Author: nld01

Don’t You Forget About Me #SaveWILG

This is a Tweet that I composed last night amidst all the political shenanigans that are dominating news headlines and office conversations across the UK:

 Brexit may seem like the only game in town, but while politicians squabble over our withdraw from the European Union, disabled people with high care and support needs across Wales are in danger due to the loss of WILG.

I have also added a few paragraphs from Wikipedia about Simple Minds. I do hope there are no copyright issues over the use of this tune as I am giving the writers full credit and not claiming any credit for myself. In addition it is for the benefit of a very worthy cause as we attempt to #SaveWILG.

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Simple Minds are a Scottish rock band. They formed in Glasgow in 1977 and became the most commercially successful Scottish band of the 1980s.[3] They achieved five UK Albums chart number one albums during their career and have sold an estimated 70 million albums.[4] Despite various personnel changes, they continue to record and tour.

The band scored a string of hit singles, becoming best known internationally for their 1985 hit “Don’t You (Forget About Me)“, from the soundtrack of the film The Breakfast Club. Their other more prominent hits include “Alive and Kicking” and “Belfast Child” (UK #1). In 2016, they received the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors.[5]

The core of the band is the two remaining founding members, Jim Kerr (vocals, songwriting) and Charlie Burchill (guitars, keyboards after 1990, other instruments, songwriting). The other current band members are Ged Grimes (bass guitar), Sarah Brown (vocals), Gordy Goudie (guitar), Cherisse Osei (drums) and Catherine AD(vocals, keyboards, guitar). Former members include bass guitarist Derek Forbes, keyboardists Mick MacNeil and Andy Gillespie, drummers Brian McGee and Mel Gaynor(who first joined the band in 1982).

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With sincere thanks to the prolific Brian Hilton for creating this meme.

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Get Involved: Send an Email to Leadership Candidates #SaveWILG

I am asking all my loyal readers and comrades to spare 3 minutes of their time and send the following postcard picture and message to the 3 Welsh Labour leadership candidates, plus other important figures who will be able to influence Welsh Government thinking with regard to the Welsh Independent Living Grant.

The email can be copied and pasted from below. It should include an inline image of the postcard to maximise impact. The end of WILG is imminent and we MUST keep up the pressure and show those in power that we are not going anywhere. We will continue to protest and defend the rights of disabled people with high care and support needs across Wales.

Help us do this by sending the email below. Thanks, as ever, for your support.

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SUBJECT: Save the Welsh Independent Living Grant (#SaveWILG) 
 
Message to Mark Drakeford AM, Eluned Morgan AM, Vaughan Gething AM (Delete as appropriate
 
This is a crucial time for the future of Social Care in Wales. The SSWBA is an excellent piece of legislation, but it will take many years to come to fruition. 
 
In the meantime, WILG recipients will be at the mercy of local authorities who are unprepared for this Act and are already threatening substantial cuts in the care and support services that recipients need to function as a part of their local communities.
 
We are calling on the Welsh Government to reconsider the decision to end WILG as of April 2019 and fully explore the alternative options while listening to recipients and party members who voted overwhelmingly for a motion to save WILG  at the Welsh Labour conference in April 2018.
 
Our campaign to save WILG  has won cross party support, two motions have been passed, a number of MP’s and AM’s have lent their support including Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. We have also had the backing of Unions and celebrities such as Ken Loach who all agree that the Freedom of Information work that we have done provides glaring evidence that disabled people with high care and support needs require and are entitled to third party support from an independent body.

The 3 candidates can be emailed at the following addresses:

Mark Drakeford AM: Mark.Drakeford@assembly.wales

Eluned Morgan AM: Eluned.Morgan@assembly.wales

Vaughan Gething AM: Vaughan.Gething@gov.wales

While you are at it the same message could also be sent to the Minister for Older People, Children and Social Care Huw Irranca-Davies who is currently responsible for WILG. He can be contacted at Huw.Irranca-Davies@assembly.wales

It is also important that we continue to put pressure on the Petitions Committee who need to realise that NOW is the time to write a report on WILG to help preserve disabled peoples rights in Wales and force the Welsh Government to take the necessary steps and #SaveWILG.

