Have your say about DLA & AA

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Have your say about DLA & AA

Postby miajane » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:32 pm

I've just received the following email from works and benefits. The first link is so you can have your say on the paper and what the changes would mean to you. If the link doesn't work copy and paste it into your browser.
Your opinion matters so even if it's just one sentence it would show the government that this is not what most of us want.
My comment is awaiting moderation at mo, but you should be able to see it soon I posted it today under my name of Maria Beadle so you can see what I wrote.

Dear Maria,

Just a brief update on what's happening with the campaign, which now has 22,692 members.

The number of responses on the government's own green paper website has more than quadrupled since we asked you to post there last Tuesday. The number of posts on the executive summary page - where the vast majority of responses are published - has risen from 133 to 640 in the course of the last week. The overwhelming majority of posts are strongly against any changes to disability benefits. You can read the responses, and add your own, here:


We would strongly urge you to have your say here if you haven't already. The green paper argues that:

"And because the decision is so fundamental to our society, we believe that there must be a clear consensus across society on which option is preferred before we decide which is the right option for England."

This is your chance to make it clear that there is absolutely no consensus for a raid on disability benefits. So, please, keep those responses coming. Anything from a single sentence to hundreds of words is fine, just so long as you have your say.

Campaigners in Cornwall ran an excellent petition signing event last week. They got coverage on local tv and radio and even managed to oblige a minister in London to make a statement on the issue. You can watch the impressively produced video and learn more about planned events in:

Bristol 28 September
Taunton 29 September

at http://www.politicalcripple.com/d/

Meanwhile, the government's own green paper events, the "Big Care Debate public roadshows, where members of the public can discuss and have their say", are happening around the country. The next events are in the North East (including Darlington tomorrow), the East Midlands and the North West.

The 'debates' include the chance to watch videos, talk to representatives and post on the green paper website. The events are likely to be carefully stage-managed and positive feedback from them may well be used to justify aspects of the eventual government decision.

If you want to attend and help ensure the feedback is genuinely representative, a full list of dates and venues is available from:

http://careandsupport.direct.gov.uk/new ... -schedule/

Welfare Watch now have a forum dedicated to responses from MPs, so please consider adding any reply you get to those already on their free forum at:


The Benefits and Work office will be closed for annual leave for the next two Tuesdays, so there won't be any more emails from us before Tuesday 22 September. But remember that you can post your news in the Benefits and Work forum, if you're a member, at:

http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/forum? ... t&catid=13

and/or in the free welfare watch forums at:


You can also keep up with news about opposition to the green paper at the Carer Watch campaign blog:


Good luck,

Steve Donnison

Please feel free to forward or publish this email.
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Re: Have your say about DLA & AA

Postby anne1206 » Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:47 pm

I got this email too, we are certainly not giving up without a fight.
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Re: Have your say about DLA & AA

Postby shazq » Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:58 pm

I also got the e-mail, so will everyone else who signed the form.

Just goes to show that there are lots of us.
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Re: Have your say about DLA & AA

Postby smiler22 » Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:05 am

i also got the email too. the heading make me laugh. i though t aa was acholhol annonymous....... i havent read the email in full so maybe it is alcohol what it. i am too tired to read it all at mo so if i have mistunderstood it then im soorrry.
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