A Disaster waiting to happen – how long before social services sink

 False Economy have been updating their list of cuts. You can see them here  and  here They have also been collecting testimonies from people already affected. Today the Telegraph tells how “the leaders of   every major council in England and Wales called on the main party leaders to   act now to avoid “dangerous” delays in agreeing reform to elderly services. “ The government must heed this warning. Not to do so will be foolhardy, irresponsible, reckless, There is a greater danger ahead too. When the proposals in the Welfare Reform Act are put in to place, many people fear their benefits will be cut/withdrawn. The knock on effect to Social Services will be immense, and like a pack of cards the system will collapse. It is vital that the government “stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families.” This is asked for in Pat’s petition . To date almost 36,000 have signed. The JCHR outlined their concerns in March 2012 – Implementation of the Right of Disabled People to Independent Living Scottish Campaign tells UN – “UK Welfare Reforms in Breach of Disabled People’s Human Rights” DPAC protests Spartacus report Hardest Hit events and the list could go on. This is YOUR opportunity to take action by signing the petition but also to become an organiser. Go out and promote it, gather support where you can. Ask those supporters to do the same. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968 Any questions or if you require further information please contact – Pat, Karen or Rosemary   patspetition@googlemail.com  ...

Shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted – IDS attacks £10bn welfare cuts plan

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has signalled his opposition to an additional £10 billion of welfare cuts. In a move that threatens to put him on a collision course with Chancellor George Osborne and other Cabinet ministers, Mr Duncan Smith warned that welfare was not “an easy target”. Mr Osborne raised the prospect of the further £10 billion of cuts in welfare spending – on top of the £18 billion reduction by 2014 – in last month’s Budget. READ IN FULL HERE The government were embarking on wholesale reform of the benefit system when the economic crisis struck. These welfare reforms had NOT been piloted and the plan was to monitor and assess the impact of the new untried approach as it was introduced in a buoyant economy. Unfortunately since then the economy has gone in to crisis and the government has simultaneously embarked on a massive programme of cuts. This has created a perfect storm and left disabled people/those with ill health, and their carers reeling, confused and afraid. Join almost 36,000 people and sign Pat’s petition here . It asks the government to Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families Add your name, and then ask as many others to sign too. Share it far and wide and ask others to do the same.  ...

YOUR signature could make a difference

The wait is almost over for the fun runners, amateur athletes, celebrities and elite sportsmen and women taking part in the Virgin London Marathon. Organisers estimate around 36,500 competitors will take their place on the start line in Greenwich on Sunday morning.  Read in full here  You may ask yourself why the marathon runners are of interest to Pat’s Petition! The answer is simple. To date, 35,433 people have signed the petition. There is not much difference between the 2 events. So, whether you stand on the pavements cheering the runners, or sit at home watching on TV – just imagine that every one of those runners represents a signatory on Pat’s petition. Each one raising their voice against many of this governments proposals. Those runners participating will make a difference to someone’s life – so can you. By helping Pat reach her finish line of at least 100,000 names. Please sign Pat’s Petition here but more importantly, Share, Share, Share. Ask friends/family and contacts to sign and ask them to share too. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968...

Over 35,000 people have signed Pat’s Petition so far – Have YOU?

Let’s help Pat reach 100,000 signatures  Over 35,000 people have signed Pat’s Petition so far Have YOU? Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services, which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families  Welfare reform – NHS – local authority budgets – legal aid – sure start – Independent Living Fund – Remploy – social grant fund  Please sign Pat’s Petition  click here:  http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968 and   Share, Share, Share 1.      In e-mails, via social media, blogs  2.      Add to newsletters  3.      Ask family, friends, work colleagues, contacts  4.      If you are part of the Hardest Hit / Care and Support Alliances, send your members the details. This is a great way for those unable to attend protests to add their voices to the many others raised in anger. Request your staff to sign. Please send a supporting statement to patspetition@gmail.com detailing the actions you’ve taken. These will be added to Pat’s campaign blog  WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER The Joint Committee on Human Rights also recently highlighted the risks regarding the rights of disabled people in their report, ‘Implementation of the Right of Disabled People to Independent Living’. Also the Scottish Campaign for a fair Society, told the Human Rights Council of the UN that the United Kingdom Government is in breach of its human rights obligations to disabled people, their carers and...

The Centre for Welfare Reform support Pat’s Petition

Deep cuts in benefits for disabled people, combined with cuts in social care for children and adults, are a twin pronged attack on the citizenship of disabled people. These cuts target disabled people and are unfair on every level. With this in mind we support Pat’s Petition fully Dr Simon Duffy, Director of The Centre for Welfare Reform Please   sign Pats Petition here   and share as wide as possible asking others to do the...