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Easier Read – what #LBBill could say and do

Again, thanks to Anne at Barod CIC for this easier read version of my words.

The original version of this post has more detail.

Here are some ideas about #LBBill

Parliament has rules for Private Members Bills.
Our ideas have to follow their rules.
A big rule is that the new law cannot cost extra money.

Some people who want #JusticeforLB work in universities. They will make sure our ideas follow the rules.

Other people want to change the law too. They want new laws so disabled people have a right to live independently. These are big ideas.

We want to keep #LBBill very simple. A simple idea is easier to make into a law than a big idea.

At the moment I think the #LBBill needs 3 ideas:

Idea 1
A disabled person may need the NHS or local council to find them somewhere to live. #LBBill will have a list of rules. The rules will say how the NHS or local council must do this. For example, the NHS or local council must think about what someone wants, think about ways to keep them local and think about ways to help them be part of their community. If the NHS or local council breaks the rules, the disabled person or their family can ask the court to make them follow the rules.

Idea 2
The NHS or local council can only move a person if:
The person agrees (if they are over 16)
Their parent agrees (if the person is a child aged under 16)
The Court of Protection agrees (if they are over 16 but cannot make their own choice)
A Court called the Family Division agrees (if they are under 16 and they don’t have a parent who can make the decision for them) for them)

We think this will make the NHS and local councils think harder before they make people move.

A disabled person may get sent somewhere by a criminal court . So Idea 2 won’t work for them. But Idea 1 will still work.

A disabled person may get “sectioned”. This means they must go to hospital for mental health treatment. So Idea 2 won’t work for them. But Idea 1 will still work.

Idea 3
The local councils and NHS must make sure there is enough support for disabled people in the community. This is very important because it will mean less people need to be sent away from home.

I think this law will help.
It will not solve all the problems for disabled people.
But it will stop so many people being moved a long way from home.
I think it will stop people like Connor from dying.

This is what I think.
But what you think is what is important.

Tell us what you think.
If you use twitter, send a tweet use #LBBill. Then we can all see what you think.
If you use Facebook, ask to join the #LBBill group and post a comment there
If you use email, please email me at sbroach@monckton.com
You can post a comment here on this blog.

You can ask a friend, family member or independent advocate to help you tell us what you think.

The Bill must be ready by June 2015. By then we have to:
• agree what to put in the law
• get lots of MPs to agree with us

We will need everyone’s help and ideas!

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Easier Read – Private Members Bills

Thanks so much to Anne Collis at Barod CIC for putting my blogs into easier read words. Some great people are also working on full Easy Read materials – but we hope this helps everyone understand more about the #LBBill ideas for now. Let us have your thoughts!

Connor was a young man. He needed extra help.
Connor was moved to an Assessment and Treatment Unit.
Connor died there. He was not sick.
We must stop this happening to other people.

Connor’s mum called Connor “Laughing Boy”, or LB.
There is a big campaign called #JusticeforLB.

The law did not help Connor.
So we need to change the law.
Parliament have to vote to change the law.
An MP can ask Parliament to change the law.
This is called a Private Members Bill.

We want to write a Private Members Bill.
For now we are calling it #LBBill. This is in memory of Connor and all the other people who die for no reason.

A dad called Mark took his local council to court. He wanted his son to be able to live at home.
Mark said “if you want to stop someone living at home, you must go to court. You must prove why the person cannot live at home”.

We think that sounds a good idea.
We think it will stop people dying like Connor died.
We want it to be the law.
We want the law to keep people close to home.
We want people to get the support they need where they live.

Every year, a few MPs have their names picked from a hat.
These MPs can tell Parliament about a new law they want.
If other people like their idea, there is a chance it can become a new law.

So:
We want the law to change
We need to agree what to put in the law
Then we need to get MPs to support us

Everyone will need to ask their MP to support #LBBill.
It may not work. But we have to try.

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