- 2010 National Disabled Members' Conference
- 8 July 2010
Conference notes with deep concern the extent black people experience common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Regrettably the recent government announcement on the future of Disability Living Allowance and the welfare system could lead to significant mental illness as the majority of disabled
Black people remain socially deprived and economically disadvantaged. It is a common view that most would not seek help for fear of being stigmatised or discriminated against, also that most of these people are not aware of how to access help as resources are scarce and limited.
The economic focus for the future should be to improve the economic and social wellbeing of Black people. For example it is estimated that 10,000 planners will be needed by 2012 to help fund sustainable ways to meet housing needs – Black people are on the lowest rung of the ladder within the housing market and their position can only get worse.
This Conference calls upon the National Disabled Members Committee to work with the National Executive Council and appropriate structures within UNISON to monitor and draw attention to Government and Ministers our concerns about the proposals in the ConDem Emergency budget, and in particular the socio economic disadvantage black people must surmount.