Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC): Important UN inquiry into care and support provision – respond by October 21st


Please submit evidence to this enquiry by October 21st  if you use care and support or Personal Assistants or are a parent of someone who uses these services. It is important that individuals let the rapporteur know what has happened since the closure of the ILF both to new applicants in 2010 and to all in 2015 and due to the cuts to Local Authority funding.

Questionnaire on the “provision of support to persons with disabilities” – Call for submissions
The Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, is currently preparing a study, to be presented at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council in March 2017, on the provision of support to persons with disabilities.
The Special Rapporteur welcomes inputs, in accessible formats (Word), in English, French, Russian or Spanish, from Member States, international and regional organizations, UN agencies, funds and programmes, organizations of and for persons with disabilities, civil society, national human rights institutions and other national independent mechanisms designated or established to monitor the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, disability or equality Ombudspersons, scholars, research institutions and policy think tanks, private sector businesses and networks, community movements, and private individuals, to provide information on the provision of support to persons with disabilities.
Submissions should be sent by e-mail to the address no later than 21 October 2016. Concise responses are encouraged, inclusive of relevant attachments where available.
Kindly indicate if you have any objections with regard to your reply being posted on this website.

Questionnaire on
 the provision of support to persons with disabilities
 Please provide information on the following services that are available for persons with disabilities in your country, including data on their coverage, geographic distribution and delivery arrangements, funding and sustainability, challenges and shortcoming in their implementation:
1.    Personal assistance;

2.    In-home, residential and community support;

3.    Support in decision-making, including peer support; and

4.    Communication support, including support for augmentative and alternative communication. 

 5 Please explain how persons with disabilities can access information about the existing services referred to in question one, including referral procedures, eligibility criteria and application requirements.
6 Please elaborate on how these services respond to the specific needs of persons with disabilities throughout their life cycle (infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and older age) and how is service delivery ensured in the transition periods between life cycle stages.
 7 Please provide information on the number of certified sign language interpreters and deafblind interpreters available in your country.
8  Please provide information on the existence of any partnership between State institutions and private service providers (e.g., non-governmental organizations, for-profit service providers) for the provision of support to persons with disabilities.
 9 Please describe to what extent and how are persons with disabilities and their representative organizations involved in the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of support services.
10   Please provide any other relevant information and statistics (including surveys, censuses, administrative data, reports, and studies) related to the provision of support to persons with disabilities in your country.

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)

Wednesday, 21 September 2016



We would like to make sure you are aware of the important national demonstration to defend Libraries, Museums and Galleries. Supported by PCS, Unison, Unite, Jeremy Corbyn, Green party plus many local campaigns this is a very important national demonstration for all those who want to see an end to the attacks on our Libraries, Museums and Galleries. Please add your support


We also hope you may be able to support these protests and strikes (see below):
·         Tomorrow Thursday in support of the fourth day of strike action by PCS privatised security guards striking against private company Engie for fair pay
·         Saturday in support of workers at Ritzy Cinema fighting for the London Living Wage

Support from SERTUC Public Services Committee
Date: Thursday 22 September
Time: 9.30 – 10:30 am
Place: 5 Hatfields London SE1 8DJ.
PCS Contact: Sarah Taiwo, email: Tel: 07788 128 008

All supporters welcome even if you can only stay for short time. Please bring your  trade union banners, flags and whistles.
 On the 22 September, Met Police security guards who work for private company Engie will take their fourth day of strike action. To mark the last day of planned action, PCS members and supporters will be holding a protest outside Engie Head Office near Waterloo in central London. 
The guards, who are based at 999 control centres in Bow and Hendon rejected a 1.5% pay offer. They are suffering worsening pay, with real terms rates falling year on year. Starting salaries are now less than £22,000 in London, including working nights for no extra pay. In comparison, security guards still directly employed by the Met Police earn £31,500.
This is the first industrial action that PCS members have ever taken and each strike day since the 9 September has seen 100% turnout by members in the dispute over pay.

Other ways you can show support:
  Donate to our commercial sector hardship fund, account number: 20244707, sort code: 0-83-01
Send cheques to the PCS London and south east region, 160 Falcon Road, London SW11 2LN
Email messages of support to
More information:



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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Disabled People Against Cuts

Contact a Family have advised the following for anyone who has a disabled child or is a carer for an older adult. We think this advice should also apply to anyone who might qualify for PIP and who hasn’t yet claimed.

Over the next ten days the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will write to all those families who are going to be affected by changes to the household benefit cap in November. These letters will be sent out between 19 and 29 September.
The good news is you are exempt from the benefit cap if you have a dependent child who is on either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
If you have a disabled child but haven’t claimed DLA/PIP for them yet, think about doing so now. Getting an award of DLA or PIP at any rate will mean you don’t have to worry about the benefit cap hitting your family.
If you are disabled and think you may qualify even for the lowest rates of PIP please apply now.
What is the household benefit cap?
The household benefit cap limits the total amount of benefits that an out of work family can receive. At the moment the cap is £500 a week for lone parents and couples.
However, from 7 Nov 2016 the government intends to lower this figure to £442 in London and to £384.62 elsewhere for couples and single parents with children living with them. For single people without children the cap will limit overall weekly payments to £296.35 in London and £256.69 outside Greater London.
An extra 88,000 households are expected to be affected by this lower cap. If your benefit income is above the cap then the excess amount is cut from your housing benefit, or from your Universal Credit if you get this instead. The cap is lower for single people without children.

