Vic Grout

Open Letter to Deputy Health Minister, Julie Morgan AM #SaveWILG

FOR THE ATTENTION OF DEPUTY HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES MINISTER JULIE MORGAN AM

Dear Julie

It was really good to meet you once again at my home on January 24th. I would like to thank you for listening intently to the evidence presented by myself, Sheila Meadows OBE and Vic Grout as to why the Welsh Government need to save the Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG).

I am writing as a concerned WILG recipient to enquire when you will be able to reveal how the Welsh Government propose to rectify the situation caused by the imminent closure of WILG? I must push for a solution to the predicament I find myself in as time is running out and I still have not completed my reassessment thanks to the incompetence of my local authority. We were assured back in April 2018, that these reassessments would be completed by September 30, 2018. This deadline was then pushed back to November 30, 2018. The fact that this deadline has been missed should not be a surprise to anyone.  I am still struggling to cope with the inadequate levels of care and support that I currently receive, with no idea when this situation will improve. Last night I had to call my dad to assist me at 01:36. This is an untenable situation.

For your information I have included two links, at the foot of this letter, that will help you to build a clearer picture of what is going on. I have faith in Welsh Labour to do the right thing and act now before the situation gets any worse. The maintenance of the tripartite system is an absolute necessity. 

Please note that this letter is written with the deepest respect and understanding and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Nathan Lee Davies

DISABILITY NEWS SERVICE: LAST-DITCH APPEAL TO NEW WELSH FIRST MINISTER OVER INDEPENDENT LIVING SCHEME 

OPEN LETTER TO FIRST MINISTER MARK DRAKEFORD

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The Campaign Continues… #SaveWILG

Life is hectic at the moment.  I have just had a meeting with Huw Irranca-Davies to discuss the future of the Welsh Independent Living Grant.  This was probably the most important meeting of my life and others present – including Ian Lucas MP – said I performed well, but as always I am my own worst critic and I feel that I should have pushed things further.  We were limited to time and I had to loads that I could not say so I am proposing another meeting in Cardiff if this guarantees us a longer meeting to discuss all the essential details.

The talk seemed to be more about how the Welsh Government could get local authorities – such as the hapless one in Wrexham – to fulfil their legal obligations in a more efficient manner.  I kept pointing out that this was not good enough as it would still leave us without representation from an external, third-party body that is independent in nature.  This is the bottom line of what we want and I will continue to campaign until we get it, although I am not holding  my breath as we search for humility and humanity within the Welsh Government.

I am overloaded with things to do as next Wednesday is the opening of the #SaveWILG art exhibition at Theatr Clwyd in Mold, North Wales.  The official media day for this is on February 2nd while on February 3rd we have a community awareness day for the #SaveWILG campaign.  We have managed to line up lots of exciting entertainment and a really good day is in store.  We hope to see you there 🙂

Our North-East Wales WLG/M comrades are centrally involved in organising this great event. It will be a fantastic occasion, but we need to get as many people there as possible! This is a day of entertainment and information. There is alcohol, soft drinks and food on sale at the venue and there is full Disabled access and a Disabled toilet. Some of our comrades are performing, but we would love to hear back from you or anyone you know how is in any way creative and/or a performer. Please do get in contact with either Vic Grout (vic.grout@glyndwr.ac.uk) or Louise Bosanquet (louise.bosanquet@hotmail.co.uk) if you would like to perform or know someone who would. The least we hope anyone can do is promote this event by sharing the flyer and printing it off and putting around your area, disability groups, CLPs etc etc. Raising awareness of the event is crucial to the campaign’s success! The event is FREE to all. Please do help in any way you can!