Let’s Talk About Money

Learning Disability England and Manchester Metropolitan University invite you to join us at Let’s Talk About Money.

Tuesday 23rd May, 10:30-15:00
Lecture Theatre 3
Geoffrey Manton building
Manchester Metropolitan University

On 23rd May, MetroPolis, Manchester Met’s new research-led think tank, and Learning Disability England will be bringing together self-advocates, family members and organisations to think and talk about money.

A pile of pound coins and a calendar

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities says that governments should make sure that disabled citizens have enough money to access healthcare, homes and jobs, allowing them to be full members of their communities.

In 2009, the UK government signed up to this Convention. Their “ambition is to remove barriers to create opportunities for disabled people to fulfil their potential and be fully participating members of society.”[1]

After meeting over 200 individuals, MPs, activists and academics in October 2015, the United Nations inquiry team reported that the Austerity measures brought in by the Coalition Government had violated the human rights of disabled people within the UK.

“It’s important for us to talk about money and people with learning disabilities because money is what you need to have a stable life. Money makes the world go round. I hope that people will join us on 7th April and together we can start to make change for the better.”
Gary Bourlet, Co-Founder of Learning Disability England.

Speakers include:

Gary Bourlet, Co-Founder of Learning Disability England.

Neil Crowther, independent expert on equality and human rights with a particular interest in working to secure the rights of disabled people. Neil provides bespoke services to a wide range of clients in the UK and internationally.

Professor Katherine Runswick-Cole, Professor of Critical Disability Studies & Psychology. Katherine’s research has focused on the lives of disabled children, young people, their families and allies, and more recently her work has focused on the lives of people labelled with learning disabilities in a time of austerity.

This event will discuss what the report said and find out what the experiences of people with learning disabilities are.

The event will also address:

  • Whether there is enough money for people to live good lives in their communities and to take part as equal citizens.
  • And whether LDE’s members with learning disabilities are having funding cut to for the help they need, including benefits, housing and speaking up.

The event will be used to create a response to the UK government, on the UN report, and their reaction to this.

This event is for self-advocates and people from organisations, with half the spaces reserved for people with learning disabilities and family members.

To book a place, please e-mail Mariana Ortiz (mariana.ortiz@LDEngland.org.uk).


If you have any other questions about the event, please contact mcrmetropolis@mmu.ac.uk.


[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/345120/uk-initial-report.pdf