The Chancellor’s Budget is a hugely important part of British politics, but is one of the most complicated and difficult to understand.

So, the team behind Easy News has produced a special edition of the magazine that summarises the main points of the announcement.

Available in PDF format, the Budget Special outlines the reduction of the deficit, the introduction of the National Living Wage and changes to tax credits, as well as other key points.

Download the 2015 Easy News Budget Special

Just like every issue of Easy News, this special has been translated by UR Consultants, a group of people with learning disabilities and autism supported by United Response, who attended an editorial meeting to decide on the most important parts of the Chancellor’s speech before producing easy words and accompanying pictures to go alongside the text.

This latest special follows on from previous one-off editions which have focused on the European elections and on the political parties’ manifestos ahead of the General Election, which highlighted the work of our Every Vote Counts campaign.

Easy News: opening up the political debate

Created to make politics more accessible to the 1.5 million people with learning disabilities in the UK, Every Vote Counts aimed to open up national debate by offering easy read information on current affairs in the hope of empowering disabled people and other disenfranchised groups to learn more about the democratic process and how it affects our everyday lives.

As part of the campaign, we published a set of easy read resources to explain the voting process and how politics works, and also produced a dedicated easy read website that provided advice to supporters and politicians on how to ensure that people with learning disabilities are given the opportunity to learn more about politics.

Results from a survey published this week of people we support shows that 43 per cent of people with learning disabilities voted at the General Election in May – a 10 per cent increase on the numbers that voted in 2010.

71 per cent of the survey respondents found the easy read booklets helpful with a further 33 per cent visiting the Every Vote Counts website.

The Budget Special 2015: unbiased and accessible

The Budget Special seeks to build on this and simplify the complex language used, which can at times alienate people with learning disabilities and many others. As the debate over welfare cuts and changes to tax credits heats up among the political parties, we hope that Easy News readers will feel they have enough information to form their own opinions and get involved in conversations around how the changes will affect them.

Diane Lightfoot, director of policy and communications, said:

“We know that readers of Easy News are becoming increasingly interested in the finer details of politics and so we wanted to publish a special edition that gave them all the main points from George Osborne’s Budget.

“The information is, as ever, presented in an unbiased way using an accessible format. We know that disabled people are disproportionately affected by spending policy changes, and we want to present our readers with a jargon-free summary to help them learn more about what these changes are and what they mean.”
Download the 2015 Easy News Budget Special

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Gemma Taylor, media assistant.