Newcastle conference on the impact of cuts on disabled people

On Friday 1st June I will be attending a conference on Welfare Reform to be held in Newcastle. The organisers have done an excellent job of bringing together people, from all over the North East, where views, opinions and real life stories will be discussed. I have been invited to speak which I will do willingly. Nothing unusual so far, as I have attended many conferences over many years. This one is different though as it brings together 2 ‘on line’ friends. Way back in the murky mists of early last year – I was invited to join a new joint Google group. It was set up by Rhydian Fon James – one of the founder members of The Broken of Britain, and founder members of CarerWatch. Delighted to be asked but not a clue what a Google group was or did – I pressed the button which said ‘CONFIRM.’ During the next 6 months the group, all with different ideas but the same common aim, discussed, debated and deliberated over a variety of changes, cuts and amendments to the Welfare System. We shared so much – got to know each other – laughed, cried and angered over what was the beginning of the end of our Welfare State as we knew it. I then attended the Edinburgh Hardest Hit rally while, my new ‘on line’ friend was at the event in Newcastle. The outcome of these rallies was the birth of Pat’s Petition  and the meeting face to face with my ‘on line’ friend – Rosemary. We will stand together at the conference tomorrow – united in one voice....

BBC Question Time 17 May – guest Maria Miller

Question Time tonight BBC One 10.35 pm With guests Peter Hain, Maria Miller, Leanne Wood, Kelvin MacKenzie and John O’Farrell. If you use Twitter send comments to @bbcqt ,  also use hashtag  #bbcqt  and #questiontime **************************************************************** Sign Pat’s Petition and share asking others to do the same http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968  ...

The human cost of disability cuts – Maria Miller

This Coalition government continually ignores public feeling, and evidence, on so many aspects of our lives. I firmly believe though that this is the beginning of the change. A change, for the better, which will come – for all disabled people and their carers. The voices of PP  will not be silenced.  With so many others we are building alliances – together we keep fighting and we will be heard. Pat x The human cost of disability cuts – read letter submitted to the Guardian here , copy to be sent to Maria Miller. signatories to date Pat Onions (Lanark, South Lanarkshire) and over 36,500 signatures to the petition at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968, Jane Young Disability consultant and campaigner, wearespartacus.org.uk Linda Burnip Member, DPAC steering group Professor Peter Beresford Chair, Shaping Our Lives Dr Simon Duffy Director, Centre for Welfare Reform Richard Hawkes Chief executive, Scope Paul Farmer Chief executive, Mind Mark Goldring Chief executive, Mencap Steve Ford Chief executive, Parkinson’s UK Rosemary O’Neill, Frances Kelly CarerWatch Kaliya Franklin Disability rights writer and campaigner Claire Glasman WinVisible Steve Griffiths Research and consultancy in social and health policy Peter Spencer Chief executive, Action for M.E. Paul Jenkins Chief executive, Rethink Mental Illness Dr Ben Baumberg Lecturer in sociology and social policy, University of Kent Dr Sarah Woodin Lecturer in sociology and social policy, University of Leeds Nick Rijke Director of policy and research, MS Society Dan Morton Social Workers Action Network Caroline Richardson Ouchtoo.org Norma Curran Values Into Action Scotland, Scottish Campaign for a Fair Society Sam Barnett-Cormack, Simon Barrow Ekklesia Teresa Catto-Smith, Carole Rutherford Act Now for Autism Steven Rose Chair,...

Welfare cuts create ‘grave concern’

MSPs have “grave concerns” about the future of the most vulnerable people because of a £2.5 billion cut in benefits. Hawick News Benefit reforms paint ‘bleak picture’ for Scotland’s most vulnerable STV Proposed new laws to “limit the impact” of UK-wide welfare reforms in Scotland should be passed, MSPs have said. BBC Scotland About the Scottish Committee here 1st Report, 2012 (Session 4): Report on the Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 Papers for meeting May 15th – read here ************************************************************************** Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families Sign Pat’s Petition and share the link http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968  ...

David Cameron considers extra £25bn of welfare cuts

David Cameron is considering ordering billions of pounds in extra welfare cuts   proposed in a confidential Downing Street policy paper, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. Read the article in full here Enough is Enough. Let’s put a stop to this. Sign Pat’s Petition  which calls on the government to Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families Share the link and ask as many others to do the same. WE ARE ALL IN IT...