Kingston Council has appointed its first ever disability champion to mark International Day of Disabled Persons, which falls on December 3.

The appointment of Councillor Christine Stuart as disability champion for Kingston will be confirmed at full council on December 11.

Councillor Christine Stuart has agreed to take on the role, which involves being an advocate for children, young people and adults with disabilities who live in the borough.

The Chessington South councillor said: “It is an honour having been chosen to champion this cause.

“I understand the many challenges that those with disabilities and their families face, and I believe it is our responsibility to make sure that they have a say in decisions which affect them.

“People with disabilities, their families and carers will benefit from more flexible, integrated and responsive services, empowering people to remain as independent as possible by accessing the right level and type of support when they need it.”

Councillor Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council, said: “Thank you to everyone who contributed to creating this strategy. Together we have created a vision for the future. Now working together, we must all deliver the vision.

“Councillor Stuart will be working with our disabled communities and relevant local groups to further understand the needs and ensure that their voices are represented in how we shape services.”