Last week Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland dropped in to see leading advocacy charity, POhWER and update them on the progress of their feedback to a governmental white paper.
POhWER sent a survey to members, held workshops and drew up a response called ‘We will if you will’ - which they handed to their MP last October. The charity’s response provided a unique perspective on the Government’s proposals and Stephen personally handed it to the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley. POhWER was particularly concerned that the independent complaints advocacy service (ICAS), which POhWER delivers in many parts of the country, including Hertfordshire, may be replaced by a more limited and less independent service.
Stephen said “I am delighted that we have managed to secure the ICAS contract for another two years and safeguard local jobs. I know Andrew was pleased to receive such a positive contribution to the consultation from many of the most vulnerable people in our community. This was the perfect example of the wonderful work POhWER does in speaking up for those who often find it difficult to communicate their views. ”