The campaign to save the Independent living Fund (ILF) is now at its most crucial stage, because it involves you.
Following the high profile Westminster Abbey sit-in and the tea parties held outside DWP offices, we’re now asking ILF recipients to invite MPs to their homes to show them exactly what the ILF means in reality and why it must be kept.
This Summer is a great time to lobby MPs as they’ll be back in their constituencies working hard in the hope of securing votes in the run up to the 2015 General Election.
Please take the simple steps in this toolkit and let us know how it goes so we can target politicians and do everything we can together to save the ILF.
It includes writing a letter/email to your MP, writing to the local paper, meeting your MP, arguments and briefing and an invitation for your MP to the MP Drop in on 2nd September
Independent Living fund Drop in
– with BBC Silent Witness actress Liz Carr
2 September 2014; 2 – 4pm; House of Commons Committee Room 19
This drop in session will be a chance for MPs to find out more about the closure of the ILF which currently supports nearly 18,000 disabled people with the highest support needs to live independently in the community, to contribute to society in employment, education, volunteering, as family members, friends and as members of our communities and to build the local economy through employing teams of Personal Assistants.
The surgery will be an opportunity to ask questions and to speak to Liz who has been enabled, through support from the ILF, to progress an acting career that has spanned stand-up comedy, presenting for BBC and primetime television.
Also in attendance to answer your questions will be a former ILF staff representative and a disabled person who missed out on the ILF through its closure to new applicants in 2010 and whose experiences reflect those of many other disabled people now excluded from participating in areas of life that non-disabled people take for granted.
The Drop in is being organized by PCS Union, Disabled People Against Cuts and Inclusion London.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Natasha@pcs.org.uk
Click Save-the-ILF-mobilisation to download the full Save ILF Mobilisation Word document