Changing Britain to be a fairer place for disabled people is a big ask. We can’t convince everyone straight away; we need to start somewhere.
One of the things we know is that more than any other age, younger people tend to be against benefits for disabled people. Benefits are by no means the whole story, but disabled people tell us that they feel the benefit scrounger narrative is a big part of negative attitudes towards them. Why do young people feel this way about giving people support?
Younger people mistrust politics more than ever before, and they are less likely to vote, so do they really hold sway with politicians? Is it a lost cause because no-on listens to young people?
On the flipside, take the word “politics” out and young people can be a passionate, energised force for change. Many young people are involved in issues from the environment to human rights – could they be a big part of the solution on disability issues, too?
We’re inspired by what young people are doing, from young disabled people’s groups like the Trailblazers to (often younger) Oxjam organisers around the country putting on gigs for a cause. They’ve got time, energy and enthusiasm and they are the next generation who will run this country.
How important do you think young people are for our campaign? What role could they want to play?