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Nathan Lee Davies with UK Labour leader – and Nathan’s inspiration – Jeremy Corbyn at the Welsh Labour Conference in April this year. Clwyd South Labour Party Secretary Jackie Owen is also pictured.

PLEASE NOTE: The Thunderclap will take place at 5pm in the UK – it says midday on the Thunderclap website because that site is based in a different time zone.

Support for disabled people in Wales to live independently is due to be withdrawn on March 31, 2019 with the end of the Welsh Independent Living Grant.

The move will leave cash-strapped local authorities solely responsible for the social care of disabled people with high care and support needs.

This is yet another blow against disabled people, following the closure of the UK-wide Independent Living Fund in 2015, by a Tory-led government that clearly hates people with disabilities.

Some disabled people have already been threatened with drastic reductions in their hours of care and support. They say the loss of the WILG will set disabled people’s rights back by 30 years or more.

What is to be done?

Nathan Lee Davies, who supplied the information above, is running a Thunderclap – an organised, simultaneous posting on social media about the threat to the WILG – to get the protest against its loss trending, make more people aware of it and encourage the Welsh Government to rethink its decision.

All you have to do is visit his Thunderclap page – here – and sign up to support the campaign via Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.

The rest is automatic – but hurry; you only have until 5pm today (June 19) to sign up.

If you are disabled, I hope you are already willing to support this. If you are not – and you don’t know whether you want to – just consider how you would feel if you were disabled, and it was your ability to live an independent, fulfilling life that was being taken away.


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