First 100 MPs contacted #JusticeforLB #LBBill

What a phenomenal 24 hours in the Justice Shed! Thanks to all of you we now know the first hundred MPs have been informed about/asked to support the #LBBill. LBBillContactedMPs_First100

In true #JusticeforLB fashion we’ve needed to rely on our amazing ‘crowd’ to get to this point and we’re extremely grateful to each and every one of you who has emailed, tweeted, written or messaged their MP.

The Private Members Bill ballot happens in ten days on Thursday 4 June, and we’d like to reach many, many more MPs before then, so if you’ve not had a chance yet please do contact them. We’re hoping to turn the whole map green.

Please still contact your MP even if you’ve seen someone else already has done so; the more they get the message that this is important to their constituents, the greater our chance of change.

Together we can improve things for disabled people, not bad for a bit of bank holiday activism.

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Tell your MP about the #LBBill

For those of you following #107days this is a duplicate post – for anyone who isn’t this is for your information and action: 

The #LBBill is an idea to change the law for disabled people so that they have more control over what happens in their lives. We need your help to achieve that.

We need to promote the #LBBill to all the MPs (new and old) now in Westminster. You can read the latest draft by clicking here or on the tab at the top of the page. As with everything #JusticeforLB it has been developed organically and collaboratively, gathering feedback from far and wide including hundreds of disabled people, family members and allies. You can watch a short film (6 mins) about the #LBBill, where it came from and why it’s important here:

We need to contact as many MPs as possible to make them aware of the #LBBill and ask for their support in the Private Member’s Ballot. You can write to your MP via the WriteToThem website (it’ll even tell you who your MP is if you’re not sure); you could also tweet your MP and ask them to pledge their support to the Bill. If you’re unsure of what to say, you could include any of the following:

Please tell your MP that you support the #JusticeforLB campign and that you’re asking them to support a Private Members Bill drafted by the campaign. Please also explain that supporters of the campaign have come together to draft a Bill which would promote and protect disabled people’s right to live in the community with choices equal to others and the support they need. It has become known as ‘LB Bill’ in memory of Connor Sparrowhawk (who was known as LB or Laughing Boy).

Your MP might like to know that the Bill is on its second draft and has had feedback from hundreds of disabled people, family members and allies. The Bill has mass support, as you can see by clicking here or on the supporters tab above. It builds on existing legislation, including the Care Act 2014.

Sign off encouraging your MP to support this Bill and why not ask them to encourage their colleagues to do so. Also encourage them, if they are eligible for and successful in the Private Members Bill ballot, to sponsor the Bill. It would help us if you asked them to reply to let you know whether they support the Bill. It takes two minutes to pledge their support and they can do so here: http://eepurl.com/73mXX

Please add a comment to the #107days post with your MP’s name (and their party and your constituency if you know it) once you’ve contacted them directly, this will help us keep track on how many MPs know about the Bill (and commenting there will keep all the names in one place). If your MP replies and has any specific questions or wishes to discuss the #LBBill then they can email us at LBBillFeedback@gmail.com

We look forward to the pledges of support flooding in, there are 600 MPs so we’ve quite a lot of work to do!

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Day 6: Twelve Days of Christmas #LBBill

Day 6 of the #LBBill Twelve Days of Christmas and it’s time for Clause 4.

Clause 4 would make sure that any time the state takes responsibility for where a disabled person is to live, the arrangements made would have to be the ‘most appropriate’ for them. The starting point should be what the disabled person themselves wants. Other factors to take into account include continued community ties, links to family and friends and opportunities to have positive activities like employment or education. This clause also discusses the issue of costs. We consider that we have three options:

Option 1) Say cost is irrelevant in deciding what is most appropriate.

Option 2) Say nothing about cost.

Option 3) Say the costs of different potential living arrangements are a ‘relevant consideration’.

Option 1 doesn’t seem realistic. Option 2 seems unhelpful and vague. We think Option 3 is best because it means that cost is relevant, but not necessarily the deciding factor.

For example, if there are two living arrangements to choose between, the first is what the disabled person wants and allows strong links to friends and family, but the second is a little cheaper; the first would be ‘most appropriate’ and must be arranged.

However, if the first option is only a little better and costs twice as much, then the second will probably be ‘most appropriate’. If agreement can’t be reached, the disabled person or family would need to request a judicial review.

We have an audio introduction to the clause with easy-read images available here:

We are keen to hear whether people think that there is a better way with dealing with costs. Would what we propose work?

What factors should be taken into account when deciding what is most appropriate?

We think there needs to be a clear right to genuinely independent advocacy in this decision making process. We do not think the new right to advocacy under the Care Act 2014 is enough. Do you agree or disagree?

Let us know what you think, on the feedback pages of the blog, on facebook, twitter, or by email. Thank you.