David Rowlands: DavidJ.Rowlands@assembly.wales

Janet Finch Saunders: Janet.Finch-Saunders@Assembly.Wales

Mike Hedges: Mike.Hedges@assembly.wales

Rhun Ap Iopwerth: rhun.apiorwerth@assembly.wales

Neil McEvoy: Neil.McEvoy@assembly.wales

Any help and support you can give would be much appreciated. Together we can make a difference…

Musical Break #SaveWILG

What my #SaveWILG campaign is in need of is a theme tune. There have been a few songs that I have adapted throughout this campaign such as Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears. The latest song I have given the WILG treatment is What’s Up by the 4 Non Blondes

Without permission, I have took it upon myself to change the words to this popular hit, in order to make it fit with the campaign. If anyone is interested in recording this song I would be happy to contribute to recording costs as I think it would be a really effective way of raising awareness. I am getting carried away with myself now, but I really like the new lyrics that I have created. There are choruses that remain untouched as they fit the mood of the campaign perfectly. Why bother changing perfection? I hope the supremely talented Linda Perry (@RealLindaPerry) does not object and sees that it is for a worthy cause.

I have also added a few paragraphs from Wikipedia about 4 Non Blondes. I do hope there are no copyright issues over the use of this tune as I am giving the writers full credit and not claiming any credit for myself.

I hope you like my new version.

“What’s Up”

Fourty One years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For my independence

I realised quickly when I knew I should
That the world was made up of this brotherhood of man
For whatever that means

And so I cry sometimes
When I’m lying in bed
Just to get it all out
What’s in my head
And I, I’m feeling a little peculiar

And so I wake in the morning
Stranded inside
And I take a deep breath and I can not move
And I scream from the top of my lungs
“What’s going on?!”

And I say, “Huw, Huw, Huw, Huw”
“Huw, Huw, Huw”
I said, “Huw, what’s going on?”

And I say, “Huw, Huw, Huw, Huw”
“Huw, Huw, Huw”
I said, “Huw, what’s going on?”

And I try, oh, my God, do I try
I try all the time
In this institution

And I pray, oh, my God, do I pray
I pray every single day
For revolution

And so I cry sometimes
When I’m lying in bed
Just to get it all out
What’s in my head
And I, I am feeling a little peculiar

And so I wake in the morning
Stranded inside
And I take a deep breath and I can not move
And I scream from the top of my lungs
“What’s going on?!”

And I say, “Huw, Huw, Huw, Huw”
“Huw, Huw, Huw”
I said, “Huw, what’s going on?”

And I say, “Huw, Huw, Huw, Huw”
“Huw, Huw, Huw”
I said, “Huw, what’s going on?”

Fourty One years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill
Of hope for my independence

According to Wikipedia, 4 Non Blondes was an American rock band from San FranciscoCalifornia,[1] formed in 1989. The group was formed by bassist Christa Hillhouse, guitarist Shaunna Hall, drummer Wanda Day, and vocalist and guitarist Linda Perry. Prior to the release of their first album, Roger Rocha replaced Hall on guitar, and Dawn Richardson replaced Day on drums. They hit the charts in 1993 with “What’s Up?“, their only major hit single. Perry left the band in 1994 to begin a solo career, and the remaining members disbanded shortly thereafter.[ 

For those of you who don’t know, the Huw mentioned in my alternative lyric is non other than the Minister for Older People, Children and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies. 

Help needed across Social Media #SaveWILG

I am requesting help on Twitter, and social media in general, to get the message across to Assembly Members across Wales that there is still time to reverse the awful decision to close WILG and transfer all responsibilities for Independent Living to local authorities.

This is a crucial time for the #SaveWILG campaign as we are hoping to convince the candidates in the Welsh Labour leadership contest that they need to take action and protect people with high care and support needs across Wales by saving the Welsh Independent Living Grant.

The candidates in the Welsh Labour leadership contest are Eluned Morgan (Elenud_Morgan) , Mark Drakeford (Mark4Leader) and Vaughan Gething (@vaughangething). 

These candidates are all taking part in Hustings for the Leadership Election and it would be good to use these events to co-ordinate a TwitterStorm around. The events that remain are as follows:

ONLINE                              Wednesday 14 November, 7.00-9.00pm

Online Hustings

WREXHAM                       Saturday 17 November, 10.30-12.30pm

Glyndwr University, Nick Whitehead Theatre, Mold Road, Wrexham LL11 2AW


NEWTOWN                       
Saturday 24 November, 1.00-3.00pm

Latham Centre, Latham Park, Newtown SY16 1EN

Your support at these times would be much appreciated.

Other key people to contact are members of the Petitions Committee who are continuing  to consider our petition – David Rowlands (@DavidRowlandsAM ‏), Janet Finch Saunders (@JFinchSaunders), Mike Hedges (@MikeHedgesAM), Rhun Ap Iorwerth (@RhunapIorwerth) and Neil McEvoy (@neiljmcevoy). Any pressure we can put on politicians has to be a good thing as they need to realise the devastation that the decision to close WILG will have on disabled people and their families. The outgoing Carwyn Jones (@fmwales) and Huw Irancca Davies (@huw4ogmore) are also worth a tweet to remind them that this campaign is still going strong.

