Monday 2 December 2013

Just watch this. Please

You might not have read my blog before. Or you might have read it a few times, sympathised, but found it all too sad and shocking to keep up with. You might have stopped clicking on the links on a busy Monday morning, or a perfect, crisp, cold winter's Sunday. You might think you get the general gist and don't want constant reminders of how unpleasant politics can be.

But today, just watch this short film. I promise, you won't have seen anything like it.

The Independent Living Fund (ILF) was a fund set up to help only those with the most profound disabilities, requiring almost constant care, to stay in their own homes for as long as they possibly can. It helped just 20,000 people with the most intense care needs at an average of around £300 per month, saving councils up and down the country much, much more in residential care.

But one of the first decisions taken by this government was to scrap the fund. Even if you believe passionately in Iain Duncan-Smith and David Cameron's welfare "reforms", you probably believe that the "most vulnerable" are excluded, as they've assured you all along that they would be. You almost certainly believe that "support is being targeted at those that need it most". Because that's what you've been told, in a loop, since 2010.

Well, though sick and disabled people hate the word, few are more "vulnerable" than those who had help from the ILF. It has been closed to new applicants since 2010 and will be scrapped for existing users from 2015.

To really understand what I've been trying to tell you since 2010, please, just watch the film. It's just 15 minutes long and says more than I ever could in a million words.

If it touches you, as it did me, can I ask you a favour? Send it to just 2 people you love. And ask them to send it to two people they love. Ask them to watch it for you, as an early Xmas present and to pass it on. Not the usual twitter and facebook links, preaching to the already converted, but to someone you know won't be aware of the extraordinary battle sick and disabled people are fighting, up and down the country.

I know that the British public care. I know they would not want this. Please, help me tell them?


  1. Just 3 mins in and I'm in floods of tears. This cruelty most be stopped and reversed. @imthenicenurse

    1. This film explains in 12 miins more than any written report ever could about why the ILF must stay and more importantly that it is available to all who so desperately need it.

  2. Such a brave woman. The thought of people having to live without the help they need so desperately is heartbreaking, it wouldn't be living at all, they would just be existing.

  3. I don't see how anyone could watch even a few minutes of this and not be outraged that such support is being taken away. Sadly, though, I fear the people who could do something about it are the ones who just won't bother to watch it. Better to hide behind their cuts.

  4. I thought that the courts had ruled that taking away and closing down the ILF was against the law or discrimination? Is this not the case then?
    I haven't watched the video yet - I have to build myself up to watch things like that :(

    1. Sadly the ILF is closed to new applicants, so others as severely disabled as Mary would now have to rely on their local council's care...

      And I think local council care budgets are in danger of being cut too.

  5. Poor Mary Laver. She must be such a strong person, bless her heart. How can the government hurt people like this. It cannot be so, it is unbelievably sad. The world must be weeping at it's core to see such evil treatment of innocent people who need just a little love and care from us. That isn't too much to ask Mr Cameron, is it!

  6. Another scam by the government to allow the rich to further exploit the poor and turn those who work against those who don't work. Remember this, all those working in jobs in the lower end of the market; if they can get someone to work for free, you may lose your job and then a little later down the line may find you have to do that job without getting paid!!! Be careful what you wish for.

  7. This government hates the disabled.

  8. I have been deeply touched by Mary's story.

    Surely it is only humane to expect that people with such needs should be given the just amount of care, time and resources through funding?! Is that not a basic responsibility of the government to look after those who require it in our society?

    And in taking this fund away, I agree with Simon, that Mary would most certainly have to rely on her local authority for care and it is evident how that would affect her life in her film.

    I will sign the petition and hope that others watch this and raise awareness of these cruel cuts affecting those classed as the most vulnerable in society.

  9. i would say you, thanks for sharing.

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