Liverpool & Merseyside campaign vs Budget cuts

Together with campaigner Sue Ferguson, we’re working with Liverpool Against the Cuts against the increased care charges passed by Liverpool City Council in December 2021, and further Budget cuts to social care and other services in 2022. Sue spoke out to Disability News Service. People from the Scrap Care Charges campaign, including in the North … Read more

Public interest news: Greenwich diverted £21m funds away from social care before charges hike

THANK YOU 853 London news for breaking this story. This shows that Greenwich had previously diverted £21m of the government Better Care Fund away from social care, then increased charges from our disability benefits to squeeze another £1.6m from disabled residents. (The Better Care Funds from government are meant for support in the community so … Read more

Camden charged with lacking care

Reprinted from Camden New Journal, 28 October 2021, “John Gulliver”, page 15 — some additions in square brackets. Camden charged with lacking care Why is Camden charging vulnerable people for home care when other Labour councils do not? In 2017, the Care Act 2014 was replaced with legislation that allowed local authorities to charge for … Read more

Care charges push pensioner below legal minimum income level

Norfolk pensioner Valerie Bradley contacted WinVisible about the court ruling against Norfolk County Council, and asked us to publish her statement. She writes: “I received an email from the complaints manager Imogen Palmer. According to her, as l am over pension age, she states that the judicial review does not apply to me because l … 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

Norfolk CC to repay £1m care charges? Watch Council meeting Tues 10am

Marilyn from Disability Network Norfolk writes: Do you or someone you care for have concerns about working age disabled persons Care charges? Norfolk CC cabinet meet to discuss their response to their discrimination Tues 12th Jan. 10a.m The YouTube link to the live meeting is Shared from Eastern Daily Press: Council to agree £1m … 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