Housing Cuts

· Consultation re tenure of social housing and rent increases closing date January 17th

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/housing/socialhousingreform

· Email or telephone your MP and ask to meet with them to lobby them on all housing and Housing Benefit issues on February 15th.

· February 15th lobby of Parliament as above organised by the Housing Emergency committee of which DPAC is a member. 12-4 pm Central Hall, Westminster. Further information from eileenshort@hotmail.com

· Very critical reports from DWP and Social Security advisors on Housing Benefit cuts:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/lha-eia-nov10.pdf

It takes about 20 minutes to get through House of Commons security checks, as there is usually a queue.

ILF funding

Write to your MP and ask your MP to support EDM 1231 to stop the closure of the Independent Living Fund, or to ask a question about it being scrapped and what will replace it in parliament.

Draft letter –

The closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) and the loss of funding from this will result in 21,000 of the most severely disabled people being unable to continue to live independently in the community. This will cost the government even more money than they now spend. To force disabled people to live in residential car which on average according to figures produced by the Scottish Parliament will cost about £37,000 a year more on average makes no sense at all.

These are the very same people that the coalition government say they are committed to supporting, However this rhetoric can now be seen to be nothing more than empty words and empty promises: in fact lies.

There is clearly no commitment to ensure that disabled people can continue to lead inclusive lives or be treated as citizens. The result of the loss of funding from ILF, together with the drastic reduction to health and social care budgets will not only remove disabled people’s rights under the UNCRPD to live independently but will push the cause of independent living backwards towards third world levels of no support.

Any government should be ashamed of this. As your constituent I want you to please ask why ILF is being scrapped and why there is no commitment to support disabled people by this government.

I would also like to know how the government have reached the figure that closing the ILF will save £330 million a year. This seems to be another total inaccuracy.

Please also support EDM 1231 to stop the closure of ILF.

Cont. Work for 2011

December 30, 2010

To also do from Home

· Please email me at linda_burnip@yahoo.co.uk (linda underscore burnip) if you can adopt a group of MPs on behalf of DPAC to make an email list of them and send them messages from DPAC from time to time. The more people who volunteer the smaller the number of MPs each person will need to adopt.

· January 7th email Steve Webb and Maria Miller– The Lib Dem manifesto promised to introduce winter fuel payments for disabled people then Steve Webb said they weren’t needed as disabled people get an extra £8,000 a year in benefits already so don’t need any help with fuel costs. Ask Steve Webb and Maria the Mobility Allowance snatcher what he/she earns and how much they get for their housing costs and expenses. Ask him/her if he/she would like to live on your income. Tell them how losing DLA, mobility allowance, housing benefit changes, loss of the Independent Living Fund, etc will affect you.
steve@stevewebb.org.uk
or webbs@parliament.uk

Maria Miller via ministers@dwp.gsi.gov.uk or millerm@parliament.uk

· Midday, January 7th, try to crash DWP computers again. Please log onto  DLA consultations below.

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/2010/dla-reform.shtml
DLA
· Respond to DLA consultation by February 10th

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/2010/dla-reform.shtml

or use Disability Alliance website to do this
Please see the following email from Disability Alliance with regard to the Governments consultation on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) reform.

The Government is planning to cut DLA expenditure by 20%, introduce a new assessment, limit the care component (to be renamed ‘daily living’) to two rates and re-title the benefit ‘Personal Independence Payment’.

The survey is a little long (but should take no more than 20 minutes to complete) Disability Alliance would like as strong a response as possible with your help – to make sure they cover as many angles as possible in defending DLA. The issue is, of course, not simple, and requires some level of detail/length in order to cover all the issues needed.

The survey now includes just Disability Alliance questions and is available at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dlareform

They have added a further survey covering just the Government consultation questions at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dlareformgovtquestions

If you would prefer a Word version of the questionnaire(s) then please let Disability Alliance know.

The closing date for the consultation is 10 February 2011.

Given the importance of this issue, we please ask again that you respond to the survey and highlight it to your clients, users and other organisations and encourage them to do participate too.

