I HAVE been asked by Leonard Cheshire Disability and Mencap to chair an independent review into how the personal mobility needs of people living in state-funded residential care are met. As a lifelong campaigner for the rights of blind and disabled people, I was delighted to accept.

The proposed removal of mobility payments from people living in residential care through the Welfare Reform Bill potentially has a significant impact on the lives of disabled people. It is therefore important that there is a public and comprehensive look at this issue.

Between now and October 10, 2011, I would like to hear from disabled people living in state-funded residential care and their families, care providers and local authorities.

We will publish the findings in the autumn enabling peers to consider the evidence and our recommendations as they debate the Welfare Reform Bill. To find out more and to submit evidence, visit: http://lowreview.org.uk

Lord Low of Dalston CBE

Have a migraine coffee morning

One in seven of your readers is estimated to be affected by migraine and Migraine Awareness Week takes place from Sunday, September 4 - Saturday, September 10. Migraine Action is appealing for readers to support the charity's BIG Coffee Break by hosting a fundraising coffee morning to help raise vital funds for the charity.

Catch up over a cup of coffee (and maybe a cake or two!) and have a good time in the knowledge that you are helping people whose lives can be devastated by migraine. Simply ask for a donation for attending or for refreshments. Why not run a raffle, quiz or other fun activity to raise extra funds on the day too? So go on, organise a BIG Coffee Break for Migraine Action! Find out how to make running your BIG Coffee Break a piece of cake with a free BIG Coffee Break organiser's pack, available from www.migraine.org.uk/maw or by calling the Migraine Action team on 0116 275 8317.

Joanna Hamilton-Colclough


Migraine Action Association