Wed 17 April – join Bristol open meeting

Please join this timely online event organised by Bristol Reclaiming Independent Living (BRIL) — we’ll be speaking on the panel:

Wednesday 17 April 2024, 6.30pm-9pm 

Cuts, charges and co-production

BSL interpretation provided * CC closed captions

BRIL and supporters oppose the hated “Fair and Affordable Care” proposals by Bristol City Council, and the cuts budget which the council recently passed – the budget affects even more disabled residents than the original policy.  Read BRIL’s statement here.  BRIL will give a campaign update.  They say: “This open meeting hosted by BRIL is an opportunity for disabled people and allies to come together and share our experiences and thoughts about adult social care cuts, charges and co-production.”

Two drawings: hands hold a copy of the Care Act. A disabled mum sits in her wheelchair, her son is standing next to her leaning into her shoulder.

WinVisible/Disabled Mothers’ Rights Campaign (part of the Support Not Separation coalition) will discuss how council spending on “child protection” – the massive fees paid to the privatised child removal industry which profits from the trauma inflicted on mothers and children “looked after” in institutions where abuse is rife – is affecting budgets for adult social care and other needs.   

Disabled mothers are fighting an uphill battle against the disability discrimination, sexism, racism and class bias of social services who are separating children from loving mothers, rather than providing the support we are legally entitled to, to keep families together.  We’ll discuss the impact of care cuts and charges on disabled women and other family carers, and how through collective self-help and campaigning we can work together and win cases.   

Speakers include:

Rick Burgess – Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People

Kevin Caulfield – Disabled activist from Hammersmith & Fulham who led the successful campaign against charging

Claire Glasman – WinVisible/Disabled Mothers’ Rights Campaign

Tracey Lazard – Inclusion London

Followed by questions and discussion

Register free on Eventbrite here.  Contact us at WinVisible if support needed.

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