All-Party Parliamentary Group for Disability

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Disability. Strengthening the links between parliament and the disability sector

About the APPG

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Disability is a cross-party group of members of parliament from both the commons and the lords. Focusing on the issues that affect all disabled people regardless of their disability, impairment, or health condition. Founded in 1969 it has since become one of the largest and most active All Party Groups.

The APPG for Disability calls on the experience and expertise of the disabled community to take leadership and control in developing policy: across society, organisations, and exercising choice in every aspect of our own lives.

The APPG for Disability provides a valuable opportunity for parliamentarians to engage with individuals and organisations outside parliament who share an interest in disability related issues.

Find out how you can contribute your experiences, ideas, and questions to members of the APPG for Disability

At times when Parliament is dissolved (pending a General Election), APPGs do not technically exist. Following General Elections, they are re-established and inaugural meetings of the 'new' APPG are held during the new Parliamentary term. As such, DRUK ceases to conduct all APPG work during times of Parliamentary dissolution.


Disability Rights UK provides the Secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Disability

We are disabled people leading change. Over 90% of our board members and many of our colleagues identify as disabled people. We work with over 1000 members (both organisations around the UK and individuals), policy makers, journalists, businesses, and government - to include disabled people at the forefront of policy development and decision-making.

When disabled people participate everyone benefits.

Disability Rights UK works to create a society where everyone with lived experience of disability, health condition, or impairment, can participate fully as equal citizens. We view participation in all areas of society and life as a fundamental right.

The role of Secretariat is provided by Fazilet Hadi, Head of of Policy - email


Contribute to the APPG for Disability

  • Organisations, Charities, Volunteer Groups
  • Other All Party Parliamentary Groups
  • Individuals
  • Research Projects 

There are many other APPGs that deal with specific conditions or cross over into disability relevant areas such as the APPG for Carers.


The Disability Project – A parliamentary mentoring programme

Representation in Politics is important.

The APPG on Disability is keen to support those interested in a career in Politics. If you wish to receive information about an accessible parliamentary mentoring programme, please contact Roberta Kirosingh, quoting “The Disability Project”, at



The next All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Disability will be held jointly with the APPG on Fire Safety from 2-3pm on Monday 12 July. 

The meeting will highlight the importance of the Government’s consultation on Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans for Disabled residents unable to self-evacuate from buildings. 

The meeting will cover the government’s key proposals and have input from Disabled residents, as  to how the proposals need to be strengthened. The consultation closes on 19 July and it is vital that the views of Disabled People are heard (see next story below).

To attend the meeting, email with ‘RSVP’ in the subject line.


Previous meetings

10-11.30am Tuesday 25 May on the topic: Out and About. Nearly four years since the publication of the Inclusive Transport strategy, the APPG on Disability met to discuss getting 'out and about' focusing on issues surrounding transport, streets and our wider environment. 

10-11am Tuesday 20 April 2021 on the topic: where next for disabled people’s employment? Proposals for reform in the National Strategy for Disabled People. Chaired by the Vice-Chair, Lord Shinkwin.

3-4pm Tuesday 24 November 2020 with Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister for Disabled People; Vicky Foxcroft MP, Shadow Minister for Disabled People; Dame Cheryl Gillan, Chair of the APPG for Autism; Rebecca Hilsenrath, CEO of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and a Special Guest speaker from the UN Committee on Rights of Disabled Persons. 

2pm-3pm 29 September 2020 webinar looking at the impacts of Coronavirus on disabled people and welfare-related deaths. The APPG will be chaired by former Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and current MP, Debbie Abrahams. 

1pm-2pm 25 June 2020 webinar on technology.

2pm-3pm 9 July 2020 joint webinar with the APPG for Education on higher education.

1pm-2pm 21 May 2020: event hosted by APPG for Disability chair Lisa Cameron MP (online meeting)

Entrepreneurship in the time of Coronavirus


List of APPGs

A full list of registered All Party Parliamentary Groups can be found here:

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