The Campaign in England was launched with a full page advertisement in the Times on 8th February 2011.
The Campaign for a Fair Society is a popular movement that challenges the unfair cuts that target the most vulnerable and proposes positive principles for a better system.
The English Campaign for a Fair Society is governed by a steering group comprising people with disabilities and key disability organisations.
Sue Livett (Chair) | [email protected]
Steering group members
Gary Aldridge – Assistant Director of Positive Behaviour Support, Choice Support: I got involved in the Campaign as I work for a charity developing skills & capacity of services supporting individuals whose behaviour may challenge & or have autistic spectrum support needs. The unfair cuts make innovation & early intervention more difficult to develop in complex services, ultimately leading to future higher costs. The cuts make no sense!
Jo Clare – As Chief Executive of Three Cs, I am a member of the Campaign because it believes in a society where everyone is supported to live to the full and everyone has an equal opportunity to contribute and be valued. At the moment disabled people and those living in poverty are being demonised and scapegoated to justify disproportionate cuts in public spending. That is just wrong. It is good to join like-minded people who are acting together to protect the interests of the most vulnerable.
Sue Livett – Chief Executive, Aldingbourne Trust. The Trust supports people who have a learning and/or physical disability with jobs, education, training, homes, leisure & friendships. Previously developed 3 innovative schemes in the voluntary sector, including supporting women with forensic psychiatric support needs, a parent-led nursery & ex-offender accommodation. Degrees in Psychology & Business Administration & a diploma in Forensic Mental Health & my voluntary work has included prison visiting, supporting people who are alcohol dependent, the local Independent Living Association & campaigning. I joined the Campaign to ensure people’s voices are heard & to work with others to separate out stupid ways of working to smart ways forward.
Steven Rose MSc, RN(LD), RMN, FRSA, FCWR – Choice Support. Steven is a founder member of the Campaign for a Fair Society. He has been Choice Support’s CEO since 1991 and has worked with people with learning disabilities since 1974. Steven is a Fellow of the Centre for Welfare Reform and a Director of the Housing & Support Alliance.
Philippa Thompson – ILA West Sussex
Bob Tindall – Managing Director, United Response, a national charitable organisation that provides care & support to vulnerable people, in particular people with learning disabilities, mental health needs, people with sensory loss & dementia. I’m involved in the Campaign because many aspects of our society as it is currently structured are unfair, and disabled people are particularly disadvantaged by this. I am very concerned at the recent major cuts in benefits to disabled people’s income and feel we can address some of our public sector debt in ways which do not hit the poorest hardest & address the wasteful & perverse disincentives which exist in the spending of public money.
Rosemary Trustam – Community Living Magazine. I’m a registered social worker. I know everyone can make a contribution & make a difference, given the right support. I publish Community Living magazine, which campaigns for equal rights for people with learning disabilities. I believe in a just society which helps people have a hand up & cares for all its citizens. I’m appalled & outraged by the current situation where we are seeing the impact of the country’s financial difficulties disproportionately on the poorest & most vulnerable, & disabled. I see no fairness in the evidence of the rich growing richer while disabled people, families & children are pushed into poverty. The real facts are not being given to the general public. The Campaign offers a different & fairer way & presents good evidence of what is happening to people with current government policies & is prepared to speak out and work with others for a fairer society.
Sally Warren – Paradigm
Organisations supporting the campaign
The following organisations and individuals support the Campaign. If your organisation would like to express support for the campaign add it’s name to this list please contact [email protected]
Bedford St Community Company
Care Co-ops Community Services
Chester Adult Phab Social Club
Community Living Magazine
Contact a Family – for families with disabled children
Creative Support Ltd
Centre for Inclusive Futures
The Centre for Welfare Reform
Down’s Syndrome Association
Enough Is Enough
The Foundation for Families
Generate Opportunities Ltd
Havencare (Plymouth) Ltd
Hayfield Support Service with Deaf People
Isle of Wight Carers Forum – Adults with a Learning Disabilit
Jan Walmsley Associates
Learning Disability Carers Community
Links Resource Centre, Manchester
MCCH Society Ltd
North West Training and Development Team
Parkwood Extra Care
Partners in Advocacy
Pathways Associates CIC
Peaks and Dales Advocacy
Personalisation Forum Group
Personalisation Plus Ltd
Progress Care Housing Association (member of Progress Housing Group)
Roberts Care and Training – S
Sale & Altrincham Mencap
See Me As Me
Sheila Jones Trust
Skills for People
Social Care Association
Southdown Housing Association
Stay Up Late
West Lancs Peer Support Group
YMCA North Staffordshire