Are families with disabled children exempt from the household benefit cap?

All families with a dependent child on DLA or PIP are exempt from the cap. It doesn’t matter what rate of DLA or PIP your child gets – even if they only get the lowest rate you will still be exempt from the cap.

Am I still protected from the cap if my son or daughter stops being treated as a dependent child?

If a disabled child aged 16 or above either leaves education, turns 20 or claims certain benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance, they stop being treated as a dependent. This means that their parent may then lose their exemption from the benefit cap.
However, the government has said in the autumn it will change the benefit cap rules so that you are also exempt if you are entitled to Carer’s Allowance or get a carer element in your Universal Credit. These changes to the rules for carers will help some parents who care for a disabled young person to remain exempt from the cap despite their child no longer being a dependent. These changes for carers have already been introduced in Northern Ireland.

Benefits included in the cap

The cap applies to the total amount people in your household (you, your partner and any children living with you) get from the following benefits:
Payments towards carer’s costs in Universal Credit won’t be affected by the benefit cap from autumn 2016.

Benefits that aren’t included

You’re not affected by the cap if anyone in your household qualifies for Working Tax Credit or gets any of the following benefits:
If you have adult children or non-dependants living with you and they qualify for any of these benefits, you may be affected by the cap. This is because they’re not usually included in your household.
Disabled People Against Cuts

UCU London Retired Members Branch:Members' Publications, Seminars and Events

Members' Publications, Seminars and Events
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London Socialist Historians Group seminar series Autumn 2016

All in Room 304 Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, WC1, at5.30pm. Free without ticket - no need to book in advance. 
  • Steve Cushion: 'A Working Class Heroine Is Also Something To Be: Where women workers fit into "A Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution, How the Working Class Shaped the Guerrilla Victory"' - Monday October 10th
  • Ian Birchall: 'Lenin’s Moscow by Alfred Rosmer'  (book launch) Ian will speak on the historiography of the Communist International, and the particular relevance of Rosmer’s work to it. Monday October 24th [This book will also be presented at Bookmarks on October 4th, see below]
  • Simon Hall: '1956: The World in Revolt' Monday November 7th
  • Merilyn Moos: 'Breaking the Silence. Voices of the British Children of Refugees from Nazism' - Monday December 5th

Socialist History Society

  • Paul Frame speaks on Liberty's Apostle: the Life and Times of Richard Price 1723 - 91. Dubbed by an eminent historian as 'Britain's first left-wing intellectual' the Reverend Richard Price was a major figure in the Enlightenment.
    Saturday 1 October 2016, 2.00 - 4.00 - Marx House, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1. Admission free, retiring collection, all welcome.

UCL Institute of the Americas

  • Book launch: Transformations of Freedom in the Land of the Maroons: Creolization in the Cockpits, Jamaica by Jean Besson - October 12th 5:30 PM,  - UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
    more details...

Bookmarks Events

  • Haymarket Books have produced a new edition of Ian Birchall's translation of Alfred Rosmer’s Lenin’s Moscow. At this event Ian will be talking about how Rosmer portrayed Lenin, Trotsky, Zinoviev and other leading figures in the Communist International.
    Tuesday 4 October at 18.30 at Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QE
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Monday, 12 September 2016

UCU retired members Branch meeting, some good news and a demonstration

UCU retired members Branch meeting, some good news
 and a demonstration

Next Branch Meeting

Thursday October 13th 2 - 4pm at the 

UCU Head Office in Carlow Street
Items for the agenda should be 

sent to the Secretary.

Miguel Angel Beltran
 the Colombian trade unionist  and academic who has been in 
and out of prison since 2009  was finally released after a long 
running Justice for Colombia campaign supported by the UCU.
 Thanks to every trade union  and individual who supported
 the campaign for his release!
more details...

Saturday, 10 September 2016

LucasPlan40 : conference 26 November

This is just a note to encourage any of you who are Facebook or Twitter users to Like or Follow the conference --details of our accounts are at the bottom of this message. I hope to be posting regularly over the next few weeks with details of the conference as they become available, but the Facebook page is also open to anyone who wants to post related material.

 For those of you who can come to Birmingham, I hope to meet you at our open organising meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 20th September at the Warehouse, 54-57 Allison St., Birmingham B5 5TH. We'll be showing a short film on the Lucas Plan.

 Please help us build the social media profile of the conference, and if you have any further queries please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 Best regards, Paul Paul Quigley West Midlands Outreach 07960 553349
 Facebook: LucasPlan40
Twitter: @LucasPlan40

John McDonnell: why I am proud to support Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)

Saturday, 10 September 2016

John McDonnell: why I am proud to support Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)

Photo of John McDonnell
“I have been a long-time supporter of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and stood with them side by side as they have taken direct action against the Tories in order to highlight the cruel and brutal reality of life of disabled people under the Tories. This is why I am proud to support Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) #RightsNotGames week of action starting 4 September through to 10 September and I am honoured they have invited me to speak at their Conference: DPAC Disabled Peoples’ Resistance: building beyond borders #GlobalResistance on Saturday 10 September. Austerity is not a necessity it is a political choice which why I am determined that a Labour government will reverse the heinous policies that have deliberately targeted disabled people. Solidarity.”

