To All Labour Members of Parliament in the Greater Manchester & Merseyside region.
Disability Living Allowance is paid to people with disabilities, long-term or life-long illness to help with their daily needs. The payment of this benefit has helped transformed the lives of millions of disabled people in the UK since its introduction in 1992.
Without this benefit, many people would not have been able to lead a "normal" life or indeed would have led a life of poverty, whch as a result, may have exacerbated the condition of any disability or even led to death.
Many Paralympians at London 2012 have said that without Disability Living Allowance they would not have been able to achieve the success they did for our country.
From 2013 up until 2016 the Conservative and Liberal Coalition government intend to phase out Disability Living Allowance and replace it with a new system of Personal Independence Payments.
As a result, every single person receiving Disability Living Allowance will have to undergo further medical tests, in our regions, undertaken by the controversial company ATOS, whom many believe, have alsready discriminated against people living with disabilities and long-term and/or life-long illness through their management of medical tests for Employment Support Allowance.
Many thousands of people all over the UK now believe the government is abolishing Disability Living Allowance as a means to make further savage cuts on the most vulnerable in society.
At the Liberal Democrat conference this week they voted in favour of a review of the Welfare Reform Act and in doing so have expressed serious concerns that the purpose of introducing the new Personal Independence Payments, is to make savings of 20% or around £1 billion in savings.
Liberal Democrat party members condemned their own government because they believe that those living with "hidden" disabilities will no longer qualify for help under the new system and those currently living with other disabilities, including some forms of physical disability will have their help reduced.
It has become even more clear in recent times that even having a disability at all does not guarantee assistance under the new system.
The immense distress many people living with disabilities and/or long-term/life-long illness are suffering as a result of the proposed changes cannot be measured but is terrifying.
Disability Living Allowance has been responsible for transforming the lives of millions of disabled people in the United Kingdom improve their quality of life, to one of dignity, respect and life-fullfilling. Disability Living Allowance has been one of the few things in our country that has demonstrated as a nation that we try to look after the most vulnerable in our society and this help is being abolished.
For these reasons, we believe Disability Living Allowance should not be abolished and we oppose cuts in help that assist the most vulnerable in society.
We should not give the Conservative/Liberal Coalition the opportunity to abolish the benefit through change when it is clear the success of this benefit has transformed the lives of millions and the changes are being used as an opportunity to make savage cuts.
We call on the Labour Party to back our campaign to oppose the abolition of Disability Living Allowance for Personal Independence Payments and sign our petition at link http://epetitions.direct.gov.
uk/petitions/38182 (Stop the Abolition of Disability Living Allowance for Personal Independence Payments), promote our campaign and in Parliament oppose any measures that abolishes an extremely successful benefit payment that has helped millions of people living with disabilities in the United Kingdom.
We are in communication with the action group "Disabled People Against Cuts" and its members and so far our petition on HM Government website has collected more than 2,000 signatures in only 2 to 3 weeks.
I have also copied this email; to Dame Anne Begg and David Blunkett MP for their tireless work in promoting the rights of people living with disabilities.
We look forward to hearing from you in due course. Best wishes
Community Action Party
Community Action Party