Week ahead in Parliament from Feb 20th 2012

Update from Mark D’Arcy at BBC News Politics  – includes details of the Welfare Reform Bill going back to House of Commons. Tuesday’s …. and then it’s on to consideration of the latest set of Lords amendments to the Welfare Reform Bill – with peers still digging their heels in over the proposed under-occupancy penalty for Housing Benefit and the Universal Credit. This week they voted, by a majority of 10, to exempt war widows, foster carers and the severely disabled from the so-called “bedroom tax”. Will the Commons be asked to reverse that change and continue the current round of Parliamentary ping-pong? Please add your name to Pats Petition. Add your voice alongside over 30,000 people. Share the link with all your contacts, ask them to do the same.  ...

Mums Against the Cuts fully support Pats’ Petition

Many mothers are carers or disabled themselves 3% of UK children under 16 have one or more impairments population trends indicate a rise in the numbers of children with complex and significant needs 3% of mothers with disabled children work full-time, compared to 22% of mothers of non-disabled children  the annual cost of bringing up a disabled child is three times greater than for a non-disabled child an estimated 55% of families with disabled children are living in poverty, or on the margins of poverty 33 per cent of unemployed single parents have a disability or longstanding illness 34 per cent have a child with a disability We are demonised and punished financially because of our disabilities and our childrens disabilities, we are being hit from multiple angles by the Government’s austerity programme, particularly welfare cuts and ‘reforms’. None of us know when illness or disability may strike. No one knows when they may find themselves replying on benefits, support services, or public services that help to make life a little easier for them and their families. This Government are already forcing thousands of families into poverty. The Welfare Reform Bill and public sector cuts will make life unbearable for many of us. We urge the Government to halt this programme of austerity to prevent us, our children and our parents from living a life of misery, poverty and fear. MAC was formed to help fight injustices such as these which is why Pat’s Petition has our full backing. Mums Against the Cuts find us on – Facebook Twitter  –    @MACNW1 PLEASE SUPPORT THE PETITION   AND SHARE THE LINK...

Deafblind UK support Pats Petition

‘Deafblind UK   is committed to ensuring that deafblind people do not experience an unfair reduction in their benefits. We support Pat’s Petition and urge the government to consider how the cuts to benefits and services are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families.’ We will also be promoting the petition via our social media as well. Kind regards Christine Hardy Policy, Information and Advice Manager Please sign the petition here    and share with your contacts asking them to do the same....

Dyslexia foundation support Pats Petition

  ‘The rights and needs of disabled people need to be supported. Welfare reform should look at supporting disabled people in their day to day life, stigma and financial cuts do not promote equality. This petition is important and people should take the 2 minutes it takes to get involved’.   Steven O’Brien Chief Executive Officer    Sign Pats petition here    and share with contacts asking them to do the same.  ...

Carers Federation Ltd support Pats Petition

Carers Federation Ltd  fully support the aims and sentiments of Pat’s petition against cuts to disability services. We are not only concerned about the impact of the cuts on people with disabilities but also how they will impact on their carers. We urge our supporters to sign the petition as a soon as they are able to.” Robert Gardiner Deputy Chief Executive  Sign Pats petition here   and ask all your contacts to do the same...