Are you disabled, in ill health, a carer or know someone who is?
CarerWatch members are extremely concerned about the impact of the Welfare Reform Act on Social Care. Not just on those people affected now, but those that will be in the future. It is vital we take every opportunity to raise our voices about these issues to government.
See below for details received of a new campaign – Britain Cares
Received from Scope –
I wanted to let you in on a new campaign, Britain Cares – see website here
We all know how much support is being savagely taken away at the moment, but we think coming up there is a major opportunity to help get something positive to happen.
We believe that there is the potential for a big political moment to get the Government to address the growing crisis in social care for disabled people, with the Care and Support Bill coming into Parliament in May (one of only two major Bills) and the Government’s Spending Review brought forward to this June. We need to make a big push in April and May building up to June.
It could make a direct difference to the lives of more than 100,000 disabled people in this country through providing social care – but this campaign is also really about trying to galvanize wider public support for the rights of disabled people.
We want to take it to the Government and show them actually they’re wrong, many people in this country (disabled and non-disabled) believe in good, fair support for disabled people to live their lives.
At the same time, this campaign is about trying to show there are lots of people in Britain with shared values of fairness and freedom, and we want to live up to those values by making sure disabled people can live their lives like everyone else.
We want to challenge the Government by showing them.
There are two main ways to get involved:
– Upload a photo saying “I care!” or “We care!” at www.britaincares.co.uk where you can email it to your MP with a message
– If you have experience of the importance of social care yourself, please share your story with your MP – we urgently need to get them to understand more about the importance of social care against the backdrop of all the other cuts – further details to be found here
Please do have a look, it’s live online now and with a first big moment around 30 April, to coincide with two All-Party Parliamentary Groups who will be coming out with their report on social care for working age disabled people.
If you’re interested and could help share/support in any way once it’s up and running, that would be enormously appreciated.
It’s not just a Scope campaign – other charities, organisations and others are getting behind it too, we want to make this as broad a church as possible.
You can contact Joe Hall at Scope for any more information or materials: firstname.lastname@example.org