SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the real impact of the cuts in Hampshire and to try to influence a more realistic tone to the political and media debates. Most importantly, we want to secure a commitment from local MPs to consider a full or partial reversal of the cuts as soon as economic circumstances allow.
The campaign project will aim to work in collaboration with SPECTRUM members, User Lead Organisations and community partners throughout Hampshire and beyond. It will work with the media to provide regular updates and present evidence via Facebook, Twitter and SPECTRUM’s website. A key objective of the project will be to engage with local politicians to inform them of the real impact of the changes and cuts at a grassroots level.
We know that cuts to benefits and care and support are having a detrimental impact on the lives of Disabled People and other groups affected. But, public awareness of the scale of the problem and what it really means for people’s day-to-day lives is fairly low. There is also an added problem that what media debate there is has often been distorted by an unhelpful and misleading presentation of deserving vs undeserving benefit claims. Too often this portrays disabled people as ‘scroungers’ – which is both completely innacurate and grossly unfair.
We need to gather together the evidence to support this campaign – and this is where YOU can help.
We are seeking as many Disabled People in Hampshire as possible to fill in a structured diary for a short period (4 weeks or so) to detail the day to day impact of cuts they are experiencing. This includes both welfare benefits; Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Housing Benefit, Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA), etc. as well as cuts to social care including the Independent Living Fund (ILF), and the impact of changes to charging for social care.
It should take no more than 5 minutes per day to complete the diary, and this can be done in either paper or electronic form. All participants will receive a £20 gift voucher for their involvement.
The success of this campaign depends completely on Disabled People in Hampshire taking part. Together we can make a real difference.
If you are willing to help the campaign by filling in a diary – or if you can help with distributing requests to take part via membership of your own organisation – please do get in touch. We will keep you updated about the progress of the project via our website, newsletter and social media outlets.
If you require more information please email:
Or call 02380-330982