Motions on: Disability & Mental Health

Motions in this section from:

1) Newcastle People's Assembly
2) Black Country People's Assembly
3) Barnet Alliance for Public Services

1) Newcastle People's Assembly

Austerity and Mental Health

This People’s Assembly conference recognises that austerity policies not only affect people economically, but have led to increased instances of mental illness, including higher levels of anxiety and clinical depression, and in severe cases attempts at suicide.  Those already suffering from mental illness are particularly vulnerable.

At the same time, while demand for mental health services has gone up, support facilities have been cut, and sufferers are more likely to be sanctioned following Work Capability Assessments than to receive benefits.

Conference resolves that the People’s Assembly should give more prominence in campaigns to the link between mental illness and austerity policies.  We welcome the formation of Psychologists Against Austerity and will seek to involve a close working relationship with them.  

2) Black Country People's Assembly

NOTHING ABOUT US, WITHOUT US
 
Conference notes that:

1. The 3 October 2010 saw the first mass protest against the
austerity cuts outside the Tory conference. It was led by disabled
people under the name of The Disabled Peoples’ Protest. Five
years on nearly all the gains disabled people have made over the
last thirty years are being taken away by successive Governments.
Disabled people are not only having their rights removed, many
risk increased poverty and the lost of independence. We should
not ignore or play down the stark reality that many disabled people
could be forced into residential care against their wishes because
of inadequate support and high cost.  
 
2. Disabled people and their organisations such as Disabled People
Against the Cuts have been at the forefront of the major
anti­austerity campaigns. Despite this fact many disabled
campaigners feel marginalised within or excluded from meetings
and events organised at local, regional and national events.
 
3. Too often disabled people are facing disabling barriers in the form
of inaccessible venues and platforms; inadequate information and
often inaccessible formats; non­disabled led organisations making
decisions which impact upon disabled people with little or no
consultation and there remains a tendency to ignore leading
disability campaigners when lists of speakers are compiled.
 
4. Disabled campaigners are critical of how they subjected to
portrayals which impose negative stereotyping and cite the use of
language which patronises, demeans or misrepresents disabled
people and their issues.
 
5. The decision by disabled activists to initiate a new project called,
Operation Invisible ​designed to challenge non­inclusive practices
which deny disabled people the right to participation in political and
social life thus rendering them invisible.
 
Conference recognises the need to:
 
1. Ensure disabled people and their organisations are supported at a
local, regional and national to fully participate in events.
 
2. Assist where necessary at local and regional levels, organisations
needing to know more about ensuring inclusive practice.
 
3. Review how PA involves and consults disabled people’s
organisations in terms of national events to ensure maximum
participation by disabled people is achieved.
 
4. Work with disabled people to address any physical, organisational
and attitudinal barriers they may encounter working with PA
affiliated campaigns.

3) Barnet Alliance for Public Services

“The People’s Assembly  demands that national government and local authorities recognise the severe hardship cuts to benefits and to services provided to the disabled, ill and infirm of all ages is causing to vulnerable people in the United Kingdom, which in some cases has led to their death, and  that they ensure that they meet the financial, health and social care needs of these vulnerable people.   The People’s Assembly further demands  an end to zero hours contracts and poor pay for care workers
The People’s Assembly asks that the Labour Party campaign against cuts in services and benefits and for better conditions of employment for care workers and urges trade unions to show solidarity with care workers by supporting any industrial action they take.

It is not acceptable to cut benefits, decimate social care and health services and erode terms and conditions of service of those who are employed to look after and support these vulnerable people.”

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