Campaign to stop welfare reforms

  Carer Watch are sponsors of this very important campaign to halt the workfare welfare reforms in the light of the recession.  We are delighted that so many people are supporting it. Please take the time to go to this link to the Compass site and sign the petition. And please circulate the link and tell all your friends and family and everyone else you know who has a heart to sign the petition too. http://www.compassonline.org.uk/campaigns/ Petition – Welfare for all   Welfare for all Letter to the Observer 30th November 2008 As the Observer reported on November 2nd the governments own adviser, the Social Security Advisory Committee has raised concerned about the latest welfare reform proposals. The welfare state is one of the UK’s greatest achievements and supports us all especially vulnerable and unemployed people and their families. In July the government published the green paper ‘No one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility’ announcing plans to change the current provision of support. Many of the plans were unacceptable when they were first published and the worsening economic situation should lead to a fundamental rethink. However the government is pressing ahead despite the current global economic downturn which is leading to increasing levels of unemployment. As a result we have come together. The government’s proposals remove entitlements and fail to value the important work of parents and carers. Parents with young children, carers, sick, disabled, people with mental health problems and other vulnerable groups face tougher tests to qualify for benefits. If they fail they could be cut off with no support. We are opposed to the...

CARERS TRADE UNION

Carer Watch is pleased to announce the launch of the Carers’ Trade Union. The CTU is intended to become a full trade union representing and negotiating on behalf of unwaged carers. It will seek recognition within the trade union movement. It will also seek negotiating rights on behalf of carers. This will take a considerable time and much work to achieve. It will be independent of Carer Watch and run by its members, developing its own democratic system of management. It is anticipated that it will continue to maintain a close and co-operative relationship with its parent organisation. If you are interested and feel you can to the formation of The Carers Union by being pro active, please feel free to join us at http://thecarerstradeunion.myfreeforum.org/ discussion board. You will be required to post in introductions before access to the full board, patience as well as input will be required at this early formative but important development stage. Help us to help you help and help other carers now and in the future. The establishment of a carers’ trade union is a very long term project. The point of a manifesto is to have something which raises the awareness of carers to the present limitations of their situation. This can then be passed on by carers groups and individual carers who are interested in the idea. Hopefully, discussion will develop over time until we have sufficient supporters to set up a provisional group. So please pass it on so that the largest possible number of carers may become aware that this discussion is taking place. Why a trade union for...