Campaigns and Organisations

A list of a few campaigns and organisations, that you may not have heard of, uniting against cuts to benefits for the disabled. They are all run by the disabled, service users/survivors, or carers.

Mad Pride

New Campaign for Autumn 2010

Welfare Benefits under Threat from the new Coalition Government!

Those cuts, many of which are not yet announced sound really scary right? Putting mental health suvivors in the UK under extreme stress – adversely affecting our mental health. This is not good.

So Mad Pride folk have decided to join in with other survivors to plan an Anti-Benefits Cuts Campaign of Direct Action in 2010. We can’t just do nothing until we find ourselves living in cardboard boxes (remember them?).

Planning is Happening

About thirty people attended a meeting in Pogo’s Cafe in Hackney, East London in July. Loads of ideas for the shape of a Campaign were put forward. A small group is now going to meet on 14th August to work on ways of supporting the Campaign.

Meanwhile new on this site is a Forum where everyone interested in joining or helping the campaign can meet up, leave messages, give opinions, support the campaign and each other. And other stuff. GET INVOLVED.

Black Triangle (Facebook Group)

This group is established to galvanise opposition to the current vicious attack on the rights of the disabled by the Government using “Work Capability Assessments” to re-classify genuinely sick and disabled individuals as “fit for work” It will expose the reality of these “assessments” and the devastating effect they are having on these people, their families and their friends.

“Join us to protest at the Tory Party Conference Birmingham England
We will have our own disabled people’s section of a legal organised march to protest against Tory Party attacks on disabled people. Please join us and ask others to come too.

When – Sunday, October 3rd, 2010.Where- International Convention Centre (ICC),Birmingham.

Rally- noon. March- 1 p.m.

If the weather is good we will meet at the fountain in Chamberlain Square at 11.30 am and walk to the ICC together otherwise, or for anyone who finds it easier, we will meet inside the ICC in the room where the rally will take place.”

Join us to protest at the Tory Party Conference Birmingham England

Disabled people and their lives are under threat

• The Tories have threatened to remove our Disability Living Allowance (DLA) saying that the number of claimants must be reduced by one-fifth. Even those who have been awarded DLA for life now seem certain to have to undergo a rigorous medical to see if they still qualify

• Employment Support Allowance and work capability assessments have been criticised by the Citizens Advice Bureau, disability charities and Disabled People’s Organisations. Even people with terminal cancer have been declared fit for work and removed from Incapacity Benefit. The government have now said that from October 2010 they will speed up the re-assessment of everyone currently claiming Incapacity Benefit so that 10,000 claimants a week are ‘processed’

• These assessments which ignore doctors and consultant views are earning Atos healthcare £100 million a year

• Housing Benefits for all tenants will be reduced. From October 2011 for those 2 million disabled people living in private rented accommodation and from 2013 for anyone living in social housing which is deemed too large for their needs

• There are 1.8 million people households on social housing waiting lists. Currently 1 million children live in overcrowded households

• Already 30% of disabled people live below the poverty line and 1 in 4 families with disabled children cannot afford heating

• The Chartered Institute of Housing has calculated that the cumulative effect of the coalition’s proposals mean that by 2020 every tenant’s Housing Benefit will be too low to cover their rent

• Benefits will be linked to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) instead of the Retail Price Index, so claimants will lose £300 a year as the CPI ignores any housing costs you might have

• Value Added Tax increased to 20% will hit those on the lowest incomes the hardest – it is estimated this rise will increase each household’s costs by £500 per year

• Added to that funding from the Independent Living Fund for care and support has now ceased to all new claimants and any additional needs cannot be met by them

• Social Services budgets are under extreme pressure and nearly all Social Services departments have been told to reduce their budgets by 25% which has an obvious knock-on effect to their provision of care and the amount people need to pay towards this. In Warwickshire it is anticipated that one-third of people who currently receive free care will no longer be eligible.

Where’s the Benefit

Campaigning against the government’s distressing war on disabled benefit claimants.

A group of us UK based disabled bloggers have set up a new blog, Where’s the Benefit to try and rally support against the proposed cuts to disability and sickness related benefits. We need all the help we can get so please head over there and check it out.

Carer Watch

Welcome to Carer Watch

We are a campaign group for carers across the UK run by independent, unpaid carers.

We have experience of the care system as it operates in the UK today and we consider it to be desperately under funded and not fit for purpose. We aim to provide a non-party-political campaign platform to change the way that opinion-formers, politicians and journalists think about carers.

But first and foremost we intend to get the system changed.

Every day we hear of local authorities closing, withdrawing or cutting back on essential facilities and services. The already inadequate care system is dying on its feet. We have to halt that process, not next year, not the year after that, we have to halt it now.

Some of our current campaigns focus on:

+ Emergency Budget 2010

+ Defend Disability Benefits – Defend DLA

+ ESA Campaign

With the recent release of the Green Paper for Social Care, one of the proposals put forward is that “some elements of disability benefits, for example Attendance Allowance” might no longer be paid to people and instead integrated into a new social care budget. We at Carer Watch are very concerned with this proposal. Check out our campaign to protect Disability Benefits.

Mental Health services are already woefully under funded and the latest round of cuts is too much for them to bear.

If you give up work to become a carer you will be expected to use up all your own assets and probably lose your home before the state will give you any financial support.

When pensioners become carers it is all too often a matter of those in need of care, caring for those in need of even greater care.

Please post your experience and tell us how you would like the care system changed – give your testimony!

Then come on to the main forum and help get things changed – join the discussion and campaigning group! You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

I’m sure there will be more groups and campaigns forming as we learn more about the Government cuts. The most important thing is to stay united. Carers, mental health service users,  people with physical and learning disabilities, are all people  directly affected by these cuts. It is in our interest to form one united front.


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