Admittedly I was a bit slow in blogging about the campaign against proposals to shake up DLA and AA payments.

But, still, what has happened in the first couple of weeks of the campaign is extraordinary.

Organisers had hoped to persuade 1,000 claimants, carers and support workers to back the campaign as part of a 100-day fight to prevent the Government’s green paper from progressing any further.

They exceeded that number within 24 hours and currently around 19,000 people have signed up. The response has been so great that a dedicated site has been set up to try and help co-ordinate all the responses.

The next stage of the campaign is focusing on politicians.

Organisers are asking supporters to contact their MP or regional assembly member and ask them what they are going to do about this issue – something I’ll be doing this week in a letter to our lavishly-haired local MP.

Summer is traditionally regarded as quite a slow period for news and campaigns.

I’m delighted this one seems to be the exception to the rule.


One response »

  1. Rosemary says:

    Hi Paul,

    Hope you are both well.

    Really pleased you have highlighted these issues.Although the proposals in the Green paper are very vague,just the fact they are mentioned is enough to set the alarm bells off.

    Carer Watch have been in contact with B&W for a few weeks now, plus there are other campaigning groups shooting up.Links are on the CW blog.
    Hopefully by all working together we can stop these proposals in their tracks.

    This link may interest you… about 40 entries to date over several pages.Statements from individuals/groups/organisations.

    One issue that keeps coming up is that during the govts consultations prior to the Green paper being published,general taxation as an option kept getting mentioned yet the govt left it out.

    So have they predetermined the outcome of the current Big Care debate? Are they in effect trying to rubberstamp something they have aleady decided on? Makes you wonder eh …

    Who knows if a proposal for general taxation would have been supported.We will never know now though.

    Hope you both have an enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend.


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