What is the All Party Parliamentary Group?
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on learning disability is a group of MPs (Members of Parliament) and Peers (members of the House of Lords) who meet to talk about the issues affecting people with a learning disability and their families.
The group meets around seven times a year, and guests include people with a learning disability, who come along to share their stories and experiences about learning disability issues. Government ministers also come along to listen to what people have to say!
Our APPG is chaired by Rt Hon Mark Harper MP. We support the group by helping to organise the meetings.
Do you want to make your voice heard?
We want people with a learning disability and their families and carers to come to APPG events. See our PDF easy read guide to APPGs.
If you would like more information or would like to come, please contact: Ismail.Kaji@mencap.org.uk
Who am I?
My name is Ismail Kaji. I am the Co-clerk for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Learning Disability (APPG), and the Parliamentary Support Officer at Mencap.
Why come to an APPG meeting?
It is important that people with a learning disability speak up for their rights and share their stories.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Learning Disability (APPG) meets to talk about important issues that affect people with a learning disability and their families.
The group meets and hears about a range of issues and talks about how things can be improved.
You can find out about future meetings by going to the link on the Mencap website.
Who else goes to the event?
Stakeholders and parliamentarians go to the meeting. Stakeholders are people or groups that are interested in learning disability issues.
Parliamentarians are people who work in the Houses of Parliament. For example MP’s.
How do you get there?
The APPG meeting is held at the Palace of Westminster.
The nearest Tube Station is Westminster Tube Station.
You need to queue up at the Cromwell Green Entrance.
It is marked as number 8 - here is a link to a map.
How do I get through security?
When you go to the APPG meeting you should give plenty of time before the meeting to get through security.
You will need to bring along a copy of your invite to show security.
Sometimes there can be a long queue through security because people have to follow security rules.
Security takes a photo of you and gives you a visitor pass.
You have to empty your pockets and put any bags and coats into a tray.
It needs to be checked by a special camera machine like at airports.
You sometime may be asked to show ID like your Passport that has a photo of you and your date of birth.
People with wheel chairs have to follow the same security process.
How do I find the right room?
You will need to ask where the committee room is for the APPG that you are going to.
It can be hard to find the room but there are lots of people around to help you, and answer questions.
Wheelchair users will be taken by a staff member in a lift that will take them to the committee room.
What usually happens at an APPG?
The person who will chair the meeting will open the meeting.
Rt Hon Mark Harper MP often chairs the meeting.
The speakers will then talk about the issue. Often Government Ministers attend. There are questions at the end of the meeting.
Stakeholders ask questions after the people who work in the Houses of Parliament.
We really like it when people with a learning disability get involved in asking questions.
How long does an APPG last?
The event usually lasts an hour but can sometimes be up to an hour and a half.
If you have any questions about these events or the easy read guide, please contact me on 0207 696 6952 or email@example.com
Upcoming meetings of the APPG
Access All Areas: Launch of Mencap’s new report on Apprenticeships
1st February, 15:00-16:00
This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss Mencap’s new report on increasing access to apprenticeships for people with a learning disability. It will also act as an opportunity to discuss more widely how we can bridge the disability employment gap for people with a learning disability. Speakers include the Minister for Skills, Alex Burghart MP, with other speakers TBC.
Latest APPG meeting notes
See our PDF easy read guide to the work of All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs).