Some much needed positive news....
As most of you know
Sue Marsh has been co-ordinating a report researched, authored and
funded by sick and disabled people which is released formally on
As happens with every government welfare report, mysteriously,
somehow, details leaked out to the media yesterday and so the coverage
has already started. It turns out that Boris Johnson's submission to the
DLA reform consultation which closed in February 2011 was the smoking
gun we needed and the government hoped no-one would ever find. The
Mayor's submission stood out from the other consultation responses, not
because it was supportive of our claims (almost all the submissions
were) but because it was incredibly thoughtful, well written and
researched. Some people are concerned that this may be to do with
forthcoming mayoral elections. Whilst we understand the concern, we do
not believe that is the case as the Mayor's submission was completed in
February 2011 along with all the other submissions. It would be very
helpful if we could all let Boris Johnson know how much we appreciate
his carefully considered and supportive statement over the weekend.
We desperately need to keep up the momentum over the weekend to ensure this becomes an even bigger story.
all need to pull together to make this happen. If everyone shares the
news on their facebook, twitter, google+, blog, email list, friends,
family etc we can keep the focus on the report.
AllBigIdeas is collating a list of the news articles here and so far we've had coverage in;
The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Mirror and The Mail!!
Yes, you read that correctly. No you're not dreaming. The Daily Mail
have actually covered a welfare story, from a welfare campaigners
perspective and had to include the fact that the fraud rate for DLA is
only 0.5%. Left Foot Forward
have always led the way amongst the political blogs with their support
for sick and disabled people's campaign against the Welfare Reform Bill
and have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help us. They would
never ask us for anything in return, but one way we can all thank them
for their support is to ensure their articles are widely publicised.
So please, share these stories everywhere, with everyone you
know. Leave your opinion in the comment threads, email the papers,
contact your local media, tell everyone and anyone. Keep watch here, on Sue's blog and The Broken of Britain and Where's The Benefit for us letting you know the latest developments and most of all take a moment to step back and think.
Finally we are breaking through. We can be ignored no longer. We have
truth and justice on our side. The next few weeks will be the fight of
our lives, but no-one is better prepared for that than us. We are people
who face and overcome challenges in our everyday lives bigger than many
ever have to face in a lifetime. We are used to dealing with confusing
bureaucracy, lack of proper support and having to find our own
solutions. Above all we know how to endure, that however dark the night,
tomorrow will be another day and eventually we find another way.
If you are scared, remember you are not alone. We have come
together to show the true power of our community and that we will not be
ignored. If you think you won't be affected by these cuts, remember
those who will. If you think it'll never happen to you, remember
anyone's life can and does change in an instant. We fight this battle
not just for ourselves, but for you, your family and loved ones to make
sure that in the darkest times of your life the protection you need and
have given to us will be there for you.
With love from Kaliya and Sue.
"Alone We Whisper. Together We Shout"