Bishop of Oxford helps raise awareness of Pat’s Petition

  Dear Mrs ******, Thank you very much for drawing my attention to Pat’s Petition.  I am drawing it to the attention of 1500 church leaders who receive a weekly email bulletin from Oxford Diocese and I hope there might be some real response from that quarter.  You are right that a society must be judged by the way it treats its most vulnerable members. With all good wishes Yours sincerely +John Christine Lodge Personal Assistant to the Bishop of...

Why should we all support Pat’s Petition

guest post Why should we all be supporting  Pat’s Petiton? The answer lies within ourselves, and depends on the future we want, not just for ourselves, our children, our country, but also our politics, especially our politics. For some time now the word ‘politician’ is seen in such deragatory terms. There is no faith, trust, hope or belief among many of the public. They are under constant attack by ‘politicians’ who show no understanding of their daily lives. Make no mistake, this is not reform of the benefit/social care systems but a contant persecution of many disabled people, carers and their families. If this was truly the ‘biggest shakeup’ of the welfare system in over 60 yrs, the level of Carers Allowance would have been addressed. Even after this so called ‘reform’, it will remain the LOWEST of all the benefits, when those in receipt are among those who contribute the most. Is reform needed – Yes, but not cuts like is being brought forth, ones that are so fast, so deep, they will create a crisis far worse than any banking one. Without coming across as too dramatic the cost will be immense, but one paid with the loss of lives not money. By taking away money that enables many disabled people to retain their independence, to enable many of them to work, where can their extra costs be transferred to. Over stretched local authorities wont be able to pick these costs up. Qualifying for disability benefits is extremely hard now, fraud rate is so minimal compared to other benefits, yet govt are targetting disabled people more than any other group....

Scope to promote Pat’s Petition to their networks

Thanks for flagging Pat’s petition – we know that welfare reform is something disabled people feel really strongly about – we do too, and we’re working hard to get the Bill amended in the Lords at the moment. We will be promoting Pat’s petition to our networks as we know that many disabled people will want to add their voices to Pat’s in speaking out against these proposals.   “Scope encourages anyone who is concerned about the effects on disabled people, their carers and their families, of cuts to benefits and services to sign Pat’s Petition.”   All the very best  Ruth Ruth Scott Director of Policy and Campaigns Scope Please sign Pats Petition and share the link with as many other people/groups that you...

CPAG spreads word of Pat’s petition in their newsletter

We’re supporting Pat’s petition – will you? Pat, who is blind and is also a carer, set up an e-petition asking the Government to “stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families”. Please sign the petition and tell your friends see CPAG November newsletter in full...