There is no 'disability vote'

I was interviewed a couple of weeks ago by Ian Hamilton, for a programme covering issues on disability in the referendum, or the lack of them.  It was broadcast as “The Investigation: One million vote”.  As the programme went out on Radio Scotland  yesterday morning at 5 am, I doubt you’ll have heard it, but it’s on iplayer for the week.  Ian was asking whether the referendum would be swayed by the concerns of people with disabilities.  I expressed doubts about that:  as fully three-quarters of people with disabilities don’t identify themselves as being disabled, it’s hard to mobilise people around the issues.  There is no ‘disability vote’.  But disability should be seen as a central issue in social protection; many of us will be touched by disability,  whether we become disabled ourselves or whether it will be someone we care for.

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