DISABILITY minister Esther McVey popped in to the All Together NOW! offices – and praised the support the charity receives from the its sponsors and partners which comprise The Bank Workers Charity, Liverpool Community Health, Liverpool Community College, Merseytravel, The Morgan Foundation, Park Group, and United Utilities.

“It is really excellent that these organisations are supporting such a valuable charity newspaper,” she said.

The Wirral West MP is a big fan of the free disability-focused paper that has a readership of almost half a million across the North West.

“All Together NOW! is a terrific paper that’s helping so many people,” she said.

“It is a fantastic brand, trusted by its ever-growing army of readers, and apart from the help and inspiration it gives to families affected by disability it is also raising significant general awareness about the everyday issues that people face in the UK.”

Since taking up her position as Minister for Disabled People last September, Ms McVey has been embroiled in rows over the Government’s welfare reform programme and the closure of Remploy factories that provided jobs for disabled people.

“We are facing very tough times,” she said, “but we want to ensure that our support targets the people who are most in need.

“Our new proposals for the Access to Work scheme now helps disabled people to set up their own businesses, and we are also looking at other ways of supporting disabled people into work.”