The independent living movement will only continue

first_imgThe independent living movement will only continue to thrive if Britain stays in the European Union (EU) according to one of its pioneers.John Evans, one of the founders of the UK independent living movement, told a Westminster seminar that he believed independent living would only continue to develop in the UK if it was still protected by EU laws.           He said that disabled people wanted to “pull down barriers, not erect them” and recognised that discrimination “does not stop at borders”.Evans (pictured) was liberated from a Cheshire Home 33 years ago, when he used council funding to set up his own independent living scheme in Hampshire, and has since become a key figure in both the UK and European independent living movements.He was involved in 1989 – along with disabled people from 19 European countries – in setting up the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), an organisation he later chaired.He told the audience of politicians, academics and campaigners who support voting to remain in the EU in this month’s referendum that his involvement in ENIL had had a huge influence on his life, and that he had “personally witnessed the enormous benefits, successes and achievements disabled people in the UK have gained from the EU”.He said: “I firmly believe that in order for independent living to continue to thrive, we need to be able to do it within the European legislative framework and along with our disabled friends and allies in Europe.”Evans has been employing personal assistants (PAs) for 33 years, and in that time has employed people from 12 EU member states.He said a decision to leave the EU would mean such recruitment would no longer be possible, and so would “restrict thousands of disabled people” looking for PAs, which was “already a big problem in this country, particularly in many rural areas”.He said that if the UK left the EU, thousands of other disabled people who use PAs from other EU member states would find it increasingly difficult to find the staff they needed.He said: “Disabled people in the UK have simply too much to lose if we leave the EU, and personally I am horrified at the very thought of it.“We want to protect Europe’s very significant achievements for disabled people, and prevent others from being taken away from us, and provide a platform for the further improvements for our future.”The seminar was supported by the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, and was chaired by the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell.Evans described how another disabled person told him last month that the EU had done nothing to challenge austerity in Europe, but he said he had corrected her by pointing to a coalition formed four years ago by ENIL, which included the European Disability Forum, Inclusion Europe and members of the European parliament, and which provided a “united voice” against the impact of austerity measures.He said: “This work is still going on and it is important it does on a European level and that we are part of it.”Evans said that disabled people in Britain had been seen as “pioneers” of independent living in Europe, because of their many campaigning successes and progressive legislation such as the Community Care (Direct Payments) Act and the Disability Discrimination Act, while other EU countries had struggled to secure such legislation.He said: “We want to continue to play this important, influential role in Europe, which is why it is so vital we remain within the EU.”Evans also pointed to funds from the European Commission and the EU’s European Social Fund that have been used to strengthen independent living networks and set up projects for disabled people in the UK.He said: “If we leave the EU we would not have access to this funding mechanism, which would restrict independent living possibilities at a time when resources are very scarce for supporting this work in the UK.”last_img read more

Chairman States That Significant Improvements Nece

first_imgChairman States That Significant Improvements Necessary On A Consistent BasisIn his programme notes for the Salford game (below) Eamonn McManus described last week’s performance against Hull as unacceptable and that significant improvement at every level needs to be achieved.They read:“Everyone at the club: players, coaching staff, management and particularly myself, are under no illusions that last week’s exit from the Challenge Cup at the hands of Hull FC was and is unacceptable.An early exit from a competition so cherished by this club is in its own right difficult to accept, but the manner of the capitulation by a near to full strength Saints team in front of a home crowd was an embarrassment for a club of our history, standing and standards.The only way to redeem ourselves to our supporters is to show significant improvement throughout the rest of the Super League season.The League and Grand Final are as realistic goals to us as to any other Super League club, but only if we consistently play to our potential over the next five months. At the moment we are way, way below the required levels and we are under no illusions that everyone at the club has to improve their standards of effort and performance. This is rightly expected by you all.There is no point in having a wonderful stadium, training facilities, academy system and community programme (which we have and which so many good people have worked so hard and for so long to achieve) if the first team do not perform. It is ultimately their results and their performances that determine the success and reputation of the Saints and last week was as far below that as is imaginable.That said, nothing is achieved within the club by tub thumping and lashing out. Everyone at the club, particularly me, has to look at themselves and at their colleagues and identify any and all weaknesses and to address them as and when we can. The standards which we have so long set and held have to be re-attained. Your support has to be earned and not expected.That said, we are two points off second position in the league and four points from the top. Given the unpredictable nature of the competition every weekend and the fact that all clubs will definitely experience peaks and troughs in form during the remainder of the season, a decent run of results can see us challenging for honours again.It is only a few weeks since an under strength Saints team beat league leaders Warrington at the Halliwell Jones. It is only a few weeks since the Hull players locked their own coach out of the changing room after getting hammered by then top of the table Widnes.Form and position will continue to be volatile this season, but we have to improve markedly and consistently if we are to win the league and the Grand Final. It can be done and it must remain our aim.”last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Sundays Kar

