The letter (13 September) from John McArdle and Dr Stephen Carty of the Black Triangle Campaign attacked Unum’s reputation. At Unum we are proud of the work we do to protect the income of and provide support to people with long-term illnesses or injuries that prevent them from working. The financial protection we offer continues until they either recover and are able to return to work, or until they reach retirement. We also offer rehabilitation support to those returning to work after a long-term illness. Unum is committed to improving the understanding of the factors that influence health, illness, recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration. That’s why we took part in the International Forum on Disability Management at Imperial College London. We work hard to protect the incomes of more than 1.9 million people in the UK. We are proud to have paid out more than £5m a week in benefits to our customers last year.
Chief marketing officer, Unum UK
•?Lack of representation of disabled people in the House of Commons (Disabled people need a voice in parliament, 12 September) and at cabinet level offers a very good illustration of the shortcomings of recent proposals to reform the House of Lords. White middle-aged males dominate both houses, but in the upper house the appointments system has been used to some effect in helping to redress the balance and increase the franchise for neglected minority groups. As reference to Hansard over the past two years will show, I and disabled colleagues who are life peers take very seriously our “mandate” to promote and defend the rights of disabled people, and our voices are heard. While the Lords is clearly in need of reform and downsizing, proposals for a directly elected chamber will worsen the representation of the 11 million disabled people in this country.
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