Chancellor Alistair Darling

(London, UK) Autism campaigners in the United Kingdom are appealing for an emergency package of help and support to help families with autism during the recession. The UK Autism Foundation, an autism charity, has appealed to Chancellor Alistair Darling to reach out to the vulnerable – parents, carers, children and adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome in his Pre Budget Report (PBR) released on Monday 24th November in the House of Commons in the Palace of Westminster.

Over 80 members of parliament have signed early day motion 2407 sponsored by the highly respected John Battle MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty backing the call of the UK Autism Foundation for the Chancellor Alistair Darling to support the vulnerable by increasing the tax credits, the disability living allowance and the carer’s allowance in the Budget.

The UK Autism Foundation has also called for house re-possessions to be stopped. The move has been supported by Baroness Uddin of Bethnal Green who urged the Chancellor to take active steps and provide guidelines to banks and building societies who were carrying out house re-possessions.

Support for the UKAF also came from the Patron, Lee Scott MP who recently spoke in a Housing Debate in the House of Commons about a family with autism in Redbridge – a bank was about to reposses their home and they had nowhere to go. The UK Autism Foundation had appealed tp Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Chancellor Alistair Darling to help parents, carers, children and adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome during the recession. ‘The suffering is very real’ said Ivan Corea of the UK Autism Foundation.

There are over 500,000 people with autism in the United Kingdom.

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