CW Evidence to Harrington

Here’s the evidence that CarerWatch have  submittrd to Harrington.  Rhydian fon James – a journalist (see articles in Guardian) helped us write it. Our main point is still that the groups aren’t fit for purpose – there is no safe place for the long term sick to ‘have a go’ in safety without fear of being sucked down through the coercive WRAG to undefended JAS.   So as the groups aren’t fit for purpose the test can’t work however much they try and improve it.   Some of our members are horrified by the current B&W thread about what happens to you if you win your appeal. Straight back to ATOS...

Muscular Dystrophy Campaign

“As a charity at the forefront of the fight against muscle disease, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has urged the government to consider that many disability benefits are intended to help meet the extra costs of living with a disability. “We welcome the intention in the 21st Century Welfare consultation paper to simplify the complex benefits system, and to make the process more efficient. And we are pleased to note that one of the stated objectives of the reforms is “supporting carers and enabling disabled people to have an equal role in society. “But any reform to the Disability Living Allowance must be carried out with the intention of promoting independence and quality of life for people with a disability more effectively, rather than as a cost cutting measure targeted at some of the more vulnerable people in our society. At the same time, fraudulent claims should be rooted out and the consequent savings used to strengthen and enhance support for carers and people living with disabilities.” Robert Meadowcroft, Acting Chief Executive and Director of Policy and Campaigns, Muscular Dystrophy...

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers & Crossroads Care

Received from PRTC … We regret that benefits will increase in line with Consumer Price Index rather than Retail Price Index as a measure of inflation. The different could mean about £130p/a to each carer by 2015. Carers and disabled people need more not less financial support. Furthermore, we would like to see greater support to help carers and disabled people work, rather than simply being subject to more testing about their capability which can often be wrongly assessed causing undue stress. We understand the financial pressures on Government, but public funding cuts must not be aimed at carers and families, who are emblematic of the Big Society they hope to foster. Research shows that cutting support for carers will very quickly cost more money than is saved. Carers who do not receive support are more likely to suffer physical and mental breakdowns. When this happens, the original patient requires emergency hospital admission or expensive residential care and the carer becomes a patient as well – meaning costs spiral. Carole Cochrane Chief Executive...

National Pensioners Convention

We are happy to add our support to your campaign – alongside the following statement from the National Pensioners Convention’s General Secretary, Dot Gibson: The NPC has worked with Carer Watch over the past year to defend the rights of disabled people and their carers. The support provided by the Disability Living Allowance is essential to those who need extra help to maintain their independence and mobility in later life, and cutting it will be an act of pure cruelty that will have a devastating impact on some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The government must be made to think again. All the best Neil Duncan-Jordan...