You could not make this up

Pat says – “This is such a dreadful piece of news which speaks for itself. I love that their local Citizens Advice Bureau admits that  no one understands the benefits system. It is good to read of such honesty. It is, however, absolutely disgraceful that this gentleman has to go through an appeal while these two systems decide which benefit he is entitled to. Appeals which can, and do, take months and months. I hope that his MP Oliver Letwin can sort this out promptly for him.” Situations like this should not be happening. It could be you next. Please support this e petition and ask all family/friends and contacts to do the same Please sign Pat’s Petition   Who is...

Why I support Pat’s Petition

Guest post by Anne Halligan I have been diagnosed with a long term mental illness. I am a member of Rethink Mental Illness. I am sick of the persecution of disabled people by the government, the media and the general public. Disability discrimination appears to be the last acceptable prejudice. It is enough trying to cope with my illness day to day without any additional pressure. The government’s official line is that they will protect the most vulnerable people from the cuts to benefits and services and the press and public’s perception is that “if you are genuinely ill, then you will be okay”. But this is not the case at all. The reality is that people who are not going to get better and be fit for work are to lose their ESA now after only one year. It does not matter that they will not be well enough. At the same time public services are discharging disabled people who have been reliant on their help for years, and charities for disabled people are struggling due to lack of funding. The cuts affect every single disabled person and have a knock-on effect on their, often elderly, carers. All that matters to the government is the short term saving of money at the expense of peoples’ lives. And if we don’t do something now, the situation will only get worse, and then it will be too late. If you are not a disabled person or a carer, you do not know what the future may bring, and by then it will be too late as there will be no...

Bishop calls Diocese to back disabled people

The following will be in the January edition of  ‘The See’ – Suicides are increasing among disabled people too frightened to protest against coalition cuts that are damaging their lives, according to disability campaigners taking their case to Parliament. They are calling for 100,000 people to sign an online petition  asking Government to freeze, and review, cuts in the benefits and services for disabled people ‘which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families’. Sufficient support would generate a Parliamentary debate.   ‘Because of the cuts to benefits and services disabled people and their carers are living in fear,’ said one Lancashire campaigner. ‘Some have already committed suicide. We have been let down by all the political parties.’   The petition, submitted by blind carer Pat Onions  ‘is our last hope,’ the campaigner said. It needed everyone’s support:  ‘you may not think you will be affected now, but you may be in the future, when there will be no safety net for you.‘   Case studies should summon a ‘coalition of the compassionate’ in support said Bishop Nicholas, who is backing the campaign. The petition is also being supported by a range of disability organisations, including the RNIB,  Disability Alliance, CarerWatch, and CarersUK.   John Blake said he had claimed Incapacity Benefit for a number of years, following a spine injury. A letter and medical form was followed by a phone call instructing him to attend a medical assessment on the fourth floor of a building in Preston, with no parking within his walking distance, ‘so I had to refuse‘. ‘I then received a letter from the Jobcentre...

MSPs to withhold consent from UK Welfare Reform Bill.

UPDATE  AFTER VOTING MSPs withhold consent from UK Welfare Reform Bill   The SNP are doing  exactly what is asked for in Pat’s Petition. They are accepting welfare reform but they are insisting it is done with compassion, and care is taken to protect and support vulnerable people. We are delighted that Scotland has taken this stand – the first time ever they have rejected Westminster legislation.   Now we call upon the Westminster Parliament to do the same – to stop and listen and reflect and to remember their duty of care to vulnerable people.   Please sign Pat’s Petition  and ask all family,friends,contacts and groups to do the same.   MSPs to withhold consent  from UK Welfare Reform Bill   Human rights protection risked in Welfare Reform...

Dear Santa – from Pat Onions (Pat’s Petition)

Dear Santa, I know how busy you are but I have a few ideas I want to run past you. OK? They’re all to do with Pat’s petition – yeah I thought that was a great idea too. Told all my friends who told their friends and they all signed my petition. Brilliant. That’s what I needed. I asked some nice people at lots of the charities too. They were well impressed and passed it around on someat called Twitter and put the petition on their sites. That was good and gave the petition publicity but I need more signatures – lots more. Time is against me. One of my helpers, you call yours Elves don’t you Santa? I like that. Anyway one of my helpers said I should ask some of the Voluntary sector people. They came good and you know what? The numbers shot right up. I could hear the countometer thingy going whoosh it was amazing. Well pleased I was too. I found little pockets of people in even littler places all wanting to help. It was amazing. Do you know Santa what was specially magical for me? What can be more fitting at Christmas than some Holy men sending their blessings to us? Even more special is one very very important Holy man who is praying for all of us. Thank you to them all. I know you’re very busy Santa but can you help me a little more? Will you tell all these ever so nice people, who made that counter thing go so high, that I will be back in January? Gonna ask...