 John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor

Friday, 9 September 2016

FRINGE at TUC Congress - GMB Grunwick40 Exhibition – “Trade unions still under attack”*

FRINGE at TUC Congress - GMB Grunwick40 Exhibition – “Trade unions still under attack”*

Subject: Fringe at TUC Congress in Brighton - The Legacy and Lessons of
Grunwick - 12 September 2016

FRINGE at TUC Congress - GMB Grunwick40 Exhibition – “Trade unions
still under attack”*


2016 is the 40th anniversary of the Grunwick dispute when workers, mainly
Asian women, fought for their dignity by joining a trade union for better
wages and to oppose racism at work.

Come along and be inspired at a reception to launch the GMB Grunwick40
exhibition that celebrates strong, resilient Asian Women trade unionists,
showing solidarity in action and highlighting the attacks on trade unions
today – 40 years on – we are still under attack.

*Monday 12 September. Lunch time 12.45 to 14.00*, *West Wing Bar, Brighton

Chair  Kamaljeet Jandu, GMB National

Speakers include  *Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary*

                            *Jack Dromey MP, Joint leader of dispute and secretary of Brent Trade Council*

*                           Taranjit Chana, GMB Community activists *

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Green Seniors’ meeting at GP conference 3/9/2016

Green Seniors’ meeting at GP conference 3/9/2016
Notes/report by Peter Murry (also incorporates some views expressed at the GS conference stall)

There were about 20 present. P.M. introduced GS explaining that it was a relatively new section of the Green Party which was in the process of getting organised, so it needed to collect details from those interested to form an email list and also to collect ideas about the issues which concerned its members.
Currently GS had 3 officers: London Co-Chair: Maureen Childs (, London Co-Chair: Noel Lynch ( and Acting Secretary: Peter Murry (, who met in London;

Next meeting date and time tba at the Green Room 10 Grand Arcade Tally Ho Corner North Finchley, London N12 0EH
GS web presence was website, blog  

Green Seniors was affiliated to the National Pensioners’ Convention (  P.M. recommended the NPC and the TUC (, as campaigning organisations for Seniorswhich organised meetings, produced publications etc. Next NPC activity Demos planned for UN Older People’s Day 1 October 2016 (

The meeting agreed that although GS should be concerned with issues mainly, but not exclusively, concerning people aged 50+, membership should be open to GP members of all ages. I t was noted that some people under 50 might be concerned with ‘senior’ issues because of being carers or of working with seniors, (for instance).
Generally it was felt that were many deficiencies affecting older people, especially those with disabilities, Montreal and Ljubljana were mentioned as places with better provision.
Specifically mentioned:
·        Accessible public toilets
·        Boarding/exiting buses and trains; drivers do not always use the facility to lower buses/ are sometimes unhelpful. Steep steps to board coaches esp. Megabus
·        Payments for senior and disabled rail and coach cards, vs  automatic discounts in parts of Europe
·        Increase of unmanned stations and ticket office closures meant it could be difficult to get help.

·        Buses going over traffic calming road humps at speed could be dangerous and uncomfortable
·        On the other hand traffic calming probably was safer for slow moving pedestrians

·        Rail tickets
·        Some GP literature

·        Moves to ticket free travel, assumed everyone could access and use online devices and/or broadband, but this was not economically or physically possible for some people.
·        Moves to cash free payments posed similar problems: cash and cheques were more manageable and understandable for some.
·        Online voting could also be problematic.
·        GP website difficult to use.
·        Moves to digitisation allowed job cuts whilst often worsening customer service.
·        Frequent software updates and inbuilt obsolescence of older software usually complicated matters for users whilst enriching manufacturers.

·        Problems with social workers legally forcing elderly relatives into care, some recommended seeking Power of attorney but this was not always a wholly satisfactory solution.
·        Hospital food often inadequate without proper allowances for diabetic and other l diets

·        Tendency to ghettoise seniors and make assumptions about what was ’best’ for them eg: some seniors actually preferred to live in properly maintained tower blocks on grounds of security. Montreal mentioned as providing a variety of housing provision.


·        Recognition of the economic contribution of seniors: eg voluntary work, public service, politics. Generating employment for others.
·        Rejection of ideas like “burden of dependency” which stereotype seniors as unproductive “spongers”.
·        Recognition of the cultural and practical experience of seniors ‘knowledge and experience eg: remembering what a Welfare state and nationalised industries were like, knowing how Trade Unions work and what they are for.

·        Create and extend a Green Seniors’ email list.
·        Collect views and ideas for Green Seniors’ campaigns and activities
·        Ideas for topic/speaker for a fringe at the next GP conference (which will include a European Green conference).
·        Liaise with other relevant GP groups esp.: GP Disability Group