This is the motion I am proposing at the Disability Labour AGM on Saturday 8th September in Leeds.
Thanks must go to Keith Sinclair for his amazing work on creating this motion. The strength of the #SaveWILG campaign group never fails to impress me. It is very humbling.
Disability Labour notes:
- the support for the Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG) from recipients and the wider support that exists.
- that a positive approach must include a tripartite team to agree the Care Package, comprising the disabled individual, the local authority and a Social Worker independent of both parties.
- the decision of the Welsh Government to abolish the WILG
- the overwhelming decision of the Wales Labour Party conference to support the saving of the Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG)
- the different approaches that have been adopted to supporting Independent Living in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Disability Labour believes
- that the approach to Independent Living adopted in England has been a disaster and that the models adopted in Scotland and North Ireland are more likely to meets the needs of disabled people.
- that Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) and trade unions in Wales should be congratulated for their support for the campaign to save the WILG.
- that the evidence is clear that local authorities in Wales are not in a position to seamlessly take on the responsibilities of the WILG.
Disability Labour calls upon
- the Welsh Government to save the WILG as a first step towards meeting the needs of disabled people in Wales
- CLPS, unions and Labour affiliates to support the campaign to save the WILG.
Proposed by Nathan Lee Davies
Seconded by Dorian Gordon