to copy proposed English Down Syndrome legislation

Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie today urged the Welsh Government to consider copying proposed English legislation placing a duty on local authorities to look after the needs of people with Down Syndrome.

The landmark Private Members Down Syndrome Bill has received UK Government support and will have its second reading in parliament this Friday.

Virginia met up with The National Down Syndrome Policy Group (NDSPG) to find out more about the bill and show her support.

It aims to place a duty on English local authorities to assess the likely social care needs of persons with Down Syndrome and plan provision to help support them.

“People with Down Syndrome in all the nations face significant challenges across all stages of life and I really welcome this legislation,” said Virginia.

“It is the right approach for the UK Government to consider how to help make sure their specific needs are recognised and considered.

“Health is devolved in Wales but I very much hope the Welsh Government looks closely at this legislation and looks to replicate it in some form so that Welsh people who have Down Syndrome can expect the same help and support as those in England.”

The Down Syndrome Bill will require the Secretary of State to publish guidance to public bodies to ensure that they are clear on how they should meet the needs of people with Down Syndrome.

It will set out best practice across health, education, social care and housing, giving practical advice on how the appropriate steps can be taken to meet the needs of those with Down Syndrome when planning, designing and delivering services.

The Government will consult widely on the proposed guidance, ensuring the voices of those with Down Syndrome, their families and carers are heard, and that the guidance is fit for purpose.

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