The Staffordshire Independent Living Action Group (SILAG) is rallying support for our cause to save ‘The Independent Living Fund’. We are fighting to ensure that disabled people with the highest support needs get the care that they need to enable them to be as independent as possible, to live as freely and as fully as they can, and allow them to make their own life choices.
Imagine if you, a member of your family, or a friend suddenly became disabled. Wouldn’t you want yourself/them to be as independent as possible? Make your/their own choices in life?
Disabled people receive money from the Government that is used to pay care assistants to enable them to make their own choices, to socialise with friends and family, to further their education, to work, to raise a family, to contribute to society and live as full a life as possible. This money – the Independent Living Fund – is going to be cancelled by the Government at the end of June 2015. Do you think this is fair?
When this money stops the Government will only pay for care to disabled people to allow them to live but will drastically reduce their choices their participation in society and their ability to live a full life. Do you believe that this should be done?
The mark of a civilised society is how it treats its most vulnerable members. Do you believe that allowing disabled people to only exist, like cabbages in a field, is acceptable? Or do you believe that all people are equal and should have the right to make their own choices, contribute to society and live as free and full a life as possible?
This money enables disabled people to make their own life choices. It allows us to socialise with friends, be an active family member, to further our education, to work, to volunteer, to raise a family, to contribute to society and to live as full a life as possible.
The closure of the Independent Living Fund will drastically reduce our choices – we will have no choice. Our participation in society and our ability to lead a full life will vanish.
We at the Staffordshire Independent Living Action Group believe this to be a human rights issue. This will be a huge step backwards for disabled people, and a huge step backwards for our society. Severely disabled people will be once more faced with the threat of disappearing from society’s view, of being marginalised and socially excluded.
Ask yourself this: Are you happy to live and be a part of a society that treats some of its most vulnerable people so irrelevantly and so callously?