Baroness Pola Uddin

(Westminster, UK) A leading peer from the House of Lords, Baroness Pola  Uddin called on Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Secretary of State for Children, Ed Balls to set up an Autism Taskforce to look into the serious issues concerning parents, carers and people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Peers also called for the taskforce to be more representative and to cast their net wide and work with parents groups, community groups, the voluntary sector, charities and other government departments. Parents groups claim this is currently not happening in the UK.
Lady Uddin also said she fully supports the call of Ivan Corea, head of the Autism Awareness Campaign UK for a national strategy on autism and a 10 year plan of action on autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Support for an Autism Taskforce also came from MPs in the House of Commons who signed an early day motion – EDM 705 tabled by Harry Cohen MP. Parliamentarians of all parties are now asking Children’s Secretary Ed Balls to come up with a long term autism strategy. Questions about the delay for such a strategy for England were also raised by peers in the House of Lords who said that there strategies in place in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

Wednesday 16th January was a ‘Day for Autism’ in Parliament, called for by the Autism Awareness Campaign UK- it resulted in MPs and Peers raising the profile of autism in the Palace of Westminster.
Lee Scott MP who has been championing the cause of autism in parliament, presented his Autism Bill – there were many MPs from all parties present to support him and parents, carers and people on the autism spectrum. His bill was passed unopposed onto the second reading in May.

Secretary of State Ed Balls, addressed the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism in Westminster – the committee room was packed with concerned parents and people with Asperger’s Syndrome who raised many issues.

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