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01 April 2016

MP vows to 'better address' epilepsy

The new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Stephen Crabb has promised to look at improving support for people with epilepsy.

Mr Crabb assumed the post after his predecessor, Iain Duncan Smith, resigned in March  over the government’s planned cuts to disability benefits.

Mr Crabb made the comments in the House of Commons in response to a written parliamentary question from Suella Fernandes, MP for Fareham.

Ms Fernandes welcomed the minister to his new post and asked: " In Fareham, I have been working with local residents to set up a support group for sufferers of epilepsy. More than 600,000 people in the country have that condition, yet many of them still encounter insensitivity and prejudice in society. What steps are the Government taking to raise awareness in schools and the workplace, so that that stigma is smashed?"

Mr Crabb responded, saying: " Through her work in this place my hon. Friend is a powerful voice on behalf of many vulnerable groups. Epilepsy is an issue close to her heart and those of other hon. Members, and I look forward to discussing with them how we can better address that issue and support people with epilepsy."