This morning I received an email about
HIV and Poverty
from the Terrence Higgins Trust asking me to contact my local council’s cabinet member to find out what is being done by the council to support people living with HIV who are in financial difficulties. However, since in Northern Ireland health, social care, and benefits are not issues that are dealt with by local councils (as in England), I thought it would be better to write to the Ministers for Health and Social Development, and the members of the two relevant Assembly Committees at Stormont.
My basic letter is below. If you would like to use it as a template for your own, please feel free to do so and to amend as you see fit.
Dear [insert name of MLA],
The Terrence Higgins Trust has produced a report on HIV and Poverty in the UK (www.tht.org.uk/poverty), informed…