I am asking all my loyal readers and comrades to spare 3 minutes of their time and send the following postcard picture and message to the 3 Welsh Labour leadership candidates, plus other important figures who will be able to influence Welsh Government thinking with regard to the Welsh Independent Living Grant.
The email can be copied and pasted from below. It should include an inline image of the postcard to maximise impact. The end of WILG is imminent and we MUST keep up the pressure and show those in power that we are not going anywhere. We will continue to protest and defend the rights of disabled people with high care and support needs across Wales.
Help us do this by sending the email below. Thanks, as ever, for your support.
SUBJECT: Save the Welsh Independent Living Grant (#SaveWILG)
Message to Mark Drakeford AM, Eluned Morgan AM, Vaughan Gething AM (Delete as appropriate)
This is a crucial time for the future of Social Care in Wales. The SSWBA is an excellent piece of legislation, but it will take many years to come to fruition.
In the meantime, WILG recipients will be at the mercy of local authorities who are unprepared for this Act and are already threatening substantial cuts in the care and support services that recipients need to function as a part of their local communities.
We are calling on the Welsh Government to reconsider the decision to end WILG as of April 2019 and fully explore the alternative options while listening to recipients and party members who voted overwhelmingly for a motion to save WILG at the Welsh Labour conference in April 2018.
Our campaign to save WILG has won cross party support, two motions have been passed, a number of MP’s and AM’s have lent their support including Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. We have also had the backing of Unions and celebrities such as Ken Loach who all agree that the Freedom of Information work that we have done provides glaring evidence that disabled people with high care and support needs require and are entitled to third party support from an independent body.
The 3 candidates can be emailed at the following addresses:
Mark Drakeford AM: Mark.Drakeford@assembly.wales
Eluned Morgan AM: Eluned.Morgan@assembly.wales
Vaughan Gething AM: Vaughan.Gething@gov.wales
While you are at it the same message could also be sent to the Minister for Older People, Children and Social Care Huw Irranca-Davies who is currently responsible for WILG. He can be contacted at Huw.Irranca-Davies@assembly.wales
It is also important that we continue to put pressure on the Petitions Committee who need to realise that NOW is the time to write a report on WILG to help preserve disabled peoples rights in Wales and force the Welsh Government to take the necessary steps and #SaveWILG.
David Rowlands: DavidJ.Rowlands@assembly.wales
Janet Finch Saunders: Janet.Finch-Saunders@Assembly.Wales
Mike Hedges: Mike.Hedges@assembly.wales
Rhun Ap Iopwerth: firstname.lastname@example.org
Neil McEvoy: Neil.McEvoy@assembly.wales
Any help and support you can give would be much appreciated. Together we can make a difference…