United Response works hard in policy forums and campaign groups to advance the needs and aspirations of people we support.
We are always looking for opportunities for people to speak up for themselves. If people want us to, we support them to take part in campaigns.
We try to engage positively with issues - our main aim is to offer practical suggestions. We produce short policy papers to help highlight key points when we have something useful to contribute.
Mental Health Bill
November 29th 2006: The Mental Health Alliance organised a mass lobby of Parliament on 28th November.
To find out more go to www.mentalhealthalliance.org.uk
November 17th 2006: The Government has published the Mental Health Bill.
Read our briefing on the second reading of the Bill (opens in Word)
United Response is one of more than 75 organisations involved in the Mental Health Alliance. The Mental Health Alliance exists to campaign for better mental health legislation and is made up of people with mental illness, carers and professionals.To find out more about the Alliance go to www.mentalhealthalliance.org.uk
Welfare Reform Bill
The Government's Welfare Reform Bill aims to break down barriers to work and to create a new Employment Support Allowance to help give people support and to help them find work.
To find out more about the Bill go to www.dwp.gov.uk
The government is working on plans to take steps across government to improve the lives of people who are currently disadvantaged.
Equal Treatment: Closing the Gap
The Disability Rights Commission launched a formal investigation into physical health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities and/or mental health problems.
The DRC says "The report highlights the scale of inequalities they face and calls for urgent action on a range of fronts.
The evidence of inequalities is overwhelming: greater likelihood of major illness, developing health problems at an earlier age than the rest of the population, and dying earlier. The reasons for problems are many; poverty is linked to poorer health, but our clinical evidence shows it is not the only factor."
To find out more go to http://www.drc.org.uk
Social Care White Paper
The government has published a white paper on social care: 'Our health, our care, our say: a new direction in community services.'
The paper aims to provide better choice for people over the services they receive.
To find out more go to http://www.dh.gov.uk
Mental Capacity Act
The Mental Capacity Act has now been agreed.
The Mental Capacity Act has now been agreed. The aim of the Act is help people who may not be able to make their own decisions. It will come into effect in 2007.
Disability Discrimination Act 2005
The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 has now been agreed.
The new Act updates the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995. It aims to introduce a new responsibility on all public services to consider disabled people in everything they do. It creates new rights for disabled people to use public transport, and for disabled tenants to make reasonable adjustments to their homes.
For more information on the Act, go to http://www.drc.org.uk
United Response is actively involved in several groups working for change.
ARC (The Association for Real Change)
ARC is an umbrella organisation which brings together those who provide services for people with a learning disability.
The Making Decisions Alliance
The Making Decisions Alliance is campaigning for urgent new legislation on mental capacity.
Mental Health Alliance
A coalition of over 50 organisations, sharing common concerns about the Government's proposals to reform the Mental Health Act (1983).
Mental Health Providers Forum
Voluntary agencies working together to improve mental health.
Voluntary Organisations Disability Group
VODG is a federation of 22 national voluntary organisations who provide direct services to support disabled people.