The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society has been invited to the House of Commons to share the views of people affected by MS as part of their inquiry into the future of the system of social care.
Stuart Nixon, a UK trustee of the MS Society who also has MS himself, gave evidence to the committee, noting current failings of the social care system and underlining the need for services to promote the inclusion of disabled people in public affairs.
He added that greater understanding of MS and other long-term and fluctuating conditions is necessary for healthcare professionals and assessors of benefits.
Mr Nixon said of the situation: "Access to the right social care can make an enormous difference to a person's quality of life. It can help them remain in employment, plan for the future and look after their family without putting undue strain on the people around them."
He added that most crucially, it offers a sense of independence, highlighting that an easy to navigate, flexible and free system is necessary in delivering this.
Due to demand for tickets to attend the MS Society Awards, the charity has announced that the deadline has been extended to Friday December 11th.