Say ‘Yes, Minister’— it’s Christmas
22 December 2015
by Amy Lambert
Last week I walked through the blustery streets of London to deliver a festive campaigning message to the government.
I was joined by campaigners and students from our Change100 scheme to deliver a five-foot tall Christmas card to ministers at the Department for Work and Pensions.
We wanted to deliver such a big card because we had a pretty big message to send.
Hundreds of people signed our card to ask the government to use the Welfare Reform and Work Bill to support more disabled people to find work.
The government has pledged to halve the disability employment gap in the next five years. If this ambitious target is met there will be an extra 1.1 million disabled people in employment in 2020.
We’re keen to work with and support the government to achieve this.
In our Christmas card, we asked them to use the bill to help more disabled people access apprenticeship schemes, report on how well they are doing in halving the disability employment gap, and tell us what support disabled people can expect from the Work and Health programme.
The card was designed by Doreen Belcher and Carl James — residents of our St Anthony’s care home.
Standing at just five feet myself, delivering the card was a tall order but it made quite an impact.
We have been contacted by officials at the DWP who thanked us for the card and we understand it has been sitting proudly in the ministerial corridor.
Although a small group delivered the card, a huge thank you must go to all our supporters who took part and helped us send such an important Christmas message.
Amy Lambert is a national campaigns officer at Leonard Cheshire Disability.