one of our supporters has been having an ongoing conversation with SCOPE to see why they aren’t campaigning to save the Independent Living Fund. We’ve now edited those emails and added a few comments in brackets but hopefully left their general thrust apparent for you all to read.
Finacial income for 2010
Scope– 101 million pounds
Mencap – 194 million pounds
RNID – 41 million pounds
RNIB – 135 million pounds
Leonard Cheshire – 155 million pounds
Guide Dogs – 57 million pounds
MS Society – 29 million pounds
MND Association – 13 million pounds
Spinal Injuries Association – 20 million pounds
TOTAL = 745 million. (Where are the so-called charities with this amount of money to spend? Forgive me but what exactly are they doing for us all?)
From: Sarah Daly <Sarah.Daly@scope.org.uk>
Sent: Thursday, 28 February 2013, 12:52
Subject: Re: ILF
I’m just checking with my colleagues in our media and parliamentary teams to provide more detail about what is planned around the March court case.
Are you already involved with the DPAC campaigning around ILF? http://www.dpac.uk.net/2013/02/vigil-to-save-ilf/
Scope have challenged the Government on their decision to close ILF, much earlier in the process. (DPAC has responded to the consultation too and have arranged public lobbies of MPs already – SCOPE haven’t)
We now feel that the way we can have the most impact to protect care and support for disabled people is to focus on public campaigning around the Care and Support Bill. (SCOPE are writing off the ILF completely)
I’m sure you can understand that we have limited campaigning capacity (only 101 million income in 2010)and therefore, as much as we would like to, cannot pursue all the issues we challenge the Government on into full public campaigns. I know this is frustrating.
As with many of our campaigns, I understand it’s frustrating that the change we want to see is long term – and yet the difficulties are happening right now. We will continue to speak up to ensure that society in the future is a better place for all disabled people.(but too bad for anyone now)
I hope this answers your questions.