Independent living and social care

Grandmother with cancer wins cancellation of care charges debt

By winvisibleblog | 04 February 2024 | 0 Comments
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 ill to deal with them herself. Ms X is a woman of colour, and we don’t know whether racism was also a factor in how she was treated. She says: A MASSIVE ‘thank you’ to all the WinVisible team for … Read more

What is the family court “crisis”?

By winvisibleblog | 29 January 2024 | 0 Comments
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 Court Crisis, a coalition of UK family court experienced parents supporting each other through child welfare proceedings, offering parents and carers a space to talk and share solutions to challenges posed by family proceedings. Family Court Crisis is “an unfunded … Read more

Care charges — our Open Letter to Brent Council

By winvisibleblog | 22 December 2023 | 0 Comments
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 at the Crossroads Women’s Centre. We are London-wide with a UK network, and part of the Scrap Care Charges Campaign and Disability Poverty Campaign Group. We include Brent residents in Kilburn, Harlesden & Kensal Green and other wards. We condemn … Read more

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

By winvisibleblog | 07 December 2023 | 0 Comments
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 End Torture campaign came out of the Hesley Group scandal in Doncaster, where the council was paying £250,000 per young person for residential “special school” placements where they were systematically abused. DMRC and the Support Not Separation coalition, which we … Read more

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

By winvisibleblog | 28 November 2023 | 0 Comments
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 Stop the proposed “Fair and Affordable Care” policy We oppose any cuts to social care which undermine disabled people’s survival; which threaten disabled/older people’s choice of where and how to live; and any increase in people being institutionalised.  We support … Read more

Emma won care charges down to £4.19 a week

By winvisibleblog | 24 August 2023 | 2 Comments

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 have to deal with for-profit company Liberata, not directly-employed council staff.  This approach is similar to privatised disability benefit assessments.  Emma’s case is not resolved as the decision Liberata eventually made about Emma’s charges only applies from April onwards, and … Read more

Camden New Journal — report of Charter launch event

By winvisibleblog | 31 July 2023 | 0 Comments
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 week, adding: “Everyone stigmatises you as a disabled person.  They look at you and say ‘are you sure you can push a pram, in a wheelchair?’  Well why can’t you give me someone to push a pram for me, then?  … Read more

We launched the Disabled Mothers’ Rights Charter!

By winvisibleblog | 15 July 2023 | 0 Comments

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 coverage: Social services in the spotlight over disabled mothers — The Canary New campaign calls out discrimination against disabled mothers — Nadja Camden New Journal report

Disabled Mothers’ Rights Charter launch Wed 12 July 1pm

By winvisibleblog | 30 June 2023 | 1 Comment
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 NW5 2DX Map Bus or overground to Kentish Town Thameslink or Kentish Town West. Note: Kentish Town tube is closed – we’re demanding that a lift be installed! Disabled mothers speak out and launch our Charter of Rights: The Disabled … Read more

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

By winvisibleblog | 28 May 2023 | 1 Comment

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.

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