Prime Minister David Cameron

(London, UK) Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron has been asked to keep his promise to protect the vulnerable from the cuts to public services. The UK Autism Foundation has launched a ‘Keep The Promise Autism Awareness Campaign’ urging the Coalition Government to help and support parents, carers, children and adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

David Cameron speaking to the electorate before Britain went to the polls in the General Election of 2010 said:’We will always protect the elderly, the frail, the vulnerable, the disadvantaged. That’s the sort of person I am and the sort of Prime Minister I would be, and I want people to know that.’ The UK Autism Foundation has now called on David Cameron to keep his promise that he will shield the vulnerable from any cuts to education, health, specialist speech therapy and respite care.

UKAF has urged people in Britain to write to Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley and Education Secretary Michael Gove backing UKAF’s ‘Keep The Promise Autism Awareness Campaign’ and urge the British Government to launch -

* An autism strategy for children
* An autism strategy for the elderly
* A new Autism Stakeholders Group – so there could be genuine and real partnership working with small, medium, large charities and Ministers with HM Government where everyone will feel they are equal at the top table.
* Permanent increases in the disability living allowance, the carer’s allwance, child benefit and tax credits for the Autism Community. Many carers are working over 70 hours a week and get a pitiful 72 pence an hour – this is way below a minimum wage. Autism is a 24 hour job and carers need more than 72 pence an hour.
* UKAF is calling for state funded autism schools and Autism Academies so that all children and young people with autism will have equality of opportunity. UKAF is calling for all avenues to be open – mainstream, special schools and specialist autism schools.
*UKAF is urging Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to reach out and help poor families with autism who are struggling to cope with life during this recession. UKAF has urged the Government to protect the vulnerable from the cuts to Public Services.

There are over 500,000 people with autism in Britain. Many still struggle to access public services. Ivan Corea of UKAF said: ‘There is still a great deal of unfinished business on autism.’

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