Breaches of rights under COVID — list by Disability News Service

Disability groups including WinVisible have condemned the government’s breaches of rights under COVID. Reactions here. Here is the full list compiled by DNS: 1 Ministers failed to offer recipients of so-called legacy benefits such as ESA the same £20-a-week benefit increase given to those on universal credit. 2 The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) took … Read more

Campaigners challenge blanket ban on care homes residents’ visits out

Press release shared from Leigh Day: John’s Campaign, which has campaigned for the rights of families and care homes residents throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, has launched a legal challenge to a blanket ban on visits out of care homes by residents aged over 65 and the requirement for those who are permitted to leave the … Read more

Care Act rights to be restored

We are sharing the statement from Inclusion London: “On the 25th of March 2021, the House of Commons debated the one year review of the Coronavirus Act. This was an opportunity for the Government to restore Disabled people’s rights taken away by the Coronavirus Act. On 19 March, along with other leading Disabled People’s organisations, … Read more

Restore Care Act rights — #Scrap the easements!

On Thursday 25 March, the Coronavirus Act comes up for review by Parliament after one year in force, with a vote by MPs on whether temporary provisions should be renewed. Watch the debate in Parliament online here. We are sharing the open letter co-ordinated by Inclusion London. 27 disability organisations, WinVisible among them, are calling … Read more

Hospital visits — your right to have someone with you

When you are a patient in hospital, have an appointment there, or are taken to Accident & Emergency, it can be even more scary alone.  Having a close family member, close friend, carer or personal assistant with you is possible under COVID. There is official NHS guidance on this, document reference C1112. Who you can … Read more

Disability benefits: STOP the reviews

Arianna from Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty is speaking at our Zoom workshop on Wednesday 17 March 1.30pm-3pm, about this campaign. Register on Eventbrite here. Shared from ECAP: Disability Benefits Must be Extended Indefinitely – STOP the Reviews! Several claimants being supported by ECAP recently received letters informing them that either their Personal Independence Payment or … Read more

Welcome to WinVisible’s workshops on Zoom

Welcome to WinVisible’s workshops on Zoom — three dates and topics coming up: Starting on Wednesday 17 March 1.30pm-3pm Women fighting for disability benefit rights under COVID How we win exemption from the hated interviews – Andie Left in limbo on basic Universal Credit: fighting Maximus and DWP “inconclusive” work capability telephone interview – S … Read more

Sat 6 Feb: Universal Credit — join online day of action against £20 cut

Say NO to the proposed £20 per week cut to Universal Credit Fight for £20 increase for claimants on other benefits We invite everyone to join the National Day of Action to fight plans to scrap the £20 uplift to Universal Credit.  Called by Disabled People Against Cuts, Homes For All campaign and People Before … Read more

Food access under COVID — update to MPs

To the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee (MPs) Inquiry into COVID-19 and food supply Update from WinVisible of our evidence to Committee last year on food supply and food access (your ref: COV0106) Disabled women are still struggling with food supply, lack support to cook and eat food (social care services not provided, … Read more

Our statement to Labour for national disability strategy

On 8 December, WinVisible was among disability organisations, union and other representatives invited to a Roundtable discussion with Labour leader Keir Starmer MP, Marsha de Cordova (Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities) and Vicky Foxcroft MP (Shadow Minister for Disabled People) on Zoom to put forward recommendations towards Labour’s national disability strategy. Topics … Read more