A general list of AM Twitter handles can be found below along with a suggested Tweet and electronic postcards and memes that can be attached to Tweets for greater impact. Even if you only manage to Tweet a handful of AMs, this could make a real difference to disabled people across Wales.

Thanks for your support.

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SUGGESTED TWEETS (these can be edited accordingly but serve as a guideline. You may also use these suggested Tweets as Facebook messages):

Essential reading. This is ur chance to support disabled people with high care needs across Wales. #SaveWILG

Essential reading from :

Social care is in crisis. Those with the highest care and support needs rely on WILG and governmental support. We’ve won a motion, collected evidence and won cross-party support. Show humanity, humility +

 Disabled ppl with high care and support needs are in search of your support to maintain Independent Living for all. Are Welsh Labour planning on listening to the democratic wishes of their members

Disabled ppl with high care and support needs are in search of your support to maintain Independent Living for all. Are Welsh Labour planning on listening to the democratic wishes of their members

 Disabled ppl with high care and support needs are in search of your support to maintain Independent Living for all. #SaveWILG

 Wales voted Labour. Don’t copy Tory policy and damage independent living 4 disabled ppl. WHAT USE IS A TRANSITION PERIOD IF OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE AND A DEMOCRATIC VOTE IS NOT ENOUGH FOR A GOVERNMENTAL RE-THINK?

 Wales voted Labour. Don’t copy Tory policy and damage independent living 4 disabled ppl #SaveWILG

 This is the impact of closing the ILF in England  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-living-fund-post-closure-review #SaveWILG

 Welsh Labour: Don’t copy Tories in Westminster. Protect independent living 4 disabled ppl #SaveWILG

   – The Movie via

These Tweets should be accompanied by some of the many postcard photographs, electronic postcards and memes.

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I have updated this list of Twitter handles which was a little dated. Please remember that messages can also be sent via Facebook with accompanying memes. 

David Melding @DavidMeldingAM

Lynne Neagle @lynne_neagle

Gareth Bennett AC/AM @GarethBennettAM

David Rowlands AC/AM @DavidRowlandsAM

Hefin David AC/AM @hef4caerphilly

Caroline Jones AC/AM @carolineUKIP

Dr Dai Lloyd AC/AM @DaiLloydAM

Michelle Brown AM @MishBrownAM

Carwyn Jones AM/AC @AMCarwyn

Joyce Watson AM @JoyceWatsonam

Nathan Gill @NathanGillMEP

Neil Hamilton AC/AM @NeilUKIP

John Griffiths AM @JGriffithsLab

Vikki Howells AM @VikkiHowells

Ann Jones AM @ann_jonesam

David Rees @DavidReesAM

Neil McEvoy AM @neiljmcevoy

Ken Skates AM @KenSkatesAM

Dafydd Elis-Thomas @ElisThomasD

Mick Antoniw AM @MickAntoniw1

Jayne Bryant AM @JBryantWales

Mike Hedges @MikeHedgesAM

Julie James AM account @JulieJamesAM

Rebecca Evans AM @RebeccaEvansAM

Eluned Morgan @Eluned_Morgan

Jane Hutt AM  @JaneHutt

Rhianon Passmore @rhi4islwyn

Elin Jones @ElinCeredigion

Vaughan Gething AM @vaughangething

Mark Drakeford AM  @MarkDrakeford

Mark Isherwood AM @MarkIsherwoodAM

Angela Burns @AngelaBurnsAM

Mohammad Asghar AM @MohammadAsghar

Lesley Griffiths @lesley4wrexham

Nick Ramsay  @NickRamsayAM

Andrew RT Davies @AndrewRTDavies

Huw Irranca-Davies AM @huw4ogmore

Russell George AM @russ_george

Rhun ap Iorwerth @RhunapIorwerth

Julie Morgan @JulieMorganLAB

Sian Gwenllian AC/AM @siangwenfelin

Janet Finch-Saunders  @JFinchSaunders

Lee Waters AM @Amanwy

Alun Davies @AlunDaviesAM

Jeremy Miles AC/AM  @Jeremy_Miles

Jenny Rathbone AM  @JennyRathbone

Mark Reckless AM  @MarkReckless

Dawn Bowden AM @Dawn_Bowden

Llyr Gruffydd AC/AM @LlyrGruffydd

suzy davies @suzydaviesam

Darren Millar AM  @DarrenMillarAM

Steffan Lewis @steffanlewis

Adam Price @Adamprice

Hannah Blythyn AM @hannahblythyn

Kirsty Williams @Kirsty_Williams

LeanneWood @LeanneWood

Bethan Maeve AM/AC @bethanjenkins

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Time for a Laugh: Wrexham Adult Social Care Commissioning Strategy 2018-23

I have just found the following information on the WCBC website. It talks about how the Social Care Department has been “working hard” on a new commissioning strategy for those in need of care and support services.

