Acquired Brain Injury – we need a plan!

Over a million people in this country live with the consequences of traumatic brain injury, at a cost to the economy of around £15 billion a year.

Chris Bryant, the MP for Rhondda  and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Acquired Brain Injury, is the sponsor of the Acquired Brain Injury Private Members’ Bill.

The Bill is calling for a comprehensive strategy to be implemented in order to meet the needs of adults and children with an acquired brain injury. This strategy, to be published no later than April 2023, aims to improve the provision of services by local authorities, NHS, Department for Education, Ministry of Defence, Prison Service, Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The Bill, which covers England and Wales, will have its second reading in the Chamber on Friday, 3 December 2021.

A coalition of organisations are working to support the bill. We need to ensure that as many MPs as possible formally support the bill. This will give it the greatest chance of moving to the next stage and becoming legislation.

You can help by asking your MP to support the bill. You can also ask your colleagues and contact to do the same.

We have provided some information and resources to help you as below.

Links & Downloads

Acquired Brain Injury Bill

Changes are currently being made to the wording of this bill. Please click below to read the Draft Acquired Brain Injury Bill.

Download Draft Bill

Template Letter/Email for MPs

You can use the template letter to send to your MP by post or email. If you choose to use your own please make sure you include your name and full address (this applies to emails as well as letters)

Download Letter Template

List of MPs who have confirmed their support

Please follow the link below to a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, which is undersigned by over 200 MPs individuals and organisations

Please click here to download

Social Media Postcard

Please feel free to use these social media graphics to accompany your posts about the ABI Bill. You may like to use some of the following tweets:

We are supporting @RhonddaBryant with his #BrainInjuryBill on 3 December. We need a plan for Acquired Brain Injury to meet the needs of adults and children with an #ABI #iBacktheABIBill
On 3 December @RhonddaBryant has the second reading of his #BrainInjuryBill. We need a plan for Acquired Brain Injury – let’s get support for all with an #ABI #iBacktheABIBill

Social Media Frame

You can add these frames to your twitter and facebook profiles.

To add to your facebook profile go to

https://developers.facebook.com/products/frame-studio/

then follow the link to (Manage Frames >) in the top blue block
– this will take you to the Facebook account you want to log in on.

Supporting Organisations

FAQs

What is a Private Members Bill?

Private Members’ bills are public bills introduced by MPs and Lords who are not government ministers. As with other public bills their purpose is to change the law as it applies to the general population. For further information please refer to this website: Private Members’ bills – UK Parliament

How does an MP support the Bill

  1. Get in touch with Chris Bryant MP to confirm their support for the Bill and receive further details about the campaign.
  2. Write to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid MP, asking the government to support the bill.
  3. Tweet / Facebook / Instagram their support for the bill using #IBacktheABIBill.

What else can I do to support?

Supporters of the bill can get in touch with their MP asking them to write to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid MP, to ask the government to support the bill. All supporters of the bill can use the resources on this page to take action to support the bill.

what MPs can do?

  1. Get in touch with Chris Bryant MP to confirm their support for the Bill and receive further details about the campaign.
  2. Write to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid MP, asking the government to support the bill.
  3. Tweet / Facebook / Instagram their support for the bill using #IBacktheABIBill.
  4. Be present in the House of Commons on 3 December to vote to send the Bill into committee

How do I contact Chris Bryant’s office?

If you would like to get in touch with Chris Bryant MP directly, please contact him at chris.bryant.mp@parliament.uk and Chris’ team will be in touch.

Any questions, please email: info@UKABIF.org.uk