At this years Annual General Meeting (AGM), Co-Chairs Amanda Edwards and Gina Vettese and Joint CEOs David Jenkins and Charlet Wilson, shared Merton CIL’s successes and challenges over the past year and ambitions for the future.

Over the years there has been lot’s of research into different aspects of transport. Travel patterns and behaviours are understood very well. But Transport For All think something is missing from the data – the experiences of Disabled people.

Merton CIL is disappointed to hear that the council has no plans to take advantage of the second potential opportunity to apply for changing places funding and make local spaces more accessible for Disabled people.

The new Disability Poverty Campaign Group (DPCG), which includes Merton CIL, and the Disability Benefits Consortium have issued a stark warning to the Prime Minister that Deaf and Disabled people in the UK face ‘’devastating, intensifying levels of poverty.’’

Almost 40 local Disabled people and supporters attended our annual “My Voice Matters” event on 25th August 2022 to share their thoughts and ideas on the direction of Merton CIL’s future work.

Merton Centre for Independent Living (Merton CIL) hopes to raise over £1,000 to continue our work increasing independence and inclusion for local Deaf and Disabled people over the next two years.

As a member of the Disability Poverty Campaign Group, Merton CIL is supporting calls for more government support for Deaf and Disabled people to deal with the impact of the cost of living crisis.

Merton CIL has welcomed requirements for a minimum of 2 metres space on pavements in new rules on street trading but called for more to be done to keep pavements clear.

The #MakeMertonAccessible campaign has been featured in the journal of the influential Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA).

Merton CIL contacted the Conservatives, Green Party, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties and candidates asking them to pledge to 6 actions if they are successful in the council elections next month. You can read more about our pledges here - We are happy to share responses from all parties contacted.