She commented on the Parliament's ability to hold council officers and other professionals to account, "Words are not what cuts it with a People's Parliament, actions mean much more. You will be pinned down by the MPs and they will check up on you to make sure you are doing what you said you would.""The Parliament is a powerful vehicle to enrich the lives of people with learning disabilities in Dudley."
Ian will be working with the People's Parliament over the autumn, training them in what it means to be an MP and arranging for them to visit Westminster and shadow him in his role as a national MP."People with learning disabilities are the Experts: they don't want things done to them, they want to do things for themselves. That's why its important they are in the driving seat as MPs in this Parliament."
Changing Our Lives have established successful People's Parliaments in Sandwell and Wolverhampton made up of MPs who have learning disabilities. It's a proven way local people can have a powerful voice to help change policy and services.
With funding through the Employment Support Funding from the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority (SHA) we are now supporting adults with learning disabilities in Dudley to set up and run their own Parliament. The Parliament will not only focus on creation of employment by mainstream employers (via existing employment support services) but will also ensure that local health bodies and Councils employ people via job carving and develop an accessible recruitment process to put people with learning disabilities on a level playing field with everyone else. The first Parliament will sit on 30th July at Dudley Council Chambers.