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

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

Norfolk: Anger that £1m repayments to disabled people are ‘credit notes’

Shared from Eastern Daily Press: By Dan Grimmer on 13 January 2021 Campaigners for disabled people have hit out at Norfolk County Council’s method of repaying  £1m after a judicial review ruled it had acted unlawfully. The outcome of a judicial review means Norfolk County Council will have to repay about £1m to some 3,200 disabled people … Read more

Liverpool CC – our response to care & pet charges consultation

Here is our joint response to the consultation. See below, the report on the consultation findings is going to the Cabinet meeting on 5 February 2021 “for a decision as to whether to implement any of the proposed policy changes“. 28 December 2020 Adult Services Consultation Liverpool City Council Joint response from Sue Ferguson and … Read more

Win against Norfolk charges increase!

Congratulations to S and M who bravely put themselves forward and took on Norfolk County Council for increasing care charges and cutting the Minimum Income Guarantee — the amount of money we are “allowed” to keep. This ruling exposes the injustice of Councils making disabled women and men with high needs pay high charges. Also … Read more

Stop higher charges by Liverpool City Council

Until Wednesday 16 December (midnight), Liverpool City Council is consulting about changes to their charging policy, which they want to bring in from January. Changes include increasing the hourly rate which people may have to pay, up from £10/hour to the full cost, and charging for pet care while people are in hospital. In other … 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

Norfolk care charges — court challenge

This week Wednesday 2 and Thursday 2 December, the legal challenge by a disabled woman and her mother against care charges by Norfolk County Council is in the High Court (remote hearing). This Judicial Review comes after two years of Disability Network Norfolk group members fighting these charges and a year since starting the legal … Read more

Disabled people denied support and health services — survey confirms

A YouGov survey of disabled people out today, confirms disabled women’s experiences under the COVID-19 measures — being denied basic support services, ventilator filters and other medical treatment. And this survey is of people under pension age, not pensioners who have been especially targetted. We said in our submissions to Parliament, that this is not … Read more

Council faces anger over ‘inexcusable’ increase in care charges in middle of pandemic

A mixed picket of disabled women and men. Some of the women are holding WinVisible's banner. A placard says: Scrap Social Care charges -- a tax on disability.

Report shared from Disability News Service: By John Pring on 24th September 2020 Campaigners have asked a local authority why it has taken the “inexcusable” step of increasing care charges for disabled people in the middle of a pandemic. Greenwich council was warned last year that planned increases to the contributions disabled service-users have to make towards council-funded care would … Read more