Plaid AM will press First Minister to back Commissioner for the Disabled
South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle will press the First Minister in creating a Commissioner for the Disabled in Wales.
Mr Whittle, Plaid Cymru’s spokesperson on equalities, is due to raise the issue in the Senedd on Tuesday.
He said: “The Paralympics brought disabled people into focus as never before. There was enormous support and goodwill for the UK’s Paralympians, including our Welsh athletes, and we need to build on that.
“Politicians have been basking in the glory of the Paralympics and Olympics. Now, the Welsh Government needs to act and support the early establishment of a Commissioner to look after the interests of disabled people in Wales.
“I first raised this idea a year ago and it’s time progress was made. I hope Carwyn Jones will give a firm commitment next Tuesday to a post of Commissioner for the Disabled following the successful establishment of the Children’s and Older Person’s Commissioners.”
One of Mr Whittle’s staff attended a meeting last week with Shelter Cymru when the issue of hate crime against disabled people was among several raised.
Figures from the Association of Chief Police Officers show that there were 123 reported cases of disability hate crime with 73 cases in South Wales, 32 in North Wales and nine each in Gwent and Dyfed Powys. It is estimated that the hate crime is under-reported by between 50% and 70%.
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