May 222011

Merry kindly gave us permission to share her letter to her MP Rob Wilson urging him to support Jeremy Corbyn’s  Early Day Motion.

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Sent: Sat, 21 May 2011 14:06
Subject: disabled people

Hi Rob,

I have just retired,gratefully, it must be said.  But as you know, I am disabled and I’m thoroughly disturbed by the many different ways that life has become harder for disabled people in general and those who work – or try to – in particular.
I have been dependent on Access to Work for many years now.  First they helped me with a special office chair; then I needed a driver and eventually I needed a PA/driver.  Whilst A2W was never perfect, it provided help without which work would have become impossible.  With it, I think I made a small but important contribution to society via my role as a social care inspector.  I am hugely concerned to hear that A2W is facing a cutback in resources.  It is already so hard for most of us to secure employment … but of course when we do, the Treasury benefits because we then pay taxes.
Please support Jeremy Corbyn’s Early Day Motion.  I would also ask you to read the information accumulating about the suffering caused by Atos’s assessments of those claiming Incapacity Benefit (etc).  You can’t be satisfied with the idea that they are causing suicides.  And surely you must take heed of the many voices (including a variety of professional organisations) criticising Atos.  This process MUST be improved dramatically – or scrapped, before it does any more harm.
Merry Wahogo
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  One Response to “Letter to MP urging him to support Early day motion 1836 EMPLOYMENT OF DISABLED”

  1. I am as always grateful for any information relevant to disabled people facing cuts, like myself. But I would just like to mention a couple of things:-

    (1) Very few MPs take any notice of any of their constituents, even non disabled ones. I no longer bother contacting mine and have been ignored by various others as well. Maybe a register of MPs that actually write back or even read what you have written to them/tried to tell them?

    (2) I have never found any so-called ‘targetted’ specialist help for the disabled anywhere in the UK, especially among government run so-called ‘services’ like the Job Centres. Just because a person calls themselves a ‘specialist’ doesn’t mean they are, and targeted help means absolutely nothing in practise anywhere in the UK. Also the only help to get disabled people into self-employment is exactly the same self-employment advice you can get anywhere else but it’s a lot harder to get hold of the people and they are less informed, therefore I would really like to know why these things shouldn’t be cut back or preferably replaced with something better in the first place which disabled people have actually recommended and found useful.

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