Remaining politically neutral during General Election 2024


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Wibbles
Wibbles Community member Posts: 1,652 Pioneering
I suggest that as a many of us as possible contact our MP's - to at least make it clear that they cannot just walk over disabled people like it looks as if they intend to try to do........
use https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/ or another way of contacting them
because as the name says - they are supposed to work for YOU - Not the PM
Mine - appears to hate disabled people - he constantly votes against benefits being paid including "voting for reductions in benefits for disabled and ill claimants required to participate in activities intended to increase their chances of obtaining work."
What a HATEFUL "Tory" person - still he'll be out of a job shortly


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  • MW123
    MW123 Scope Member Posts: 517 Pioneering
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    @Wibbles
    Concerned about proposed changes to PIP, I have an appointment to meet with my MP at his upcoming constituency surgery in two weeks. I want to express my anxieties about these amendments directly to him.
    This isn't my first time seeking his help. A few years ago, I attended his surgery to discuss the burden of hospital parking fees, which were costing me £84 per month. At the time, the hospital offered free parking only to blue badge holders with tax-exempt vehicles and those receiving means-tested benefits. Neither applied to me.
    Thanks to my MP's intervention and understanding of my situation, I was granted free hospital parking, which was incredibly helpful. He showed genuine kindness and grasped the challenges I faced as a disabled person struggling with these charges. His efforts didn't stop with me he successfully advocated for free parking for all blue badge holders.
    While your MP, Wibbles, has betrayed the trust of disabled voters with his appalling disregard, my local Tory MP has, so far, maintained a commitment to representing all constituents with dignity. 
    Now, as we face the proposals outlined in the Health and Disability Green Paper, it's imperative that we unite in our demand for a system that is fair, compassionate, and just. We must hold this paper to the highest standards of accountability.  I eagerly await hearing my MP's thoughts on these proposals, and I expect him to uphold the principles of equality and respect that our democracy demands.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,820 Disability Gamechanger
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    I wouldn't walk past my tory MP, the good news he has a few months left then he'll be claiming UC 
    2024 The year of the general election...the time for change is coming 💡

  • letitbe
    letitbe Community member Posts: 346 Pioneering
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    woodbine said:
    I wouldn't walk past my tory MP, the good news he has a few months left then he'll be claiming UC 
    Let’s hope tho I highly doubt Labour will be much good , peas in a pod 
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,820 Disability Gamechanger
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    letitbe said:
    woodbine said:
    I wouldn't walk past my tory MP, the good news he has a few months left then he'll be claiming UC 
    Let’s hope tho I highly doubt Labour will be much good , peas in a pod 
    They really cannot be any worse than this shower.
    2024 The year of the general election...the time for change is coming 💡

  • letitbe
    letitbe Community member Posts: 346 Pioneering
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    woodbine said:
    letitbe said:
    woodbine said:
    I wouldn't walk past my tory MP, the good news he has a few months left then he'll be claiming UC 
    Let’s hope tho I highly doubt Labour will be much good , peas in a pod 
    They really cannot be any worse than this shower.
    True ! Being worse than what we have now would be scraping the barrel of depravity. 
  • MW123
    MW123 Scope Member Posts: 517 Pioneering
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    woodbine said:
    I wouldn't walk past my tory MP, the good news he has a few months left then he'll be claiming UC 
    Woodbine, I completely understand where you're coming from. Please don't interpret my meeting with my Tory MP as an endorsement. It's simply me exercising my rights and responsibilities in our democratic society. 
    The Green Paper survey was intense, taking me over two hours to complete due to its complex and disturbing questions. I carefully considered my responses, particularly on the most concerning aspects.  However, I'm not sure my concerns were fully captured in that survey. 
    That's why I've arranged a face-to-face meeting with my MP. I believe meeting in person is crucial to ensure we're not just statistics in a benefits system, but real people with valid concerns. These proposed changes will lead to suffering, and it's important to send a message so that any future governments considering changes to the welfare bill will already be aware of opposition to changes that deprive the most vulnerable in our society of their rights. 

  • mrsBB
    mrsBB Community member Posts: 66 Courageous
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    I have had a reply to my email from my MP and similar to MW123 my MP is a nice person who has helped me in the past too. However my MP is Labour.

    I have sent the actual letter to SCOPE so they can edit if needed and then hopefully post to the forum, I cant type all that up lol and my editing isn't that reliable so I want to be sure about posting it. The reply although quite lengthy was really quite vague, I am, fingers crossed hoping that Labour are keeping their cards close to their chests at this time and that that might be the reason my concerns were not really addressed in full, we shall see at some point. 
  • MW123
    MW123 Scope Member Posts: 517 Pioneering
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    Hello @mrsBB
    Hopefully we will be able to review the letter once Scope have edited it. While it's disappointing that your MP didn't fully address your concerns, I share your hopeful outlook that perhaps Labour is simply keeping their cards close to their chest for now in terms of their specific policy plans and positions. As the opposition party, they may be waiting for the right strategic time to lay out their full vision and concrete proposals on disability issues.
  • Wibbles
    Wibbles Community member Posts: 1,652 Pioneering
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    Can Scope not put this suggestion somewhere more prominent than just on the forum? 
    The more people who email their MP's the better,
    The numbers of disabled voters can make a difference 
  • mrsBB
    mrsBB Community member Posts: 66 Courageous
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    @MW123, yes I hoping that too, maybe they think its not close enough to the elections to start ''promising things'' really hope that is the case.

    There are one or two areas in the letter that I don't know what to make of, that's one of the reasons I think it would be a good idea to share it even if the MP's name is redacted. It probably is just me though because to be honest I am not very up on politics at all. It is something I think you are either interested in or are not, I like communications straight to the point, no political jargon, no kind of any jargon, that's just me. It is because these proposals will impact so many vulnerable people that I am really trying to take notice of what these proposed reforms will mean to so many, I am trying to put my learning shoes back on, its not easy though.
  • AFCWC
    AFCWC Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    I have spoken with local MP, however he does not feel this is a pressing issue in need of action.

    So many unfair decisions had been made by DWP with vary awards made. Some getting over expenses claims and some sere getting less.

  • AFCWC
    AFCWC Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    A guy was recently awarded a new PIP, and have noticed that, despite being both Deaf and a wheelchair user, his allowance is similar to those who have just one of these disabilities. This means that Deaf people are receiving the same (and in some circumstances, more) than someone who has many more additional needs. I was shocked to hear from another Deaf person, that they were on the top tier of PIP allowance, and on a higher payment plan than him! They also get both two parts as Daily Living and Mobility to walk and travels a lots independently around the globe. Also they qualified disabled blue badge!!

  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 4,782 Scope online community team
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    Every PIP application is different @1960 they're not awarded based on any diagnosis, but on how you show them the disabilities affect each of the PIP descriptors. So it could be different for two people with exactly the same disability.
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  • Wibbles
    Wibbles Community member Posts: 1,652 Pioneering
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    I hope that you told your MP where he can look for votes ?

    Yes the benefits system does need considerable reform but NOT at the expense of genuine claimants…

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