Disabled asylum seekers’/ immigrants’ rights

Food access under COVID — update to MPs

By winvisibleblog | 26 January 2021 | 3 Comments

To the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee (MPs) Inquiry into COVID-19 and food supply efracom@parliament.uk 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, stopped or disrupted) and have nil, low or reduced income so we can’t afford healthy food and special diet.  Benefits and wages are low, compounded by discrimination in the benefits system and the exclusion of some women in need based … Read more

Our statement to Labour for national disability strategy

By winvisibleblog | 11 December 2020 | 0 Comments

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 included how disabled people’s organisations should be consulted, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a legal framework to uphold our rights, the pay gap and lack of accessibility for disabled employees, the importance of social … Read more

Have your say to recognise caring work & everyone’s right to benefits!

By winvisibleblog | 20 October 2020 | 2 Comments

Dear friends, Your views and support are needed on new proposals for the benefits system from the Commission on Social Security, a claimants’ panel.  Please share this with your friends and networks. Responses to the questionnaire needed by 31 October Disabled mothers and family carers on the Commission, including us, pressed for proposals to include a living wage for carers of disabled people.  And to extend this to mothers. A living wage would recognise the unwaged work which mothers and other carers do, including disabled women ourselves, to ensure the survival and welfare of people … Read more

The Right to Food — webinar Friday 16 Oct 2020

By winvisibleblog | 14 October 2020 | 0 Comments

This Friday morning, WinVisible is speaking at an online event for the Right to Food, held on UN World Food Day. Webinar 10am to 11am. Free registration here This webinar is organised by the Right to Food project at Sustain: the Alliance for Better Food and Farming and HEAR the pan-equality London network, as part of London Challenge Poverty Week. Info below from the joint organisers: “We will hear from speakers about what they believe needs to happen in order to ensure that all Londoners have their right to food respected.“ About this Event “On this webinar we will hear from … Read more

Our sister Manjeet Kaur 1979-2020

By winvisibleblog | 07 May 2020 | 1 Comment

We are very shocked and saddened to hear of the death of our courageous “sister”, Manjeet Kaur, former chair of the organisation RAPAR (Refugee and Asylum Participatory Action Research), who was born on International Women’s Day 1979.  She passed away on 25 April. We first heard about Manjeet in 2014 when the Home Office dismissed her asylum claim as unsuccessful.  So Serco was threatening to make her homeless and evict her, a wheelchair user, from the accommodation they ran in Whalley Range, Manchester.  But Manjeet, RAPAR and friends campaigned and fought her case.  A tribunal … Read more

Tribunal victory gives hope to ‘failure to attend’ benefit victims

By winvisibleblog | 27 February 2020 | 0 Comments

Shared from Disability News Service: By John Pring on 27th February 2020 A disabled woman’s tribunal victory has given hope to claimants who cannot take part in face-to-face benefit assessments for impairment, health, or trauma-related reasons, but then have their claims ended by the government for “failure to attend” their appointments. Jane* spent two years fighting for her benefits to be reinstated, with support from the grassroots group WinVisible** and the charity Child Poverty Action Group, before the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) conceded defeat at the upper tribunal. WinVisible said disabled people who cannot attend face-to-face assessments for … Read more

Claimant-led Commission on Social Security — our say

By winvisibleblog | 05 August 2019 | 1 Comment

We are taking part in the Commission on Social Security, which is led by people with personal experience of claiming benefits.   The Commission is a project supported by the Trust for London, to come up with proposals on how to make the welfare benefits system better.  These proposals will be put to the government.   The Commission gathered people’s views in different ways, including workshops and a questionnaire. WinVisible held two group meetings to answer the questionnaire, bringing overlapping experiences as claimants of sickness and disability benefits, job seekers, disabled mothers and other carers, together.  Read … Read more

Women say: reorient benefits to support us and recognise care work

By winvisibleblog | 29 June 2019 | 1 Comment

Here is our submission to the Labour Policy Forum about benefits and employment, done jointly with the Global Women’s Strike.  Anyone can make a submission, as an individual or organisation, as a Labour Party member or guest.  The consultation ends tomorrow 30 June.  https://www.policyforum.labour.org.uk/commissions Labour policy review – Work, pensions and equality Joint submission from WinVisible (women with visible & invisible disabilities) and Global Women’s Strike Maintain commitments in the 2017 Manifesto and disability manifesto, Nothing About You, Without You, to scrap the Work Capability and Personal Independence Payments assessments, and restore benefits. Elaine Morrall, … Read more

Legal challenge vs Universal Credit — judgement Thur 14 June

By winvisibleblog | 12 June 2018 | 3 Comments

  This Thursday 14 June, at the High Court, Strand, London WC2A 2LL 9.30am: Support disabled claimants at the Joint vigil: Disabled People Against Cuts, Single Mothers’ Self-Defence, WinVisible, Rev Paul Nicolson (Taxpayers Against Poverty), Maggie Zolobajluk, and others. 10am: In court – the judge will announce his ruling.  Check court number here. On Thursday 14 June, the judge will announce his ruling in the case brought by Mr P, a terminally-ill man who lives alone, and other disabled claimants previously on ESA who lost around £180 a month. They were brutally denied severe disability … Read more

Disabled immigrant people’s rights to care and support

By winvisibleblog | 23 April 2018 | 1 Comment

Those of us who are immigrant and disabled (by law this includes mental distress) can still access care, support and accommodation in some situations. Support from Social Services is not counted as a public fund.  It can be provided to people who are barred from getting benefits under ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ (NRPF).  Human rights law says that you should not be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment.  Human rights law can cancel out where you are banned from receiving services. We strongly recommend that you get a solicitor to help you secure these … Read more