RIBBLE Valley MP Nigel Evans wants more done to help arthritis sufferers find jobs through the government’s Access to Work Scheme.

The Tory backbencher attended a Parliamentary event organised by healthcare charity, Versus Arthritis.

It launched a new new report after it discovered 59 per cent of sufferers had never heard of it with many more unaware of the help it can provide.

Mr Evans said: “Some 5,153 people in the Ribble Valley are living with osteoarthritis of the hip, 8,483 with osteoarthritis of the knee and 17,336 with back pain. Many more are affected by other related conditions every day.

“I wanted to show support in Parliament for my constituents who suffer and highlight the steps we can all take to make life easier for people with arthritis who want to work.

“It is important that Ribble Valley people with arthritis are aware of the help available, such as the Access to Work scheme.”