In this newsletter, Deaf and Disabled people and their families, supporters and friends can find out what Parliamentary Candidates say they will do to address issues which matter. We bring you a review of some of the policies from the three main parties, the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats. And, also hear what candidates from Mitcham & Morden and Wimbledon Constituencies have to say. 

Unfortunately both the planned hustings events for Mitcham & Morden constituency and for Wimbledon constituency had to be cancelled. We still want to give people the opportunity to find out candidates’ views on the issues which matter to local Disabled people so we sent 5 key questions to candidates.

Due to the tragic events in Manchester, the General Election hustings set to take place at The Holy Trinity Church in Wimbledon from 11:30am on 25th May 2017 will be cancelled. Both the Mitcham & Morden hustings and Wimbledon hustings will not be rescheduled. Both events have been cancelled and will no longer take place. 

Today’s General Election hustings event, planned for this afternoon (Tuesday 23rd May) has been postponed in light of the appalling events at the Manchester Arena last night.

Merton CIL are delighted to announce that two hustings events have been organised in partnership with Focus-4-1 and Merton Mencap. Local Disabled people, friends, family and supporters can come along and quiz some of the candidates hoping for your vote!




Merton Council has adopted a new Equality and Community Cohesion Strategy 2017-21. Community representatives, including our Merton CIL Members Group, contributed to the development of the strategy, and raised important points about their experience on inequality.

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

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.”

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 

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

Read our letter to Leader of the Council, Stephen Alambritis, about our concerns over the recently announced Council Tax consultation planned by London Borough of Merton. We also recently responded to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into the future of Adult Social Care, and you can read our views here.

Merton CIL is one of over 40 signatories to have written to the Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Harriet Harman MP – as well as the chairs of the Women and Equalities Select Committee, the Public Accounts Committee and the Home Affairs Select Committee – calling for an investigation after it was reported that G4S has won the contract to run the Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) from 1 October.

In this edition we're looking at the Independent Living Fund, cuts to care packages and Merton Adult Education, as well as updating you on all of the new and exciting news Merton CIL has to share, plus more! 

This is an exciting opportunity for a caseworker at a growing disabled people’s organisation in The London Borough of Merton - £25,000-£29,000 - 24 Hours per week - Deadline 11th August 2016!