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Sunday’s Karalius Cup clash with Widnes Vikings.All five of the club’s new signings – Ryan Morgan, Matty Smith, Luke Douglas, Adam Walker and Tommy Lee – are expected to play alongside the majority of the first team squad.Only Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook is unavailable from last season’s side.Saints squad:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Joe Greenwood, 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Adam Walker, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Tommy Lee, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 19. Greg Richards, 20. Morgan Knowles, 21. Jack Owens, 22. Matty Fleming, 23. Jack Ashworth, 24. Danny Richardson, 25. Ricky Bailey, 26. Jake Spedding, 27. Calvin Wellington, 28. Regan Grace, 30. Jonah Cunningham, 31. Aaron Smith.Denis Betts has named a 24-man squad:1. Rhys Hanbury, 2. Corey Thompson, 3. Chris Bridge, 4. Charly Runciman, 5. Patrick Ah Van, 7. Tom Gilmore, 10. Jack Buchanan, 11. Chris Houston, 12. Matt Whitley, 15. Gil Dudson, 17. Stefan Marsh, 18. Greg Burke, 19. Macgraff Leuluai, 20. Manase Manuokafoa, 22. Ted Chapelhow, 23. Jay Chapelhow, 24. Sam Brooks, 25. Tom Olbison, 26. Tom Armstrong, 28. Ryan Ince, 29. Brad Walker, 31. Jordan Johnstone, 32. Danny Craven, 42. Danny Walker.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee is J Roberts.Ticket details can be found here.Saints will wear their new away kit on Sunday, with Widnes in their home.last_img read more

13 Brandon ONeill – Hooker from Widnes Moorfield

first_img13. Brandon O’Neill – Hooker from Widnes MoorfieldHe is sponsored by Ahead Designer Hair Store and Widnes Scaffolding.Previous Number 13s: 2004 – Scott Moore (Leigh Miners Rangers & Blackbrook) 2006 – Jamie Foster (Blackbrook) 2009 – Daniel Hunter (Portico Vine) 2011 – Jack Jones (Portico Vine) 2013 – Keiron Herbert (Orrell St James) 2015 – Jordan Gibbons (Orrell St James & Wigan St Patricks)14. Samuel Royle – Loose Forward from Thatto Heath CrusadersHe is sponsored by Knauf Insulation.Previous Number 14s: 2004 – Tony Owen (Blackbrook) 2006 – Gareth Frodsham (Pilkington Recs) 2009 – Tommy Johnson (Blackbrook) 2011 – Ben Parry (Chorley Panthers) 2013 – David Hewitt (Bold Miners) 2015 – Callum Hazzard (Clock Face Miners)15. Brandon Scully – Prop Forward from Blackbrook RoyalsHe is sponsored by the Blue Bell Pub, Park Road Café, Burchalls, Crispy Cod and South London Silverbacks.Previous Number 15s: 2004 – Andrew Parnell (Pilkington Recs) 2006 – Lee Gaskell (Blackbrook) 2009 – Danny Jones (Haydock Warriors & Blackbrook) 2011 – Mark Percival (Halton Farnworth Hornets) 2013 – Morgan Knowles (Barrow Island) 2015 – Robbie Horton (Thatto Heath Crusaders & Leigh Miners Rangers)last_img read more