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On Thursday 19th January, Liz Kendall MP, Andy Burnham MP (Shadow Health Secretary) and other members of Labour’s Health Team are visiting the East Midlands to shadow NHS frontline staff and then hold a ‘Drop the Bill’ rally.

The event will take place at 4pm in Leicester. Full details will be sent once you have registered to attend the event.

To register please email vicky_street@labour.org.uk. Places are limited so please register by 12pm Wednesday 18 January.

This event is also open to non-members, so if you have any family or friends who work in healthcare or know of someone who has an interest in the future of the NHS then please pass this onto them and ask them if they would like to join us.

We would like to invite you to this public event to show our opposition to the Government’s Health and Social Care Bill alongside NHS Staff and Trade Unions.

Nye Bevan famously said that there would be an NHS “for as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it”. That fight is now upon us.

P.S Don’t forget to sign the petition to Drop the Bill – http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/22670

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A report published today finds that Government misled MPs and Peers over the hostility to disability benefit reform. It reveals that Parliament has been given only a partial view of the overwhelming opposition to the Coalition’s planned reforms of a key disability benefit, Disability Living Allowance (DLA). The research finds that this opposition was previously not released to public scrutiny by the Government.

The report, Responsible Reform (pdf), was entirely researched, written and funded by disabled people, and coordinated Sue Marsh and Kaliya Franklin of the blogs The Broken of Britain and Diary of a Benefit Scrounger. It is based on the responses to the government’s own consultation on its planned DLA reforms, which were only made public once disabled people requested them under the Freedom of Information Act.

Findings included:

  • 98 per cent of respondents objected to the qualifying period for benefits being raised from 3 months to 6 months
  • 99 per cent of respondents objected to Disability Living Allowance no longer being used as a qualification for other benefits
  • 92% opposed removing the lowest rate of support for disabled people

You can read the full article at the False Economy website.

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