SWINDON Council has adopted a new charter to show its commitment to helping people with Motor Neurone Disease.

The Motor Neurone Disease Association approached the Labour Group and asked them to put forward a motion to adopt the charity’s new charter.

It recognises the rights of sufferers and means the council is committed to helping them get an early diagnosis and treatment.

Councillor Ray Ballman (Lab, Gorse Hill and Pinehurst) said: “This Council recognises that it has a role to play in supporting sufferers of this condition whether it be from its adult social care services, housing adaptations or support for carers and believes that by supporting and signing this charter, it shows Council’s commitments to supporting sufferers of this disease.”

There are five points to the charter which include commitments about diagnosis, treatment and care, as well as ensuring assistance and help for carers of those with the life-changing illness.

The motion was passed comfortably, with supporters on all sides of the chamber.