Archive for December, 2010

Carers Uk – response to White Paper on Universal Credit

31 December 2010

Carers UK represents the views and interests of the six million people in the UK who care for their frail, disabled or ill family member, friend or partner. Carers give so much to society yet as a consequence of caring; they experience ill health, poverty and discrimination.

Carers UK seeks to end this injustice and will continue to campaign until the true value of carers’ contribution to society is recognised and carers receive the practical, financial and emotional support they need.

Carers UK welcomed the principles of the Government’s reform proposals outlined in the paper 21st Century Welfare, particularly benefit simplification, making work pay and reducing worklessness which have long been key campaign issues for the carers movement.However we expressed deep reservations around what the Government’s consideration of

means-testing, conditionality and cuts elsewhere within the welfare system would mean for carers.

We are opposed to any moves to introduce a means-test for carers’ benefits – a change which would set carers’ rights back to the 1970s.

see in full here :   Carers UK – Universal Credit policy response

DLA and residential homes: campaigning against a vicious cut

30 December 2010

by Richard Excell – Touchstone blog

I have blown my top previously about the government’s plan to remove Disability Living Allowance mobility component from people in residential care homes. Over the last few weeks more and more organisations have been speaking out about how this cut will mean restricted lives for thousands of people. And there’s still time to vote for this horrid decision in our special “Cuts Factor” competition.

Read in full here

West Norfolk Women & Carers’ Pensions Network says No to £2.5 Billion from the Nation’s Children

27 December 2010

Carer Watch have been asked to help raise awareness of this letter writing campaign from West Norfolk Women & Carers’ Pensions Network .

 

Here is our letter. We are asking as many individuals as possible over Christmas and New Year to sign it and e-mail it to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith at  ministers@dwp.gsi.gov.uk or to print off a copy of the letter and post it to him.

It’s important to save Child Benefit as a universal benefit for all mothers. Once it is means tested, we will be on a long slippery slope.

Best wishes,
Alexandra Kemp
West Norfolk Women and Carers’ Pensions Network

Save Universal Child benefit. PDF

Save Universal Child benefit.   Word doc

Letter as below

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Merry Christmas to one and all

23 December 2010


Hi there Carer Watcher – and fellow campaigners,

It would be nice to report that carers and people with disability/serious ill health had a great 2010 and we hope many of you did, despite everything the bankers and the departing Labour government and the new Coalition government threw at us.

Despite all this – or perhaps because of it – Carer Watch is stronger than ever with many more active members. And we have lots of friends across the political and campaigning spectrum who are fighting with us.

2010 saw the formation of BoB – the Broken of Britain – the new campaigning group for people with disability who hit the ground speeding.
Also, Disabled People Against Cuts , DPAC was formed by a group of disabled people after the 3rd October 2010 mass protests against cuts in Birmingham,

So whatever they throw at us in the New Year – we are ready for them.

So Happy Christmas and a Great New Year to Carer Watchers one and all.

Coping with cuts: the view from a Citizens Advice Bureau

21 December 2010

We are not all in this together. Benefit changes and service cuts will have cumulative and often profoundly disruptive and painful effects on the lives of poor people, especially as they interact with existing deprivations and difficulties. Citizen’s Advice Bureau adviser Deborah Padfield sets out the bottom-up perspective on the government’s plans.

It is important to be cautious about what we say in time of retrenchment, for cuts and reforms are rarely welcome, always producing predictions of disaster. It would be easy to produce a doomsday scenario, ignoring both deficiencies in the system as it was and shrewd ideas amongst what is proposed. It is also easy to overlook the Labour government’s endeavours to fix the system, evidence not least of the difficulties of the task. The job of Citizen’s Advice Bureaux is not to comment on the government’s direction of travel in response to the deficit. We have to work with it. But we also have to analyse its impacts, highlighting the areas where vulnerable people will be affected in ways which render hypocritical our claims to be a fair society honouring the needs of vulnerable citizens.

Read in full here

Deborah Padfield is an adviser with the Citizens Advice Bureau in Cambridge. She has written this article in her personal capacity.

INDEPENDENT LIVING FUND – Early Day Motion 1231

21 December 2010

Please urge your MP to sign early day motion 1231  calling on the Government to reconsider the closure of the ILF to new applicants and to reverse the intention to close the fund in its entirety by the end of this Parliament. The proposed closure and rapid reduction in care will cause immense suffering and increased poverty for many older and disabled people.

Primary Sponsor – Katy Clark

The motion reads :

That this House notes with concern the Government’s announcement that the Independent Living Fund will be permanently closed to new applicants and completely phased out by the end of this Parliament; further notes that this will affect around 21,000 current recipients as well as those who would have applied to the fund in the future; acknowledges the fantastic assistance that the Independent Living Fund has provided severely disabled people to live independently; and calls on the Government to reconsider its decision, which will affect thousands of severely disabled people and will in the long term lead to greater financial costs as more people are placed in long term care.

Share part of your Christmas with others

21 December 2010

Christmas is a stressful time for most people but with the added chaos due to the severe weather we are experiencing, how many families are going to struggle over the festive period.

Carer watch received this message from one of our members…..

Support worker rang to say her car not working. One for tomorrow rang to say she cant get here either and looking doubtful whether the one for Thursday and friday will show. Front line is a good term for family carers cos when push comes to shove, its all on us. At this rate Christmas not happening as I cant get food shopping in and delivery service I have used in the past has been stopped.

Although this was from a family carer, how many disabled/elderly people are facing the same problems.

Have you been able to do your shopping?

Maybe you have a neighbour who is struggling. Can you offer them some help?

Do you buy too much food…..look around.

Perhaps you could deliver a Christmas meal to someone who lives close by and who lives alone.

Christmas is a time for sharing…..share a part of yourself.

Save DLA Mobility Component – Muscular Dystrophy Campaign

21 December 2010

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has launched a new petition to call on the Government to drop proposals to remove the Disability Living Allowance Mobility Component for people living in residential care – including children attending residential schools.

DLA Mobility Component helps to meet the higher costs of accessible public transport (where available), or makes you eligible for an adapted vehicle through the Motability scheme.

 Read in full here  

                                                         Sign the petition here 

Please share this track everywhere

20 December 2010
The 12 Days Of Cripmas is a topical take of a classic carol listing the benefits and services currently being removed from disabled people in Britain.
 The lyrics were written by a user of the Ouch messageboards, sent to Where’s The Benefit and the track produced and directed by BendyGirl of The Broken Of Britain. We’re all incredibly proud of Imana our 11 yr old singing star who is a child carer for her mum who has Multiple Sclerosis.
Please share this track everywhere and let’s see if we can get it some national media attention!
 

Thanks, Kaliya aka BendyGirl

The 12 Days of Cripmas from The Broken of Britain and Where’s the Benefit

20 December 2010
The 12 Days Of Cripmas is a topical take of a classic carol listing the benefits and services currently being removed from disabled people in Britain.

The lyrics were written by a user of the Ouch messageboards, sent to Where’s The Benefit and the track produced and directed by BendyGirl of The Broken Of Britain.

We’re all incredibly proud of Imana our 11 yr old singing star who is a child carer for her mum who has Multiple Sclerosis.

Please share this track everywhere and let’s see if we can get it some national media attention!

Watch the video here


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