Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Back on the street again

Tomorrow we, as a family, will take to the streets - wheelchair and all (assuming he's well enough) on my first demonstration since I marched against the Vietnam war 40 odd years ago. I don't have the time or energy for this really - being a carer takes it out of you and doesn't leave you much free time. But this is important.

  • Our council is reducing the money it pays charities to help care for my son.
  • It's taking care away from people with only (sic) moderate learning disabilities.
  • It's closing respite centres for learning disabled children.
  • It's reducing support for people with personalised budgets and domiciliary care by 20%.
  • And the elderly and disabled here are being hit with more than their fair share of these cuts.

If we don't stand up now and say clearly that these cuts are hurting real people and we won't stand for it, they will see us as easy targets and cut even more. People like my son are vulnerable - they need to be cared for. Reducing his service will reduce the quality of his life. Of course we'll protect him as much as we can, but we don't have limitless funds - and care costs. We can only stay awake so long - and care takes time. One day we won't be here to protect him - someone will have to do it and it's only fair they should get paid for this.

We won't be the only wheels on the street - whether it will make a difference, we'll wait and see. I don't really want to have to do this but I have to.

If we all really are in this together, some of us have barely got wet feet and some of us are in it up to our necks - and it's the weakest who are in the deepest. This is wrong.


  1. Good luck out there! There was a march here last weekend but I couldn't walk well enough to go. There will continue to be marches as our MP has been pretty much living in a bunker and backing everything his Conservative party is saying - horrible comments from him on Ch4 last night apparently, but not surprised.

    No one wants to be forced to have to make a noise, but I think it has to happen, and it will just get louder.

  2. Best of luck with the march - I hope it is enough to get someone to take notice of you. We families have been invisible for too long, as it takes up so much energy to 'participate' and become visible - energy and time that most of us rarely have to spare. I salute you, Ned Ludd.

  3. Good luck with the march Ned. I do so hope someones sits up and takes notice - but will they?

    It is so easy to make 'cuts' if the personal involvement is not there. Remoteness is safe.

    Anna :o]

  4. Thanks for support. They voted the cuts through anyway (unsurprisingly) but at least they got a message. The disability/carers lobby isn't going to hide away and be quietly heroic any more. An eventful day - police ejecting protesters from public gallery etc. (not us, but some disabled families included). Will post on it when adrenalin has settled a bit.

  5. Great blog Ned. It's so important that carers' voices are heard, especially after the way they have been insulted by leading Lancashire politicians.

    I've added you to my bloglist.

  6. People need to know that the most vulnerable members of society are being hit hardest and first by the budget cuts. Even if they go through anyway, you did a great thing. Thank you.

  7. Thanks for support - about to blog it.