New developments! Please read
Great news on the ESA Amendment! at George Potter’s blog.
DPAC is calling upon all members to write to the Lib Dems to build support for a motion being put forward at their annual conference on September 17th about fundamental changes to the Employment and Support Allowance assessment system.
The Lib Dem motion, to be proposed by Liberal Youth, will make five key demands including calling for:
– a clearer assessment process,
– greater accuracy in assessment, particularly for those with fluctuating conditions,
– ensuring disabled people get the support they need
– all claimants on appeal to be given access to adequate representation
– a less stressful assessment process
An amendment to the motion put forward by George Potter relates to the difficulties currently faced by disabled people placed in the Work Related Activity Group, many of whom have fluctuating conditions which may vary widely from day to day, who face the ongoing threat of having their benefits sanctioned if they fail to fully comply with conditions imposed on them regardless of how difficult this may be for them.
Lib Dem Youth believe that the government will listen if the motion is passed.
DPAC would ask its members to contact your Lib Dem MPs, MEPs, councillors and peers to urge them to vote in favour of the motion. You can find their contact details at www.parliament.uk If your MP is not a Lib Dem then please write instead to Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister and Simon Hughes, deputy leader of the Lib Dems who it is very important to influence.
Nick Clegg, deputy PM, Cabinet Office, 70, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2AS or firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon Hughes, deputy leader Lib Dems, Lib Dem head office, 4,Cowley Street, London, SW1P 3NB or email@example.com
Please send us copies of any letters you do send and we would also like to hear what responses you receive.
You can use this template letter: template letter