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This is a pincer attack on the rights of disabledpeople. If we just focus on the 1.5 million peoplewith the most signiﬁcant disabilities - over the nextfour years they are likely to lose:• £4.6 billion in social care support• £4 billion in disability living allowance• Termination of ILF• Cuts to Supporting People• Many further cuts in housing support• Reductions to other beneﬁts - especially for those not in workSo, more than £8 billion of the total £27 billion(>>25%) which government is saving fromdepartmental budgets is being born by less than 3%
And many other cuts will continue tofall on:• People with less severe, but still signiﬁcant, disabilities• People with mental health problems• Women suffering domestic violence• People not in work• Refugees and asylum centralised welfareand we are already the most seekersstate - and the 3rd most unequal society after USAand Portugal
An economic crisis caused by thebursting of a bubble created by...• Bankers who beneﬁted from bonuses• Home owners who beneﬁted from unsustainable house price increases• Investors who beneﬁted from unsustainable proﬁts in ﬁnance industry• Politicians who beneﬁted from the illusion of a booming economyWho did not beneﬁt from the bubble?- the poor and disabled people
Not just cuts - but targeted cutsProtected CutPensions Disability beneﬁtsHealthcare Social CareEducation Social Housing£350 billion out of £500 £40 billion Special, marginal, for ‘theUniversal, mainstream, for ‘ordinary poor & unfortunate’ orpeople like us’ ‘scroungers’ Delivered by complex andDelivered by nationalised systems with diﬀuse systems with lowhigh visibility visibility
The cuts are just a symptom - thereare long-standing problems toaddress• Weak entitlements - eligibility thresholds high and rising, housing rights weak, legal rights weak• Super-taxation for disabled people - means- testing, charging• Poverty traps - beneﬁt systems that punish families, savers, earners and disabled people• Weakened families - support focused on crises,family control undermined, families disrespected• Imprisonment for many - up to 20,000 people with learning difficulties in prison• Pre-birth and at-birth eugenics - 92% abortion
Perhaps we could1. Do nothing - the cuts are inevitable - nothing can be done, we just have to cope the best we can - the world is simply unfair2. Rely upon others - other people and organisations are already set up to campaign - we don’t need another campaign we’ve got nothing new to add3. Just stay positive - there will be positive opportunities for change and reform in the cuts - this is really a good thing - it will help break the reliance on ‘services’ ...or alternatively
There are some opportunities,amidst thethe values - deﬁne the• Clarify madness beliefs that help us make progress• Improve practice - innovate and reform using technologies that we know work• Build bridges - connect with each other and with other groups for mutual support• Advocate change - propose policy and legislation that supports
This crisis is part of thethird phase of de-institutionalisation1. Closing institutions2. Personalising services3. Reforming welfareTo put people fully incontrol of their own lives.......as equal citizens. We didn’t expect this to be easy?
• Next steps for an ordinary life - new and oldThe story so far... on the future for people with leaders met to reﬂect learning difficulties.• Comprehensive Spending Review - individuals and organisations begin to realise what is going to happen.• Something must be done - letter to be published in the Times - but to what purpose?• Campaign is born - 1,000+ individuals sign up, plus many organisational members - initial structures developed...• Scottish Campaign - major event and manifesto written ...lots achieved in 4• Welsh Campaign - steering group formed 2 weeks months ago
Our PurposeEveryone is equal, no matter their differences ordisabilities. A fair society sees each of its members as afull citizen - a unique person with a life of their own. Afair society is organised to support everyone to live afull life, with meaning and respect.
Scottish manifesto & Joint Human Rights Committee1. human rights: this means embracing the European Convention on Human Rights... a fundamental redesign of the obligations of government at every level to secure citizenship for all.2. the right to support as an objective right established in law: this will remove the dependency of older and disabled people on ‘gifts’ from professionals...3. provide families and individuals with early support: this will prevent crises, reduce the need for expensive interventions, and end the indignity of severe eligibility thresholds.4. put people back in control of their own lives: this will enhance personal autonomy and dignity by restoring people’s right to control both their lives and any essential support that they need.5. good housing: this will give people the right to live in their own accessible homes, with a choice of the full range of different types of tenure...6. guaranteed minimum income free from means-testing: this will create the necessary incentives for people to work and make contributions to civic life...7. end the current super-tax on older and disabled people levied through local authority charges: this will end the indignity of older people having to spend or give away all their savings...
Seven key principles...1.Family - we give families the support they need to look after each other.2.Citizenship - we are all of equal value and all have unique and positive contributions to make.3.Community - we root support and services in local communities.4.Connection - we all get chances to make friends and build relationships.5.Capacity - we help each other to be the best that we can be.6.Equality - we all share the same basic rights and entitlements.
The possible scope of theCampaign• People with learning difficulties• Older people• Children and families• Disabled people• Mental health• Women and children• The poor• Community sector• Local government