Merton CIL News 2016

With just 7 weeks notice, a snap election has been called for 8th June 2017.   A snap election by definition means that everything happens quickly. From our experience as a grassroots Deaf and Disabled people’s organisation, we know that a fast pace can exclude Disabled people.

Reda our latest information-packed newsletter - There is so much to update you on!

If you have used our service over the past 12 months you may receive a call from us asking if you would be willing to provide some feedback on the service that you received.

Last August, Anjan from the Public Health team at Merton Council came to visit the Merton CIL members group to talk about members’ ambitions for The Wilson and what that would look like. The Health and Wellbeing Board have now published the results of their consultation and community conversations. Merton CIL members are featured in the report and we hope you feel heard. 

Last August, Merton CIL responded to an inquiry by The House of Lords Select Committee on Financial Exclusion on behalf of our members. We told them about the disadvantage being faced by Disabled people across all areas of our lives.

As many of our members and supporters may know, we launched a new service supporting survivors of hate crime last year, which is funded by MOPAC. We recieved a Thank you letter from Chris Lee of Merton Council and have a new easy read version of our hate crime report. 

Merton CIL Wrote an Open Letter to Merton Council Expressing Concern at Planned Cuts to Adult Social Care

Over 40 disabled people and supporters attended our annual “My Voice Matters” event on 8th December and told Merton CIL what they want us to focus on over the next few years. One attendee said it was “good to hear disabled people speak for themselves.”

Please take part in our short annual survey - we would love to hear from you!

 

Merton CIL will be closed from 3pm on Friday 23rd December 2016 and normal working hours will commence from Tuesday 3rd January 2016. Please email or leave voicemails in the meantime and we will get back to you upon opening. 

Here is our latest action-packed newsletter. We'd especially like to invite you to our annual event My Voice Matters: My Future Matters! Come along we will be prioritising issues raised and decide what we need to focus on at Merton CIL. BSL interpreters are available and there will be a pizza lunch provided.

You can RSVP on our Eventbrite page or just give us a call on 0203 397 3119 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-voice-matters-2016-tickets-28528499510 

We look forward to seeing you there, and hope you enjoy the rest of the newsletter too!

Over 80 per cent of Merton residents have called for Merton Council to make Adult Social Care their number one spending priority following a recent consultation. 

One of our volunteers has written a thoughtful piece for us on recent events.

Merton CIL have sent an in-depth response to Merton Council's 'Council Tax and Council Spending Consultation'. In summary, our findings are that disabled people in Merton are finding it extremely difficult to live independently due to cuts to Adult Social Care, particularly when combined with cuts in other areas of their lives too. Council plans for the year ahead, including further cuts, risk tipping disabled people into crisis. In addition, the consultation process has been divisive and undermines the relationship between disabled people and the Council.

The big question is whether to increase Council Tax by 3.99% to raise £3million to protect council services against the worst of up to £20million cuts that are coming down the line. Half of this £3million would be spent solely on Adult Social Care, providing critical services for the most vulnerable members of our community.  
 

Why your vote is important and a back ground on the candidates 

PRESS RELEASE: 500 Disabled People a Year in Merton Experiencing Hate Crime

Review of Rival Consultation Review of Rival Consultation A bitter dispute has broken out about whether a Council consultation on whether to raise Council Tax has been undermined by a rival survey sent out by local Councillors.

We urge our members/supporters to complete a copy of the survery about council tax and spending. 

PRESS RELEASE: Disabled people to be kicked out of community centre by Merton Council and Harris Academy…without consultation