Cross Party Group

Disability - Fifth Senedd


Cross-party Group on Disability


Purpose: To address key pan-impairment disability equality issues including implementation of the Social Model of Disability and the right to Independent Living.

The Cross Party Group on Disability was re-established in 2016 and is chaired by Mark Isherwood AM. The Group consists of Assembly Members from some of the main political parties and members of the Wales Disability Reference Group, which consists of umbrella bodies in Wales that represent the interests of disabled people.

The Group aims to raise awareness of key pan-impairment disability issues and to promote disables people’s concerns. The Group will not take on case work but will signpost enquirers as appropriate.

The main themes that the CPGD will address are:

        The Social Model of Disability

        The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

        The Welsh Government’s Framework for Action on Independent Living. – Plan for a review

        Employment strategy

        Impact in social, economic, political, policy and legislation on disabled people in Wales and the UK

        The impact of EU withdrawal on disabled people in Wales

        Welfare reform

Meetings are held quarterly, including one which will be organised as an ‘open’ meeting.

The secretariat is provided by Learning Disability Wales on behalf of the Wales Disability Reference Group, whose member organisations are:

Disability Wales, Learning Disability Wales, Mind Cymru, Vision in Wales, Wales Council for Deaf People.





Chair: Mark Isherwood


Secretary: Zoe Richards, Learning Disability Wales


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Cross-Party Group Documentation:


Minutes of previous meetings


Annual Reports and Financial Statements







Contact information

Zoe Richards

Phone: 02920 681160


  • Mark Isherwood MS
  • Lynne Neagle MS
  • Michelle Brown MS
  • Siân Gwenllian MS
  • Rhian Davies - Disability Wales
  • Jim Crowe - Learning Disability Wales
  • Sara Mosely - Mind Cymru
  • Owen Williams - Vision in Wales
  • Patrick McNamara - Wales Council for Deaf People
  • Zoe Richards - Learning Disability Wales
  • Rebecca Phillips - Wales Council of the Blind