Oct 282016

We didn’t get invited to this event a Scope’s HQ. We’re not ones to sulk at DPAC, but when we got sent a copy of this from a kind supporter we did feel a little excluded.

But it does clearly show yet another of the big corporate charities selling out the people they claim to represent and sucking up to a government that in the words of Ken Loach has perpetrated “conscious cruelty” on disabled people. And here is another recent example a corporate charity, Mind, selling out people in mental distress.

From: Minister for Disabled People <MINISTER.DISABLEDPEOPLE@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK>

Subject: Invitation: Green Paper Launch Event

Date: 28 October 2016 at 15:42:53 BST


Dear Colleague,

We would like to invite you to an event marking the launch of Improving Lives: the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper to be held at Scope, 6 Market Road, London, N7 9PW on Tuesday 1 November at 10:00 am.

This government is determined to build a country that works for everyone. A disability or health condition should not dictate the path a person is able to take in life – or in the workplace. Yet, the employment rate of disabled people, at 48% is much lower than the employment rate of non-disabled people at 80%. This ‘disability employment gap’ sits at an unacceptable 32% – a level that we’re committed to halve.

Our ambition is for individuals to be able to access the right services, at the right time, personalised to their circumstances, enabling them to play a full part in employment, which enables them to progress and supports their health and wellbeing; and where the value of work as a key enabler of good health is fully recognised and applied across the health system.

Through the Green Paper, we will be launching a new conversation with disabled people and people with health conditions, their representatives, healthcare professionals and employers to identify the best ways to do this.

The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper launch event on Tuesday will start the consultation period, which will run until 17 February 2017. There will be presentations setting out our vision and the context for the Work and Health discussion. There will also be an opportunity for you to network with other guests, discuss the content of the Green Paper, and take away the consultation document with details of how to respond. We know the importance of the voluntary sector through the significant services, advice, and support that they deliver and are pleased to host this event alongside Scope, one of the many charities who have contributed to the development of the Green Paper.

Please confirm whether or not you will attend by 5pm, Monday 31 October, by replying to: <redacted>.  Due to the size of the room, we kindly request each organisation only send one representative who will be required to provide photo ID on arrival. The venue is fully accessible and a BSL interpreter will be in attendance but please do let us know if you need further assistance.

Yours sincerely,

Penny Mordaunt signature                                                             Nicola Blackwood Signature

Penny Mordaunt MP                                                                                                     Nicola Blackwood MP

Minister of State for Disabled People, Health & Work                                          Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for

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  9 Responses to “We weren’t invited …….”

  1. I am not letting my disability dictate the path I take, The Tories are doing a grate job of dictating the path I take very nicely thank you, I am now waiting for the day they cure me or kill me off

  2. What is the Labour Party doing about any of this ? Where is the official opposition to the ‘conscious cruelty’ that is taking place ?

  3. Yes this is impression I got when attending conference

  4. This is wrong, and different voices from all disabled people need to be heard. At you challenging this and formally asking for an invite? I’d like an invite sent to all political parties, too so their disabled reps can attend?

  5. “This ‘disability employment gap’ sits at an unacceptable 32% – a level that we’re committed to halve.”

    Is the sub-text of statements like this, in reality, to cut disabled people’s benefits to ‘motivate them into work’, harass them to the point of despair and generally make it more and more difficult to live on meagre social security benefits (which is a misnomer – they are not benefits – are they not are a survival subsidy)?

    More government propaganda paying lip service to the public whilst try to force people who can’t work into jobs that don’t exist.

    Or am I just being cynical and pessimistic?

  6. If govt were sincere in helping disabled people to achieve parity why stop the ILF? Access to Work? Motability?
    Why sanction people who need benefits to exist?
    No wonder DPAC not invited-you wouldn’t let them get away with this sanctimonious shit!

  7. So Bloody typical of this Government. They only want to listen to organisations that will not challenge them in any way.

    Rather than listen to the real voice of disabled people they revert to organisations that still rely on the charity model and the “deserving poor”.

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