24 November 2011
As the Welfare Reform Bill reaches its final stages, many heath and disability charities including Action for M.E. are working together with the Hardest Hit campaign on behalf of people with long term conditions.
You can still get involved.
As well as the 'Christmas card' initiative, the Hardest Hit campaign website includes a helpful guide to lobbying your local politicians.
As the guide says, “The Welfare Reform Bill is currently in the Lords but will be returning to the House of Commons around the end of the year for a crucial final vote.
“We need to challenge MPs to vote against policies that will push disabled people further into poverty and isolation.
“The more MPs who can hear first hand how the changes will affect the lives of their constituents the more likely it is that we will have an impact.”
The guide includes a template letter which you can send to your MP – or adapt for your local parliamentary or assembly representative.
Live in N Ireland, Scotland or Wales?
Although welfare reform is not a devolved issue, the Bill will impact on local authority spend and services across the UK, so it is of interest to devolved governments - see notes from the recent Scottish welfare reform forum for details.
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