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...

Disability Living Allowance review:RNIB’s key issues

Carer Watch received the following : Please feel free to pass either or both of these around your own networks. We have the OK from the Work and Pensions Committee to make our evidence as widely available as we wish.  1.4 The consultation document (on pages 30-32) asks 22 specific questions. This briefing does not go into that amount of detail, but sets out the main proposals and RNIB’s broad concerns. see RNIB briefing here  DLA (2010.12) (DWP review – RNIB’s key...

Demolition Of The Case For DLA Reform

Letter from Rhydian Fôn James (mathematician and economist) to Maria Miller , Minister for Disabled People. cc: The Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP; Baroness Grey-Thompson; Hywel Williams MP; DLA Reform Team Permission from The Broken of Britain  to post a copy read the letter in full below : Rhydians Letter to Maria Miller I am writing to urge you, as Minister for Disabled People, to recall the Public Consultation on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) reform, and to cease work on reform of this benefit, due to serious flaws in the consultation paper. Rhydian is asking people to contact their own MPs.  His own letter can be used as a template and adapted to suit each persons individual circumstamces. We have a voice, lets use it. We are the ones ‘in...

Have your say on the future of Disability Living Allowance

Once again Disability Living Allowance is under threat. This time DLA is to become PIP and the cuts disguised in the transfer. Tell the Coalition what you think about the future of Disability Living Allowance This consultation seeks your views on the Government‘s proposals to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with a new benefit – Personal Independence Payment. The Personal Independence Payment will continue to be a non-means tested, extra costs benefit. It will help disabled people remove the barriers they face to leading full and independent lives. This consultation asks for views to inform our policy for reforming DLA and introducing a new objective assessment. The consultation applies to England, Wales and Scotland. Email: consultation.dlareform@dwp.gsi.gov.uk Closing date: 14 February 2011 Start date: 6 December 2010 The consultation is aimed primarily at disability organisations and disabled people, but we would like to hear from anybody who is interested. Executive summary Comment online Easy to read Carer Watch have campaigned about similar threats before and will do so again.  Protect Disability Benefits –  from 2009 under the previous government. Emergency Budget 2010 campaign   – support from many individuals and groups/organisations Coalition cuts October 2010 CarerWatch will be submitting evidence. Come and contribute in the discussion group. Keep reading to see what other campaigners are...

Coalition Cuts – 20th October 2010

On 20th October 2010 the Coalition will announce the most severe Cuts in recent times.  For people already coping on very little money the situation is extremely serious. All disability and carer benefits are under threat. Please help fight to protect disability and carer benefits from these Cuts Please e-mail any one who you feel could speak up for us in this debate. Ministers – MPs from the Coalition or the Opposition – disability or carer charities – any one who you think will speak up for us. And please forward this link and ask other people to do the same. Contact details here Here is a draft e-mail that you may want to use in full or in part Welfare reform is being discussed and implemented.  Unfortunately 24/7 caring and severe disability have not been abolished by the welfare reforms. Carer’s finances have once again been ignored in the discussions and disabled people are feeling unfairly attacked and demonised. They are terrified of the ‘conditionality’ and withdrawal of benefits that they think is being threatened under ESA.   Long term we hope you will stand up for them and try to – 1. Address the issues surrounding carer poverty and help keep carer’s benefits separate from the main benefit system. Carers are not ‘unemployed’ and do not belong on an ‘out of work’ benefit. 2. Change ESA to give disabled people a safe place where they can have back to work help, without the anxiety of threats and ‘conditionality’ But more urgently the Cuts are being announced on 20th October and we desperately need you to defend disability benefits and carer benefits from the Cuts in the debate. Many of our...