Merton CIL is disappointed to learn that plans for step-free access at Haydons Road Station have been blocked by Govia Thameslink because of concerns it would lead to vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

Merton CIL has published a new report about Deaf and Disabled people's experiences of the Covid 19 pandemic and lockdowns in the borough. The report details the impact the situation had on Deaf and Disabled people in Merton from early 2020 through to mid-2021 when restrictions started to ease.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched an inquiry into people's experiences of challenging or trying to challenge council decisions about adult social care. This includes decisions about whether people are entitled to support from adult social care and what type of and how much support they get.

Merton CIL has heard from Disabled people who live on streets that have been made into school safety zones are having problems. While people with Blue Badges can use the streets without problems, we have heard from people who have carers visiting them who have been fined and who have had difficulties getting taxis and cabs to pick them up during the times that the roads are closed to most traffic.

Merton CIL's shares the concerns of many other Deaf and Disabled People's Organisations about the government's new disability strategy. The strategy falls at the first hurdle as it hasn't been co-produced with Deaf and Disabled people and has ended up being a mishmash of old promises repackaged and plans for more consultation, with very little that is going to have a great impact on the lives of Deaf and Disabled people. Merton CIL supports the view of the Disabled People's Forum that any plan to improve the lives of Deaf and Disabled people needs to be based on UN Convention on the rights of Disabled people. You can read the National Disability Strategy here - https://bit.ly/3ypJz55 You can read an easy read version of the strategy here - https://bit.ly/37jpQbg

Over the next 5 years, City Bridge Trust - the City of London Corporation's charity funder - will help Merton CIL to increase independence and inclusion for the local Deaf and Disabled community in Merton after awarding the organisation £247,300 to continue delivering and developing an accredited, person centred and accessible home visiting advice and advocacy service.

Merton CIL's board of trustees decided to move to a new and innovative management structure, where the four members of our skilled senior management team now co-manage the organisation. The co-management structure that we opted for instead of hiring a CEO allows us to provide interesting and varied routes into leadership work and skills building for Deaf and Disabled people and individuals with lived experiences of issues faced by our Deaf and Disabled service users.

We are seeking a committed and organised individual to join our team as an Office Administrator. You will be joining our team to provide administrative support to the organisation, as well as board of trustees. This role is key to ensuring that the organisation runs smoothly and that we achieve our aims. Deadline for applications is 9am on 10th May 2021.

We are seeking a passionate and committed person to join Merton Centre for Independent Living as a Disability Hate Crime Caseworker. Merton Centre for Independent Living is a values-based, user-led charity which supports Deaf and Disabled People in the London Borough of Merton to live independently, challenge discrimination and achieve change locally.

We are wishing you all a lovely Easter and relaxing bank holiday weekend. It has been a hectic few months and we will be taking a short break over Easter. Our office will be closed on Friday 2nd April and Monday 5th April. If you need support or have an update for us please leave a voicemail on 0203 397 3119 or email us at info@mertoncil.org.uk and we will get back to you in our return. You can find a list of organisaton that can provide support while we are closed here - https://www.mertoncil.org.uk/useful-information/chapter-1-advice-advocacy-an/