One Month Before Heartbreak – a great success

Carer Watch are fully supportive of our sister group The Broken of Britain’s’ blogswarm this weekend regarding the changes to Disability Living Allowance proposed by the government.  Whilst we are primarily a carer campaigning group, many persons who live with disability are also members. For disabled people and carers tied to the home, the World Wide Web is a great campaigning tool and we intend to continue using it as so. We have all found each other on the web so we decided to work alongside each other on issues that will affect our lives, and to make ourselves heard. The blogswarm is an excellent initiative of Emma Crees, and full details of support given to date can be found here on One Month Before Heartbreak blog. A master list is available and is being updated constantly. It has most definitely been a weekend to remember – to witness many individuals, groups, bloggers all joining together to support One Month Before Heartbreak. Face book and Twitter were inundated with posts/tweets and hash tags used included #ombh and #TboB. The petition re DLA has been well supported too.  What is DLA?  DLA is an essential benefit that was specifically designed to provide financial support towards the extra costs incurred by people living with a disability.  DLA payments have enabled hundreds of thousands of disabled people to maintain a degree of independence and quality of life that would have otherwise been lost to them. DLA has nothing to do with employment – it is a benefit to support disabled people meet the genuine costs of living with a disability. Cutting or...

Kaliya Franklin speaks out about DLA reform

While Millbank swarmed with student protestors and Mumsnet buzzed angrily about the reductions to child benefit, away from the glare of publicity, disabled people and carers mourned alone. The cuts to benefits and services affecting us really are a matter of life and death, so why the wider silence? Perhaps it’s because the benefits to be slashed are poorly understood and after years of tabloid scrounger stories the assumption is that people who claim them are living a lifestyle choice of state-sponsored ease. read in full here Kaliya Franklin blogs at Benefit Scrounging...

The Broken of Britain fight DLA reform

The Broken of Britain is busy fighting DLA reform, ILF cuts and the botched ESA system. For now, the immediate goal is to stop DLA reform but as an user-led grassroots organization we need your help. Firstly, sign the petition to stop DLA reform here Use our campaign resource to write to MPs and Ministers here Let supportive representatives and friends know how they can help here To complete a submission for the consultation on DLA, we need user testimonies. Read more and help us...

Share your testimony re: Disability Living Allowance

Do you receive Disability Living Allowance? The Broken of Britain  is putting together a submission to the Public Consultation, with the support of our sister organisation Carer Watch , on DLA reform, closing on the 14th of February. The draft submission will be launched on TBofB and CW forums this Friday, 7th of January. It will remain open for discussion, criticism, editing and general tearing-apart until the 7th of February, giving a week for it to be edited before being sent off. Because TBofB and CW are user-led, we want everyone who logs into our forum to have their own say and advance their own arguments because this grassroots solidarity can only make us stronger. For now, some tidying up is being carried out to make sure that the document is presentable and sensible. What is missing from the submission is proper user testimonies. I’d like to appeal to all readers for testimonies, which will, of course, remain anonymous in the end-document. We need:                    A paragraph long testimony from DLA claimants who are enabled to work because of DLA A paragraph from a claimant who is chronically ill and will not ‘get better’ about why re-testing every few years is a waste of their time A paragraph about why you think DLA is fit for purpose A paragraph explaining why three rates of Care component is easier to understand than two (i.e. if you have medium care needs, how do you choose?) Why renaming the benefit PIP will not change your life A paragraph about the barriers to life that you face because of disability or illness? A paragraph on...

Announcing One month Before Heartbreak

Carer Watch,  along with many other individuals/groups , are helping to raise awareness of this campaign by Bendygirl   We had also ran our own campaign after the Emergency Budget 2010 .  One of our greatest concerns was that – Middle and Higher rate DLA are both also passport benefits to enable family members to claim Carers Allowance, removing or reducing DLA will not only have an enormous financial impact on disabled people it will also impact on their carers – a double blow which will especially hit hard those families on the poverty line.   We also ran a campaign asking people to contact their MPs.   Please support Bendygirl and this campaign – details below   One Month Before Heartbreak  ……..   is taking place from 14th – 16th January 2011.  This is a blog swarm (or blog carnival) style event somewhat similar to Blogging Against Disablism Day (BADD).    A Blog swarm is where people come together to post on their own blogs about the same issue and then share the links on a master list. Drastic cuts have been announced in the UK to help reduce the monetary deficit.  The proposed cuts appear to disproportionately target the more vulnerable members of society, including disabled people.  When the cuts were first announced the government freely admitted that they hadn’t carried out a full analysis of the likely impact on disabled people. The cuts include: ……..   see full details...