John Batlle MP

(Westminster, UK) Over sixty members of parliament of all parties have signed an early day motion now before the House of Commons in Parliament, urging Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling to increase tax credits, the disability living allowance and the carer’s allowance in order to help families with autism who are below the poverty line, during the present financial crisis.

Early day motion 2407 is enjoying huge support in the House of Commons. The motion was tabled by the highly respected parliamentarian John Battle MP(Leeds West) who is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty. Mr.Battle has campaigned solidly to end child poverty in the UK. EDM 2407 was tabled in parliament in support of the ‘Poverty and Autism’ initiative launched by the autism charity, the UK Autism Foundation. The UK Autism Foundation is appealing to Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Chancellor Alistair Darling to come to the aid of the vulnerable during the econmic downturn and the present credit crunch. The looming recession has placed enormous burdens on families with autism. Many will be in fuel poverty this winter.

Ivan Corea said: ‘John Battle’s early day motion supporting the ‘Poverty and Autism’ initiative highlights the desperate needs of the vulnerable and the marginalised. The UK Autism Foundation is committed to the poor. Many are suffering as a result of the economic downturn. We are asking the Prime Minister and the Chancellor to come up with a package to support the vulnerable where families with autism are concerned. They will need short term support and long term support during the recession.’

Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder, over 500,000 people in the United Kingdom are on the autism spectrum. According to UK researchers 1 in 100 children are on the spectrum.

Baroness Uddin of Bethnal Green who has campaigned since the 1970s on poverty in the East End of London called on the Prime Minister to stop re-possessions of homes belonging to families with autism. ‘Where will they go if their homes are re-possessed?’ asked the Baroness.Lady Uddin is aiming to bring the ‘Poverty and Autism’ issue before the House of Lords.

To view the early day motion supporting the UK Autism Foundation’s ‘Poverty and Autism’ initiative:
http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=36799&SESSION=891

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