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2011-01-23

 

Dear Mr Mark Garnier

 

I am writing to on behalf of Disability Action Wyre Forest to find out what action you are taking to challenge the Government’s decision to stop paying Disability Living Allowance (DLA) mobility component to disabled people living in residential care.

 

DLA mobility component is designed to help meet the extra costs many disabled people face in doing everyday things, such as going to the shops, visiting family and socialising with friends. For people who live in residential care it provides support to pay for things like a powered wheelchair, accessible taxis or a Motability car.

 

The cuts to public spending were meant to be fair, and to protect those on the lowest incomes, but this change will hit just one group – disabled people in residential care, and it will take away the vital financial support that they need to be active and independent. This cannot be right. Disabled people living in residential care should not be deprived of the same rights that everyone else takes for granted.

 

Disability Action Wyre Forest is particularly worried about this cut because they will effect the most vulnerable in society, who have no voice of their own to protest against any such cut.

These cuts will confine disabled people living in care to their care homes and making them prisoners of their disability.

Disability action Wyre Forest believe these cuts go against the aim of the social model of disability and is a step into the dark for disabled people

 

Please can you write to the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller MP, and call on her to keep DLA mobility component for disabled adults in residential care. I would also like to know what action you personally are taking to challenge this decision.

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mr Mark Lawley _CHAIR

 

 

 

On the first day of Christmas the Government took from me the right to peace and harmony.

On the second day of Christmas the Government took from me,
social standing,
and the right to peace and harmony

On the third day of Christmas the Government took from me,
my I B,
social standing, and the right to peace and harmony.

On the fourth day of Christmas the Government took from me,
my contributions,
my I B, social standing, and the right to peace and harmony.

On the fifth day of Christmas the Government took from me,
my bu-us pass,
my contributions, my I B, social standing, and the right to peace and harmony.

On the sixth day of Christmas the Government took from me,
rights to housing,
my bu-us pass, my contributions, my I B, social standing, and the right to peace and harmony.

On the seventh day of Christmas the Government took from me,
mobility in care homes,
rights to housing, my bu-us pass, my contributions, my I B, social standing, and the right to peace and harmony

On the eighth day of Christmas the Government took from me,
5 years of pension,
mobility in care homes, rights to housing, my bu-us pass, my contributions, my I B, social standing, and the right to peace and harmony

On the ninth day of Christmas the Government took from me,
council funded care,
5 years of pension, mobility in care homes, rights to housing, my bu-us pass, my contributions, my I B, social standing, and the right to peace and harmony

On the tenth day of Christmas the Government took from me,
All my DLA,
council funded care, 5 years of pension, mobility in care homes, rights to housing, my bu-us pass, my contributions, my I B, social standing, and the right to peace and harmony

On the eleventh day of Christmas the Government took from me,
Independant Living fund,
All my DLA, council funded care, 5 years of pension, mobility in care homes, rights to housing, my bu-us pass, my contributions, my I B, social standing, and the right to peace and harmony

On the Twelth day of Christmas the Governement gave to me,
a paupers funeral.

 

 

ULO WORESTERSHIRE

 

Worcestershire coalition for Independent 

 

 

Living in Worcestershire 

 

A Coalition for Independent Living in Worcestershire

In April 2010, service users and service user voluntary organisations met at a day conference in Worcester with County Council staff to discuss how best to progress the requirement for the County to facilitate a comprehensive User led “organisation” to meet Department of Health criteria by December 2010.

 

What is a ULO?

A ULO is an organisation that is run and controlled by people who use support services including disabled people, mental health service   users, people with learning difficulties, older people, and their families and carers. (SCIE, 2009)

 

The Department of Health has produced 21 design criteria to describe what a ULO looks like and the sorts of services that it provides. A ULO does not have to fulfil all of the design criteria and, in reality, most do not but may well work with others to deliver services.

 

Mission Statement:

“The Worcestershire Coalition for Independent Living, a User Led Organisation, aims to enable all people with support needs to contribute to shaping and directing the services that they need to live the life they choose”.