Disability Alliance contact details are:

Ken Butler, Tax Credits, Benefits and Membership Advisor

or email kbutler@disabilityalliance.org

Disability Alliance, Universal House, 88-94 Wentworth Street, London E1 7SA

Tel: 020 7247 8776

· If you haven’t already please sign this petition

http://www.petitiononline.co.uk/petition/petition-the-minister-for-disabled-people-to-recall-the-public-consultation-on-dla-reform/569/0aa4fc2026635b34c32b57a1e644d746

· Telephone your MP and ask for a home visit as a reasonable adjustment before or on February 11th. Tell MP what you think about DLA being scrapped. The vote on abolition of DLA will be on February 14th. If you don’t know who your MP is you should be able to google for your constituency office or find contact details at http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/

· Mobility component of DLA being removed from those in residential care homes. Sign up to this e-campaign

http://e-activist.com/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=78&ea.campaign.id=8727&ea.param.extras=source:Protect

(with all of their money and resources Mencap have so far only got 617 people to sign this- lets show that here at DPAC we can do better)

Housing Cuts

· Consultation re tenure of social housing and rent increases closing date January 17th
http://www.facebook.com/l/95a7dir7s3grMolX1cF5gN7yOeg;www.communities.gov.uk/publications/housing/socialhousingreform

· Email or telephone your MP and ask to meet with them to lobby them on all housing and Housing Benefit issues on February 15th.

· February 15th lobby of Parliament as above organised by the Housing Emergency committee of which DPAC is a member. 12-4 pm Central Hall, Westminster. Further information from eileenshort@hotmail.com

· Very critical reports from DWP and Social Security advisors on Housing Benefit cuts:
http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/lha-eia-nov10.pdf

It takes about 20 minutes to get through House of Commons security checks, as there is usually a queue.

ILF funding

Write to your MP and ask your MP to support EDM 1231 to stop the closure of the Independent Living Fund, or to ask a question about it being scrapped and what will replace it in parliament.

Draft letter –

The closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) and the loss of funding from this will result in 21,000 of the most severely disabled people being unable to continue to live independently in the community. This will cost the government even more money than they now spend. To force disabled people to live in residential car which on average according to figures produced by the Scottish Parliament will cost about £37,000 a year more on average makes no sense at all.

These are the very same people that the coalition government say they are committed to supporting, However this rhetoric can now be seen to be nothing more than empty words and empty promises: in fact lies.

There is clearly no commitment to ensure that disabled people can continue to lead inclusive lives or be treated as citizens. The result of the loss of funding from ILF, together with the drastic reduction to health and social care budgets will not only remove disabled people’s rights under the UNCRPD to live independently but will push the cause of independent living backwards towards third world levels of no support.

Any government should be ashamed of this. As your constituent I want you to please ask why ILF is being scrapped and why there is no commitment to support disabled people by this government.

I would also like to know how the government have reached the figure that closing the ILF will save £330 million a year. This seems to be another total inaccuracy.
Please also support EDM 1231 to stop the closure of ILF.

Meetings

· Manchester Network X meeting January 15th and 16th if anyone can go from DPAC, or is going and can report back to us please.
There is a Facebook event page if you use Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=165446950159789

Actions

London
January 20th 11 am – London action which sounds really fun called by London Class War . See how the other half live – Visit Osborne’s millionaire father’s shop Osborne and Little, 304 Kings Road, and around the corner OKA furnishing store owned by Sam Cam’s Mum 155-165 Fulham Road

http://ianbone.wordpress.com/2010/12/05/osborne-and-little-thursday-january-20th/

London and National

January 24th second national day of actions against Atos and other poverty pimps.- including charities trying to make money out of getting us into work.

For more details watch out for announcements here or go to the Facebook event page:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=173084439389460

Warwickshire

February 11th and 12th Conservative local Government conference at Chesford Grange hotel which is stuck out in the middle of the countryside with no public transport, where they probably think they will be safe- any ideas for a protest there please urgently needed.

CoR week of action – February 14th –19th if anyone would like to organise anything for that week let us know.

Birmingham

Saturday, February 26th Birmingham Against the Cuts protest more details nearer the time. Planning meeting for this in Birmingham January 10th early evening if anyone can go to this for DPAC please let me know. ( linda_burnip@yahoo.co.uk)

For more info email Matt at righttowork.wm@googlemail.com

Leeds
Meeting of Leeds DAN ( disabled people’s Direct Action Network)who are campaigning against Workfare January 22nd venue tbc to plan for public meeting on February 5th in Leeds. Venue also tbc. For more info contact Luke at alternative_editor@hotmail.com ( alternative underscore editor)

Additional dates for steering group members and anyone else who is interested.

January 8thNetroots conference London
January 10th – Housing Emergency meeting, London.
January 10th, – Meeting in Birmingham re February 26th protest ( early evening tbc)
January 11th – possible meeting London if organised by UKDPC
January 13th – London campaigning workshop with ALFIE and Newham coalition.
January 15th – Labour Representative Committee conference London
January 17th – RADAR APPGD 5.15-6.15 pm London ( digital Britain)
February 8th – Conference on Civil Society and third sector, TUC offices, London 2-5.30.

