We want everyone elected to Parliament during this snap general election to understand and prioritise the needs of people affected by Parkinson's.
That's why it's important we make contact with candidates standing in constituencies across the UK to get Parkinson's on their agenda.
- Register to vote. The deadline for registering is Monday 22 May.
- Email your local candidates and ask if they will take action on one of our key national campaigns if elected.
- Attend local hustings meetings and ask candidates about one of our key issues below. You can let us know their responses by emailing [email protected].
- Sign this open letter asking party leaders to protect disability benefits.
Our key issues
Protecting research in the Brexit deal
We want to make sure the UK keeps its vital life science partnerships with the EU to help find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson's.
Safeguarding disability benefits
Disability benefits are a lifeline for people with Parkinson's. But tougher eligibility rules and smaller benefits payments mean that many people struggle to cover the costs associated with the condition or being unable to work.
It only takes 5 minutes to send an email to your candidate. It will help us to identify who we can approach in the new Parliament to support our work.
Laura Cockram, Head of Policy and Campaigning
One of our supporters shared their experience of trying to access disability support:
"I found the whole process of being reassessed from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment extremely stressful and so has my wife.
"We feel that we are being 'criminalised' and the change has reduced our income by over £340 each month."
Improving mental health services for people with Parkinson's
Mental health problems are common in people with Parkinson's, yet they often go undiagnosed and untreated, leaving people without the support they need.
Julia, who has Parkinson's, shared her experience:
"In the past I have specifically asked my consultant for psychological support...I was told nothing was available. I feel that mental health is often simply seen as an add on – people perceive Parkinson's only as a movement disorder.
"Psychologically it has huge repercussions and implications, with depression and anxiety often going hand in hand with the condition. Yet too often mental health needs aren't being addressed."
After the election
Once the election takes place on 8 June we'll get in touch with all MPs to welcome them to Parliament, brief them on key issues and invite them to join the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Parkinson's.