 

We will do this by:

 

Building a stronger collective voice - from grassroots actions through to getting heard at the highest strategic levels

 

Enabling greater choice - supporting people with the decisions they make to manage and develop the services and informal   support they need for independent living

 

By the delivery of services, suitable for peoples’ needs, including with partner organisations, The Worcestershire Coalition for Independent Living (CIL), a User Led Organisation (ULO), is for anyone who defines themselves as having support needs, including:

 

·                Older people

·                Any person living with any form of disability or impairment, whether temporary or permanent, across the full age range including children aged 14+. People on direct payments, those who will receive personal budgets and those who fund their own care and support

·                Informal or family carers, including same sex partners.

 

How we work: 

·          We are a user led organisation. We believe that people who share experiences are able to offer one another unique support and encouragement.

·         We put authentic user leadership and involvement at the centre of everything we do and we encourage others to follow our lead.

·         We believe that users of services have unique understanding and insight into what is needed and should be at the forefront of change.

·         We bring people together from different backgrounds and    communities so that they can understand one another better and shape a stronger collective voice.

·         We actively undertake individuals and organisational capacity building to the benefit of all.

·         We work within the CIL and with partner organisations to maximise efficiency and effectiveness.

·         We welcome people of minority sexual orientation or gender identity,  those from minority ethnic communities and those of different religions or none, as well as all others. 

·         We will strive to create safe and tolerant spaces for all. We challenge discrimination and work to secure people’s rights to equal access to services, treatment and support.

·          All services will be to the highest standards with appropriate safeguarding in place.

·         We encourage creativity and innovation. We are not afraid of learning from our successes and our mistakes and we are willing to share our learning openly and honestly.

A communication strategy is being developed and implemented to help take the Coalition in to full and effective operation.

 If you, or your organisation, can and want to contribute to these developments and ongoing services contact one of the core steering group members, or the development assistant.

 Steering group:

Service users:

Jackie Payton, Chair, c/o, mail@dialsworcs.org.uk

Winston  Davis, Vice Chair, svtgc1@talktalk.net

Ann Bachelor,  Family Carer: 01527 877745

 

 

Zana Collins @ WASU, Worcestershire Association of Service Users.  z.collins@worc.ac.uk

Jim J. Smith @ WAVOCC, Worcestershire Association of Voluntary Organisations in Community Care. wavocc@btconnect.com

Martin Heuter @ ACS, Customer Engagement Manager, Worcestershire County Council. M.Heuter@worcestershire.gov.uk

Liz Lloyd @ WAC, Worcestershire Association of Carer. carersworcestershire@googlemail.com

Cathy Merriman @ Dial South Worcestershire, The Disability Information and Advice Line. mail@dialsworcs.org.uk

Jim D. Smith @ North Worcestershire Dial, The Disability Information and Advice Line. jimdsmith@nwdial.org.uk

John Taylor @ Community First.  johnt@comfirst.org.uk

Scott Barnes. ULO Development assistant at WASU, 01905 542054; sbarnes.uloworcester@gmail.com

 “Stronger together- all different - all individuals

Building our Futures together

"Budget Cuts"

posted 18 Sep 2010, 09:05 by disabilityactionwf

Dear Mr Lawley,
 
Thank you very much indeed for your e-mail, voicing your concerns over the possible budget cuts. As you know, we are all waiting for the comprehensive spending review to be published on the 20th October, and on that date we will all be in a far better position to be able to ascertain exactly how people will be affected by the budget cuts.
 
There is a great deal of concern about all this and your group is not the first, and will certainly not be the last, to contact me regarding fears of how these cuts will affect every member of the community.
 
With regard you request that I sign the EDM, a number of us have opted to avoid EDMs. This in no way reflects my opinion of one EDM over another, merely that EDMs in general are becoming a very devalued currency in Westminster. Whilst yours is a serious issue, many are of a trivial nature.
 
However, my position on the Treasury Select Committee puts me in an unusually influential position to be able to take your representations to a very high and public forum. The role of the TSC is to scrutinise the work of the government and ensure that it is fair and just in the context of the work of the Treasury. Since the budget cuts originate from the Treasury, I will use my position to ensure that the interests of disabled people (as well as a number of other vulnerable groups) are aired in this forum. The TSC is currently meeting twice weekly and I can assure you that the CSR will very much be the focus of our attentions in late October.
 
I hope this gives you some confidence that your concerns will be aired in the right place, and you can be assured of my support.
 
With very best wishes,
 
Mark
 
Mark Garnier MP
Member of Parliament for Wyre Forest
House of Commons
Westminster SW1A 0AA
020 7219 7198

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