Show your support for Not Dead Yet UK on Friday 16th January
The House of Lords will be in committee again to debate Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill on Friday 16th January 2015. They will be specifically looking at amendments concerning the definition of terminal illness and the role of doctors in 'assisted death'.
Not Dead Yet UK (NDYUK) will once again be showing its opposition and its strength by gathering outside the Houses of Parliament from around 0800 hrs until 1300 hrs at the latest.
One of the principle organisors Liz Carr asks:
"Please do your best to join us on the day and let us know if you have ideas for how we can make our point more effectively. We cannot let this change in the law take place. Please join in and make your voices heard".
It would help NDYUK if you would register on their website in order to receive their newsletter and other important information about forthcoming events etc.
Iain Duncan Smith has made sure that the information available on the Department of Works & Pensions (DWP) web site has supported his claim that he is successfully saving the country untold millions of pounds by 'weeding out the work-shy'.
He's painted a picture, usually with the help of his right wing tabloid friends, that those people who were claiming to be chronically sick and disabled were in fact fit for work. He even presented figures to Parliament that showed over 75% of incapacity claimants had been found to be fit for work after undergoing a Work Capability Assessment ... Lies, all lies!
Figures released by the DWP make a complete mockery of these earlier claims. They in fact reveal that 93% of long term sick claimants HAVE qualified for Employment & Support Allowance, with 81% qualifying for intensive support on the grounds of severe health problems.
The latest figures from the DWP publishing 'scores' for Work Capability Assessments carried out between January and March 2014 show that 93% of longer term incapacity benefit claimants qualified for Employment & Support Allowance with just 6% being found 'fit for work' - most of whom will appeal (with almost half of them winning their appeal and having their benefits reinstated!).
Following the loss of our court case in December against the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) you'd be forgiven for thinking that we've given up the fight.
WRONG - we're still here and we're still as determined as ever to get the government see sense and keep the ILF for those disabled people that need it.
WE plan to let politicians know we are still here and are neither going away nor allowing ourselves to become prisoners in institutions or our own homes. Our place is in the community alongside our family, friends and neighbours and we're fighting to stay.
We're therefore planning a further series of mass actions in London in 2015 in an attempt to save the ILF. The first of these is to be held at 1.30pm on TUESDAY 6TH JANUARY at the House of Commons. We will meet in the central hall (just through security) and suggest people arrive for 1.00pm to allow time to get through security.
We need as many disabled people and their supporters to join us for this mass visit to parliament. We need you to be THERE and be SEEN.
Join us for a lobby of parliament on January 6th 2015. Let’s kick off Revenge Tour campaigning (2015) by making sure we let politicians know we are still here and are neither going away, nor allowing ourselves to become prisoners in institutions or our own homes.
Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) are offering to help with specific access needs or help towards travel costs. You can contact them by email: email@example.com
SEE YOU ALL THERE!