We held a meeting at Vine Street, Widnes with Derek Twigg MP for Halton, HALDS members and guests to give our views on People with Learning Disabilities being re-assessed for stopping their incapacity benefit/income support and being put on Job seekers allowance
A number of HALDS members are finding their cared fors are now being affected with these changes, this is causing a lot of upset for your cared for and unnecessary stress for the carer.
In order for Derek to take the case to parliament he needs case studies, one of our members in particular has found her daughter having to go along to the job centre for an interview, which was horrendous.
If you or someone you know has a story to tell about these changes, can you please e-mail me asap with the story, I will then send these over to Derek for him to take to Parliament. He needs to know name, address, whether they already carry out voluntary work, any work experience, type of disability and how severe and experiences of any interviews.
Derek is also going to speak to the minister re job centre plus and what support is in place for people with learning disabilities who go on courses and what training staff have for interviewing etc.
Please send any stories to my e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org asap or post to 62 Betchworth Crescent, Beechwood, Runcorn, WA7 2YA asap to enable me to pass onto Derek.
Please note the above is not only for HALDS members if you know anyone with a learning disability or mental health problem who is affected, we want to know.