Chancellor Alistair Darling

(London, UK) Wednesday 22nd April 2009 sees the British Chancellor Alistair Darling introducing his second budget in the House of Commons in the Palace of Westminster. The Chancellor of the Exchequer is presenting the budget during what is a traumatic time in the money markets, amidst a global recession.

Autism campaigners in the United Kingdom are lobbying the Chancellor, urging him not to forget the poor in the April 2009 Budget.

The UK Autism Foundation, a London based charity has appealed to Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Chancellor Alistair Darling to reach out to parents, carers and families with autism who are below the poverty line by increasing the tax credits, the disability living allowance and the carer’s allowance in the April 2009 Budget.

Ivan Corea said: ‘The April 22nd Budget is absolutely crucial. We are urging Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Chancellor Alistair Darling to help parents, carers, children and adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Life is extremely hard for many families who are suffering as a result of the economic downturn and the recession. UKAF is calling for Chancellor Darling to increase the tax credits, the disability living allowance and the carer’s allowance on 22nd of April. He must help the poor. The economic crisis is having a crippling effect on families with autism who are below the poverty line.’

Recently Prime Minister Gordon Brown wrote for the first time on issue of autism. Writing from 10 Downing Street the Prime Minister shared his Autism Plan with the UK Autism Foundation. Gordon Brown told UKAF: ‘ We are determined that people with autism and their families get the support they need and deserve, and know that without it the condition can have a devastating impact. ‘

The Care Services Minister, Phil Hope MP (Department of Health) told UKAF that he wants to support parents, carers and people with autism. The UK Autism Foundation has urged Chancellor Alistair Darling to genuinely help the poor, particularly during the economic crisis and the recession. All eyes are now on Alistair Darling’s budget.

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