I have long argued that notice of the availability of the Access to Work scheme ought to feature on our money and stamps.Everyone uses them and every day. It’s the mass marketing campaign the Government is already investing in so why not ensure that it has a social impact. Access to Work would no longer be the Government’s best kept secret.
Fanciful? Well no! last month the chancellor George Osborne initiated a competition to design a new pound coin. It’s a competition everyone can enter. There are of course rules and these can be viewed via the Royal Mint’s website. Designs need to be submitted by October 30th.
The chancellor invited people to think about the qualities of Britishness. He may have been thinking of our quirky nature, our sense of humour, our love of standards and outrage at double standards, our gift for non-conformity but I prefer to think about the resilience of disabled people. I shall be entering the competition myself and would encourage readers of our website to so too.
Philip J Connolly, Disability Rights UK Policy and Communications Manager.