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Mark Atkinson

Chief Executive of disability charity Scope

Mark is Chief Executive of disability charity Scope. He joined the charity in October 2013 as Director of External Affairs and was appointed CEO in October 2015.

Prior to Scope, Mark worked for Ambitious about Autism, the national charity for children and young people with autism, supporting the development of new services and advocacy on autism education.

He has worked in senior roles across policy, communications and strategy for the Local Government Association, Citizens Advice and Youth Sport Trust. Mark started his career as Vice President of the National Union of Students.

Have You Ever Felt Lonely?

Scope talked to disabled people like Carly, a 35-year-old woman with autism, who often feels isolated. Carly said she sometimes feels she's watching life go by as a spectator and recently admitted to a family member that she didn't mind the thought of getting old and going into an old people's home, as it meant she knew she would always have company.
19/11/2017 14:37 GMT

Why We Need Action Now To Tackle The Disability Employment Gap

As MPs go back to work this week, we want them to think about disabled people who are unable to take up and progress in employment because of a consistent failure to remove barriers. Scope's analysis of the latest ONS data reveals that for every 100 disabled people moving into work, 114 are leaving. If the UK wants to be a modern, inclusive society, it needs to act urgently - not just pay lip service to an ideal world in which opportunities are equal.
05/09/2017 15:47 BST

London To Light Up Disability Sport

<img alt="everybody banner" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/5399116/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> A sports event may not seem important in the grand scale of things, but it brings us all together and can have the power to really change people's views. This is why it's important to get behind our para athletes over the next couple of weeks - just as we did in 2012, and again in 2016.
13/07/2017 15:42 BST

Disabled People Deserve More From Our National Game

There has been an improved picture in the UK in 2017 for racism and homophobia. Sadly the same cannot be said for disability. Now's the time to change this. All the football for all the fans, no matter who you are.
15/05/2017 17:46 BST

PIP Is Vital But The Insecurity Is 'Overwhelming'

We are calling on the government to rethink its decision. Before making any further changes to PIP the government must urgently address the very real concerns that disabled people have and reform the PIP assessment so that it accurately captures the extra costs disabled people face.
03/03/2017 12:11 GMT

Disabled People Left Out In The Cold

As winter grips the nation we know that a third of disabled people (32%) have cut back on energy consumption in the past 12 months. Over a quarter of disabled people - which equates to an estimated 2 million people across the UK - have struggled to pay their energy bills in the past year.
13/01/2017 12:07 GMT

Fractured Care System In Need Of A remedy

Later this month our new Chancellor gets the first chance to detail the government's financial plans, and there will be millions of people looking to see if social care is included. We hope that huge funding gap in social care is addressed.
04/11/2016 16:14 GMT

Less Than 100 Days to Rio Paralympics: Attitudes To Disability Still Lagging Behind

With the Rio 2016 Paralympics opening ceremony less than 100 days away, the Games will put disability in the spotlight. But do the Paralympics have the power to make a lasting change in attitudes to disabled people? Our research shows that the majority of disabled people in Britain are treated differently because they're disabled.
01/06/2016 16:44 BST

A Hard Act to Follow

To realise the full potential of the Care Act we need a sustainable funding settlement from Government, and reformed health and social care systems that support working-age disabled people to live their lives.
01/04/2016 11:58 BST

This Budget Will Make Disabled People's Lives Harder

Today, the Chancellor confirmed that the Government will be making changes to the disability benefits. These are going to make many disabled people's lives harder. It is a very worrying and uncertain time for disabled people, many of whom are already struggling to make ends meet.
16/03/2016 13:51 GMT

We Are All Consumers Now

Today is World Consumer Rights Day. But since this awareness day started back in 1983, there has been a group of consumers that are continually overlooked. That group is disabled consumers, and while the Government puts their spending power at over £200billion a year, rarely are goods and services developed with them in mind.
15/03/2016 14:44 GMT

Specialist Employment Support Is Vital to Halving the Disability Employment Gap

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act - a landmark piece of legislation that was the result of a hard-fought campaign by disabled people. For the first time, the Disability Discrimination Act made it unlawful to discriminate against disabled people as employees and as consumers.
20/11/2015 11:47 GMT