It is now a platitude to say we have a crisis of care in this country, but the experience of the pandemic has brought home what this really means. Not only did it expose the deeply inadequate support and provision for disabled people, the very old and the very young, it also exposed how we are dependent on each other and our institutions when it comes to living a healthy and enjoyable life. As well as exploring what a genuinely caring society could look like, we’ll be hearing proposals from disabled trade unionists about the idea of a National Independent Living Support Service (NILSS) and why this would be transformative.
Ellen is a Disabled People Against Cuts activist and the disabled people's representative on the Labour Party NEC.
Martha Foulds is a DPAC member, trade unionist and social care recipient based in Sheffield
Dan Carden is the Labour MP for Liverpool Walton, and Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury.
The Care Collective (Andreas Chatzidakis, Jamie Hakim, Jo Littler, Catherine Rottenberg and Lynne Segal) was formed in 2017, originally as a London-based reading group aiming to understand and address the multiple crises of care. Each coming from a different discipline, we have been active both collectively and individually in diverse academic and political contexts
Disabled People Against Cuts is an organisation based in the United Kingdom for disabled people and allies to campaign against the impact of government spending cuts on the lives of disabled people.