Happy New Year: Work for 2011

December 30, 2010

Hi all, it’s us again wishing you all a Happy New Year. Also although this is very lengthy if it will all post in one go here are the things we need to start to do for next year’s battles against the attacks we are all facing.
Please take the time to read through this, I have tried to split it into sections of cuts to different benefits and funding for independent living etc plus things that can be done from home by everyone.

DPAC Events 2011

3 really important events are

· February 12th A People’s Convention– a national conference in London to plan how we can all work together and to plan for the TUC march and rally on March 26th. We will be organising a workshop and putting forward a proposal to conference so we would like as many of you to be there as possible to support us and our fight.
More details and to book at http://www.facebook.com/l/95a7dFK1vHCRx0llOeet8-G-RNQ;www.righttowork.org.uk

· March 26th join us at TUC march and rally in London. We will try to organise with others a disabled people’s section of the march again. In Greece 3,500 disabled people protested lets see if we can do as well.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=176812472328977

or http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=108752325861545

http://www.tuc.org.uk/theme/index.cfm?theme=alltogetherlanding

 
· April 29th ‘ Wake for the welfare state, equality and justice’ London and nationally details to be confirmed later.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=110099975726266

and important to do from home or through your DPO locally

Human Rights generally

Disability Rights Watch is collecting information of disabled people being denied their human rights under the UNCRPD. This covers things like being denied council housing, being harassed, being denied the right to live independently, to get medical treatment, to have a decent income etc etc.

When as Disabled people we are excluded from buildings, stopped from fully participating in activities, not given jobs or accessible housing we are being denied our human rights.

The UK Human Rights Act was passed in 1998 and in 2009 the UK Government ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In 2011 the Government has to report to the UN on how it is doing in ensuring that Disabled people are getting their human rights.

The Project is called “Disability Rights Watch” and is being piloted for the first time. This is a great opportunity for Disabled people, their organisations and allies to help to inform the United Nations of what is happening for Disabled people since the UK Government ratified the UNCRPD. UKDPC want to hear stories from Disabled people about how their human rights have been abused.

The information we provide will be used by UKDPC to produce a shadow report which will go to the UN Disability Monitoring Committee and to inform the UK Government of where changes are needed to improve, law, policies and practices to ensure Disabled people can enjoy their full human rights.

The UKDPC have created a website http://www.disabilityrightswatchuk.org/
where you can register and provide your evidence. The site also provides more detail about the convention and the project itself. Evidence can be provided in a number of formats such as letter, email, over the phone or directly onto a form on the website.

If you would like more information about the project or would like any support in providing evidence please send us a message.

“LET’S MAKE SURE OUR VOICE IS HEARD and MAKE SURE WHAT THIS GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO US IS TOLD”

Deadline for responses 28th February.

Seasonal wishes to everybody!

December 23, 2010

We wish to thank everybody who have supported disabled people in campaigning and protesting about the cuts and changes in DLA etc in any way and hope we all continue to fight the good fight in 2011. We have a long way to go yet.

Urgent appeal….

This is an URGENT need for sleeping bags, warm lightly used clothes, blankets and anything that can help our street folk NOW in London….
Please ring 07554718487 asap or mail hg_piliontrust @ hotmail.co.uk ….

http://piliontrust.blogspot.com/
Please circulate this info around your London contacts….

The Broken of Britain is running a campaign on the DLA reform –

…….Members of the public: We may feel quite powerless at times, but there is a lot we can do to maintain the pressure. To do this, follow the steps in this Campaign Resource. The 14th-16th of January 2011 will be the date of The Broken of Britain’s blogswarm, entitled “One Month Before Heartbreak”. The DLA reform consultation end on 14th February, Valentine’s Day, as BendyGirl explains. Between the 14th and 16th, we hope that thousands of people will write – preferably on a disability-related topic – supporting The Broken of Britain and our campaign. If you want to go further, phone your constituency office and ask for a face-to-face meeting with your MP so that you can tell them why they should oppose DLA reform.

NB: Rosemary O’Neill of CarerWatch has another idea for campaigning. If you are unable to protest outside of your home, get your MP to come to you! Phone your constituency office and try to get your MP to visit you at home. The 11th of January is the last date before the DLA reform consultation closes, but you could ask for a home visit on any date up to then if the 11th isn’t possible. MPs are all off from next week until the 10th of January so give them a call at their office to arrange something. Remember, you have a right to see your MP, and if you are not able to make it to see them, they should come to you. When they d visit, sit them down with a cup of tea and tell them your fears of losing DLA…..

Read more at http://thebrokenofbritain.blogspot.com/2010/12/say-no-to-dla-cuts-how-to-take-part.html