Senedd

The Last Time? #SaveWILG

I received the following email to inform me that the Petitions Committee at the Senedd will be discussing my petition to Save the Welsh Independent Living Grant on Tuesday 17th September at 9.00.  This may be one of the final times that the petition is considered by the committee in question, considering how far we have come over the last seven months.

We are still waiting for our reassessments, but the end is in sight…

Nevertheless, I would still recommend that all those affected by WILG should tune in to the following:

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Dear Petitioner

Your petition will be considered at our next meeting on Tuesday 17 September at 9.00.

I enclose a link to the Agenda and Public Papers for your consideration:

http://www.senedd.assembly.wales/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=430&MId=5650&Ver=4

A live broadcast of the meeting will be available on Senedd TV at:

http://www.senedd.tv/

Kind regards,

Petitions Committee 

Petitions Committee on Senedd TV

I have written to the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services in order to encourage her team to publish a timetable which will allow WILG recipients to plan their futures with certainty, and extricate themselves from limbo land. WILG recipients, such as myself, are still struggling after years of neglect from clueless local authorities. and everyone at the #SaveWILG campaign has faith that Welsh Government now fully understand these difficulties and will be implementing their proposals very soon.

On Tuesday, the Deputy Minister, Julie Morgan will be speaking with the Petitions Committee on Senedd.tv at about 10pm. The meeting will be available to view whenever you can on the website. I am looking forward to hearing constructive plans that can assist me out of the current predicament I find myself in – inadequate care and support is taking it’s toll on my physical and mental health…

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Dear Petitioner

Your petition will be considered at our next meeting on Tuesday 05 March at 9.00.

I enclose a link to the Agenda and Public Papers for your consideration:

http://senedd.assembly.wales/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=430&MId=5288&Ver=4

A live broadcast of the meeting will be available on Senedd TV at:

http://www.senedd.tv/

Kind regards,

Petitions Committee

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U-turn on disabled living grant welcomed by Plaid

The following article was taken from the Plaid Wrecsam blog. I take no credit for the article and thank everyone at Plaid for their support.

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Today sees a Plaid Cymru-initiated debate on the Welsh Independent Living Grant in the Senedd. 

Coincidentally, the Welsh Government yesterday announced it was pausing its controversial plans to axe the grant, which enables disabled people in Wales to live independently and manage their own affairs. The pause comes after relentless pressure coordinated by Wrexham campaigner Nathan Lee Davies and many others. The debate was intended to maintain the pressure on the Labour Government, which had decided to follow the Tory line in Westminster and axe the grant.

Responding to the decision by the Welsh Government to bring in revised arrangements for the Welsh Independent Living Grant, Leanne Wood AM, Plaid Cymru shadow minister for social justice said:

 

“The Welsh Government should just have the guts to admit it got this wrong from the very beginning. After the proposed changes are filtered through, we should have a situation where no disabled person has lost out on care. However, we will be spending considerably more money on administration and reviews to get to this point than if the Welsh Government had just adopted the Scottish and Northern Ireland approach of retaining the fund – as we argued for at the time. 

“The problems identified that have led to this suspension of the transition were entirely predictable and have caused disabled people a great deal of anxiety and stress. All because Welsh Labour have been too stubborn to listen to disabled people and their own party activists over the bureaucrats in local authorities.”

Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru AM for North Wales, has campaigned on behalf of WILG recipients for the past year and said:

“Without the tireless campaign of disability activists such as my constituent Nathan Lee Davies, it’s unlikely this U-turn would have happened. Disabled people would have faced yet another significant cut to the support they have and a loss to their independence. 

“Questions have to be asked about why the Welsh Government made the wrong decision in the first place and what it really says about how much it listens to disabled people. Where has the government been before now in acknowledging its proposals wouldn’t work?

“Coming twenty-four hours before Plaid Cymru’s debate to save the Welsh Independent Living Grant, they clearly did not relish defending their failed policy.”

 

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Minutes from Petitions Committee #SaveWILG

The #SaveWILG campaign is very disappointed that the Petitions Committee failed to move towards writing a report on the petition to reconsider the closure of the Welsh Independent Living Grant.

Urgent action is required now as people continue to struggle as I know only too well. Last night I was awake from 03:00 onwards as I needed to use the urinal, could not grab the paracetamol that I needed to ease the pain in my legs and I had to struggle to get my phone that had slid under my back during a restless sleep. All these problems would have been easily prevented if I had adequate 24/7 care to allow me to live independently in the community like I deserve.

The Petitions Committee – who have been supportive so far – need to remember that there are over 1000 disabled people struggling throughout Wales who are dependant on them taking quick and decisive action.
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Dear Petitioner
 
Please note that the actions following the Committee’s meeting have been posted on the Petitions webpage:
 
English:
 
If you have any queries – contact me.
 
Regards
Petitions Committee
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Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence from a number of stakeholders and agreed to write to the Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care to:

  • seek a detailed update on the progress of the transition arrangements to date including the outcome of the review of all support needs which was due to be completed by the end of September; and
  • ask whether, as a middle way between ring-fencing and funding through the Revenue Support Grant, he will consider requiring local authorities to provide a report detailing actual expenditure on care packages for previous recipients of the Welsh Independent Living Grant, including the number of recipients, the average amount received per person and the total amount awarded.

 

Seconds Out: Petitions Committee Round Five #SaveWILG

We are hoping that the Petitions Committee will reach a positive conclusion over our petition to save the Welsh Independent Living Grant when they meet next Tuesday (23 October).

My petition was first heard over a year ago and I have since been locked in correspondence with the committee, compiled and even visited the Senedd to give evidence on why we need to #SaveWILG.

Once again, I have provided extensive evidence and have been backed up by fellow activists and even – to a point –  Local Authorities.

Fingers crossed for a positive outcome on Tuesday.

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Dear Petitioner

Your petition will be considered at our next meeting on Tuesday 23 October at 9.30am.

I enclose a link to the Agenda and Public Papers for your consideration:

http://senedd.assembly.wales/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=430&MId=5067&Ver=4

A live broadcast of the meeting will be available on Senedd TV at:

http://www.senedd.tv/

Kind regards,

Petitions Committee