Get Involved: What’s going on.

There are a range of disability related ongoing campaigns around the internet.  While we have tried to list all the current campaigns concerning disability, we may have missed some.  If you know of a campaign you think should be included please let us know at  disabilitymattersuk@gmail.com.

We do not necessarily endorse any campaign listed below:

Benefits Campaigns:

ESA SOS – The Starting Gun

In a few weeks, I’m going to arrange for some very significant stories to break in the very mainstream press about ESA.I’ve been collecting them for about 6 months and if there’s any justice left at all, they will kill ESA once and for all.They will totally change your perception of ESA and WCAs

http://diaryofabenefitscrounger.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/esa-sos-starting-gun.html

38 Degrees:

ATOS: FAILING ON DISABILITY BENEFIT TESTS

Tens of thousands of people around the country are being thrown into hardship and despair by Atos, a private company that the government pays to carry out tests on people who claim benefits because they are unable to work.

Now, the government’s own watchdog has criticized the government for not fining Atos for its failings.

Can you sign the petition calling on the government to fine Atos?

https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/fine-atos-when-it-fails

WOW Petition

We call for:

A Cumulative Impact Assessment of all cuts and changes affecting sick & disabled people, their families and carers, and a free vote on repeal of the Welfare Reform Act.

http://wowpetition.com/

Accessibility Campaigns:

Action for Access

Action for Access is the campaign for better access for disabled people to shops and businesses in the UK.

We provide information and resources for campaigners and businesses to work together to improve access for everyone.

Follow the four steps below and start campaigning with us today!

http://www.actionforaccess.org/

Political Campaigns:

The Labour Party Bedroom Tax Campaign

From April 13,000 millionaires are getting a tax cut worth £100,000 a year on average while over 600,000 households – including armed forces families, disabled people and foster carers – have to find £728 a year to pay a new bedroom tax.

This isn’t about tough choices, it’s about the wrong choices.

http://www.labour.org.uk/bedroomtaxshare

DPAC Benefits Justice Campaign:

Stop the Benefit Cuts Sat 9th March 11 am, ULU Malet St, London

http://campaigndpac.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/benefit-justice-campaign/

Charity Campaigns:

NDSC Campaigns

The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.

http://www.ndcs.org.uk/about_us/campaign_with_us/index.html

Scope: Free the 100,000

Urgent! Disabled people imprisoned in their own homes and denied everyday freedoms.

There’s a hidden care crisis in our country today.

Over 100,000 people – that’s like the entire population of Chelmsford or Lincoln – are or risk soon being denied the support they need to dress, wash, cook, work, study or take part in their community. Can you imagine it?

http://act.scope.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1677&ea.campaign.id=18314

 

Age UK: Campaign for better care – Care in crisis

The care and support system in England is in crisis. Many of those who need help and support are being badly let down. Age UK has been campaigning to put pressure on the Government to bring about wide-ranging changes to social care.

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/home-and-care/care-in-crisis-campaign/

RNIB: Personal Independence Payment campaign

From 2013 Disability Living Allowance will becomePersonal Independence Payment (PIP).

PIP will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) from 2013, both for new claimants but also for eligible working age claimants (aged 16 to 64) already in receipt of DLA and will continue to be a non-means tested benefit.

http://www.rnib.org.uk/getinvolved/campaign/yourmoney/personalindependence/Pages/pip.aspx

RNIB:  The WCA assessment – Act now!

We have major concerns about the fairness and effectiveness of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), which is used to assess who is eligible for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Take action now by meeting your MP or write to your MP about the WCA today!

http://www.rnib.org.uk/getinvolved/campaign/yourmoney/esa/Pages/ESA_assessment.aspx

MIND: Crisis Care

A mental health crisis is frightening and can be life-threatening. Yet the quality of help you’ll get will depend on where you live.

http://www.mind.org.uk/campaigns_and_issues/current_campaigns/care_in_crisis

MIND: Mental health at work

Right now 1 in 6 workers is dealing with a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or stress.

This can stop people performing at their best. We’re here to help.

Come to our free webinarsdownload our practical guides or come to a training course.

We’ll show you simple, inexpensive and practical ways to improve mental wellbeing and employee engagement.

http://www.mind.org.uk/employment

Muscular Dystrophy: Our Campaigns

Muscle Groups bring together local patients and their families to develop local campaigns to improve services in their communities. Workshops provide an opportunity to meet with other families and get support and advice on condition management, and for keeping members informed on local services and on the charity’s other support programmes.

Local Groups:

http://www.muscular-dystrophy.org/get_involved/campaigns/campaign_muscle_groups

Every Child Matters: Children and Families Bill

On 4th February 2013 the Government introduced the Children and Families Bill to Parliament including clauses which reform the system of support for children with special educational needs.

The Department for Education has described the Children and Families Bill as ‘the biggest reform in 30 years’.

Campaign with us

EDCM will keep supporters updated on how they can join us in calling for improvements to the Bill to ensure that disabled children and their families receive the support they need to lead ordinary lives. Read here to find out what you can do now.

http://www.edcm.org.uk/campaigns-and-policy/children-and-families-bill.aspx

Trailblazers: Campaigns

Trailblazers is a national campaigning network. At the moment we are running nine national investigations as part of our Inclusion Now campaign:

  • Access to public transport
  • Access to and through education
  • Access to leisure facilities
  • Access to employment
  • Access to tourism
  • Access to cinemas
  • Highlighting disability harassment and hate crimes
  • Access to housing and independent living
  • Access to aviation

We are always looking for new campaigners and researchers, so if you would like to make a difference in your area join us today.

http://www.mdctrailblazers.org/campaigns

Government Consultations:

The Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013

Who this consultation is aimed at

We welcome comments from stakeholders primarily parents who live apart, representative organizations for parents who live apart or their children, representatives of the legal profession and members of the general public with an interest in child maintenance issues.

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/2013/child-support-regs.shtml

Statistics on people and households claiming Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment and other benefits: Plans for 2013-2017

This consultation describes the proposed changes to some DWP Official Statistics over the period 2013 to 2017. It invites views on the proposed changes and the future of DWP benefit (including Personal Independence Payment and Universal Credit) statistics.

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/2013/stats-plans-2013-2017.shtml

Direct payments for healthcare consultation

A public consultation on changes to the regulations for direct payments for healthcare is published today. Direct payment, where money is given directly to an individual for the management of their NHS care, is one way of managing a personal health budget. They are currently only lawful within DH-approved pilot sites.

http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/2013/03/direct-payments-consultation/

2 thoughts on “Get Involved: What’s going on.

  1. Thank you for all these useful resources. life with disabilities is very stressful and this is made even more difficult and painful by the lack of co-operation from the DWP who believe they know better than our consultants who are experts on our conditions.
    Do you know anything about Persistent Post Concussion Syndrome?
    I have had this condition for six years now and am unlikely recover.

    • Thank you Ursula, sorry your having such a tough time. I havent come accross your condition before, it sounds very debilitating. Is there any particular type of info or resource you need?

      Beth

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