It goes on to state that there has been a “great deal of engagement with staff, partners, providers and importantly the people who use our services and their carers“. This is the first I’ve heard of this and none of the 8 members of staff that I employ have heard about it either.

A cynical person might think that this is because WCBC do not want to hear the truth and are just working on a strategy that will protect their budget by creating flimsy justifications for acknowledges the considerable financial pressures faced by the Department.
Lucky I’m not a cynic…

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The following material was taken from the WCBC website. 

Why are we doing this?: 

Over the last year, the Adult Social Care Department have been working hard to develop its Commissioning Strategy, which sets out our vision for care and support services for the next five years. The Strategy has been the result of a great deal of engagement with staff, partners, providers, and importantly the people who use our services and their carers; which I hope many of you will have had the opportunity to be involved with.

The enclosed strategy is the product of these conversations. It reflects our understanding of what the people who use our services have told us they want. However, it acknowledges the considerable financial pressures faced by the Department.

The changes and service developments outlines in this Commissioning Strategy are some of the things that will help us to deliver the savings we are required to make.

What do we want to know?: 

We would be grateful for your feedback on the Strategy, and whether you feel it adequately reflects what our priorities for service development should be over the next five years.

Enclosed alongside the Strategy is a short questionnaire, which I would be grateful if you could spare the time to answer and return to the email address below

 socialservicescustomerfeedback@wrexham.gov.uk 

Start date 15 October 2018
End date 15 November 2018

 

Disability Labour Press Release #BoycottPurpleTuesday

PRESS RELEASE

Purple Tuesday

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Disability Labour deplores the concept of Purple Tuesday. This event, which is being held on Tuesday 13th November is an initiative endorsed by the DWP and run by a company called We are Purple to build a “partnership” between disabled people and businesses.

Fran Springfield Co-Chair of Disability Labour said;

“This is a disgraceful attempt to “sell out” disabled people to commercial entities. Every day should be an accessible shopping day!

Disability Labour are deeply concerned that the DWP which harasses and persecutes disabled people on a daily basis will use video footage to identify if claimants are shopping, what they’re purchasing and even how far they are walking.”

We are dismayed that supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s, Argos, M&S, and shopping centres as well as Barclays Bank have chosen to become involved in such a day.

Disability Labour will be contacting them to express our views and to encourage them not to participate in any similar schemes by We are Purple.

As Kathy Bole, Co-Vice Chair of Disability said;

“Sainsbury’s already has form in relation to sharing CCTV footage to spy on disabled benefit claimants. Their surveillance of disabled people has led to increased distress and isolation.”

[https://www.thecanary.co/trending/2018/05/29/the-dwp-has-been-colluding-with- sainsburys-to-spy-on-disabled-people]

Disability Labour calls on Labour Party members to boycott all the shops, businesses and banks taking part on 13th November, the day of Purple Tuesday.

Disability Labour also calls on DPAC to support this boycott and to campaign with us against the dodgy principles behind Purple Tuesday.

Disabled Access Day on 16th March 2019 would be a far more appropriate day for businesses to support and engage with disabled people.

ENDS

Are Things Changing In Welsh Labour Specific To Saving The Welsh Independent Living Grant?

With thanks to Adam Samuels.

Clwyd South Labour Party

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Cast your minds back to April this year at the Welsh Labour conference. The motion from Clwyd South Labour Party (also North East Wales Unite Community) and endorsed & supported by Wrexham Labour Party, to Save the Welsh Independent Living Grant (SWILG aka WILG) (CLICK HERE) was passed, handing Welsh Labour their biggest ever defeat. Democracy had spoken. Or so we thought. Seven months on and we are still waiting to hear if democracy has spoken. Thanks to the tireless efforts of campaign leader Nathan Lee Davies (CLICK HERE) and the rest of the campaigners, there is no danger of this being overlooked or forgotten. It’s way too important for that.

It was very encouraging to see two of the three candidates to replace Carwyn Jones as leader of Welsh Labour, and therefore probably the new First Minister in Wales, listen to what Nathan & the campaign had to say…

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