Grandmother with cancer wins cancellation of care charges debt

Women protesting outside a town hall building, most are disabled. Some hold the WinVisible banner. Others hold placards saying Care charges = Violence against women. We want free homecare as in Hammersmith & Fulham. No ifs, no buts, no care cuts.

A grandmother with cancer was pursued by Tower Hamlets council for £2,600 care charges arrears. Her debt was written off after our battle lasting over nine months, with various twists and turns.  Several times, WinVisible quickly had to write to the council asking them to hold off debt recovery, on occasions when she felt too … Read more

What is the family court “crisis”?

Title image of the Family Court Crisis Unconference with white on black writing and drawing of a child sitting with head on knees.

On Saturday 20 January, Anne Neale from Support Not Separation and Tracey Norton from the Disabled Mothers’ Rights Campaign (DMRC)/WinVisible spoke about “What is the family court “crisis”? Watch below on YouTube (captions). Anne gives a general overview, Tracey’s talk starts around 15 mins along. This started off a free online conference organised by Family … Read more

Care charges — our Open Letter to Brent Council

WinVisible women holding our banner and placards at a protest against care charges.

16 December 2023 To: Cllr Neil Nerva, Cabinet member, Public Health and Adult Social Care cllr.neil.nerva@brent.gov.uk Andrew Davies, Head of Commissioning, Contract and Market Management andrew.davies@brent.gov.uk Open letterResponse to Brent Adult Social Care Charging Policy Consultation Consultation info We are writing from WinVisible (women with visible and invisible disabilities), a multi-racial grassroots self-help organisation, based … Read more

Event Mon 11 Dec: End torture of disabled people in residential ‘care’ settings

Image for meeting End Torture of disabled people in residential 'care' settings. A Black woman is speaking into a megaphone standing next to Big Ben, Parliament.

Meeting in Parliament Monday 11 December, 3-5pm Grimond Room, Portcullis House, SW1A 2JH (allow extra time for security check) Westminster tube The Disabled Mothers’ Rights Campaign (DMRC) / WinVisible and other disability rights organisations are speaking at this meeting by the Alliance for Inclusive Education, Disabled People Against Cuts and Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance.   The … Read more

Bristol: Stop the proposed “Fair and Affordable Care” policy

Bristol Reclaiming Independent Living logo. BRIL in a circle.

Open Letter sent from disability organisations 27 November 2023 (signatories updated 31 January To: Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol mayor@bristol.gov.uk Cllr Helen Holland, Cabinet member, Adult Social Care cllr.helen.holland@bristol.gov.uk Council officers: Mette.Jakobsen@bristol.gov.uk    James.Mahood@bristol.gov.uk    Hugh.Evans@bristol.gov.uk Emma Edwards, leader of the Green Group   Cllr.Emma.Edwards@bristol.gov.uk Cllr Jos Clark – leader of the Lib Dem Group  cllr.jos.clark@bristol.gov.uk OPEN LETTER … Read more

Emma won care charges down to £4.19 a week

Thanks to My London news and reporter Joe Coughlan, read Emma’s story below.    WinVisible says: Our member Emma is severely disabled and won reduced care charges down to £4.19 a week, from £48.27, with our support.  She is due a cash refund from Bromley Council.  Bromley has privatised who decides care charges, so people … Read more

Camden New Journal — report of Charter launch event

A diverse array of people, mainly women, in a meeting hall, some seated at the front, are smiling and some are making the power salute, in front of the Disabled Mothers' Rights Campaign banner.

Disabled mothers called for an end to the forceful removal of children from parents who are deemed “unfit” to be carers just because they have a disability, writes Frankie Lister-Fell. “If motherhood was inclusive, we wouldn’t be gathered here today”, Kelechi Chioba, member of WinVisible, said at a packed out meeting in Kentish Town last … Read more

We launched the Disabled Mothers’ Rights Charter!

Our Disabled Mothers’ Rights Campaign brings women with disabilities together to defend our rights to have a family and to keep our children.  Easy Read about our campaign is here On 12 July, we launched the Disabled Mothers’ Rights Charter — read our six demands here. To endorse the Charter, contact us at mumsrights@winvisible. org Media … Read more

Disabled Mothers’ Rights Charter launch Wed 12 July 1pm

Disabled mothers speaking out at the monthly picket of the central Family Court, held by Support Not Separation.

Launch of the Disabled Mothers’ Rights Charter Wed 12 July 2023   1- 3pm Easy Read info In person and on Zoom – register free here – contact us if support needed for online registration, or just come along on the day. Contact us if you need childcare. At Crossroads Women’s Centre, 25 Wolsey Mews, London … Read more

‘It’s a tax on disability’: rising UK social care costs force many into debt

Disabled people are paying “a tax on disability” by being forced to fund soaring care charges out of their benefits as the cost of living pushes care users into financial crisis . . . [WinVisible] said some disabled women are being coerced into sex by acquaintances after turning to them for care because they couldn’t pay care charges.