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Independent Living Mass Lobby
17th October, Westminster Hall, House of Commons
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
Our Lives Our Choices is the national campaign for right to independent living. We seek radical reform
of health and social care so that:-
✓ Disabled people of all ages and backgrounds can take control of their own lives, live with dignity,
and participate fully in society as equal citizens;
✓ Families and friends of disabled people are not forced into poverty and lack of opportunities by
the inadequacies of the current system;
✓ All of us can enjoy security now and in the future without worrying that our independence will be lost.
When we experience disability, illness, or old age we should all be able to rely on a level of state support
that allows us to maintain our independence.
The current system simply cannot deliver. The result is dependency, poverty and exclusion.
Things could be very different. Lord Ashley’s Independent Living Bill would create a system that is fit
for the future – one we can all rely on. We are campaigning for the Bill to be enacted within the lifetime
of this Parliament and for Governmet to invest in all our futures.
THE NEED FOR ACTION IS URGENT! JOIN US TODAY!
POINTS TO USE IN SUPPORT OF THE CAMPAIGN
The current system is broken:
At present we cannot rely on the support of the state when through disability, old age, or illness
we need to maintain our independence. Eligibility for social care has become so restricted
that only those in the most difficult of circumstances receive any support.
The individual has to pay for what little support there is, even people in receipt of state benefits.
The reality today is many disabled and older people are being forced to live on the edge of society,
unable to choose when to get dressed or to have a bath.
Families are struggling to stay together under the pressure of providing support the state cannot
be bothered to help with.
What care there is often falls far short of basic standards of decency.
People’s lives are being wasted because they are unable to reach their full potential to participate
Because there are no basic access standards, houses, even new built, are very costly to adapt
to the needs of disabled people.
Social care workers are disillusioned and fed up with the bureaucracy, penny pinching and
having to say no to requests for assistance.
The current system is inefficient and wasteful of resources.
Our Lives, Our Choices
The campaign for rights to independent living
Our Lives! Our Choices! Is campaigning for a future that will: -
✓ Give us support we can rely on from the state so that through disabilty, old age, or illness we can
keep our independence and contribute to society in whatever way we can.
✓ The support we receive is support that we choose and control based on our lifestyle, interests
and aspirations – support that will let us live the lives we want to live.
✓ Ensure no one is forced to supply levels of unpaid care that limit their opportunities in life.
✓ We will all know what level of support we are entitled to, wherever we live.
✓ Treat people who are receiving support with dignity and respect.
✓ Give fair pay and a decent career path to those who give support.
✓ Ensure that houses are built to a standard that can easily be adapted to meet all stages in life.
✓ Give people what they say they want from our system of health and social care.
Lord Ashley’s Bill
Our proposals are set out in Lord Ashley’s Bill currently before Parliament. It is winning broad support.
Investment will be needed to make these changes happen but with that will come huge savings for the
Exchequer in terms of reduced benefit bills, higher rates of employment, better health outcomes, and
a housing stock that is much cheaper to adapt to the needs of disabled people.
Everyone is affected by this Bill. If this does not affect you now, it will do one day. We all need support
at some point in our lives – or our partner, or our mum, or our children, or our friends.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN?
Join the campaign. Membership is free and membership forms are available from
Support the official launch of the campaign in London on 18th June 2007
Support the mass lobby of Parliament on the 17th October 2007
Lobby Members of Parliament to sign the Early Day Motion number 334 supporting the Independent
Join and support the national steering committee for the campaign
Raise the campaign in meetings and any public events you may be holding
Use the campaign postcard to involve individuals in the campaign
Get your local community group, voluntary organisation, disabled people’s group, carers’
group, trade union branch involved in the campaign
Lobby local councillors to pass a motion to support the Bill
Identify funding and resources that could be used to support the work of the campaign