The storm continues to rage around us

These are challenging times for everyone, but especially for disabled people and carers. Cuts to benefits and services are coming our way from all directions creating the perfect storm. Yet when we ask the DWP to carry out a Cumulative Impact Assessment of all these changes taken together Ms Miller refuses on the grounds it is too difficult and prefers to sit back and wait for the car crash. This just isn’t good enough. All new medicines, bridges, and vehicles have to be road-tested. So how can they go ahead and conduct a live experiment on disabled people and carers without any estimates of what they are doing? We all need to fight this together. Pat’s Petition needs your signatures. The petition could trigger government debate if we can achieve 100,000 signatures. If we all work together on this, 100,000 signatures for Pat’s Petition should be easily achievable. Because of the 40,000 signatures we have already the government is asking us to plan for a debate but we don’t have much time left to get the remaining signatures. Dear Mrs Pat Onions Looks like your e-petition “Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families” is gaining momentum. If you do get to 100,000 signatures you will need an MP to support a debate.  You can find your local MP at http://findmymp.parliament.uk/. You can find more information about how the House of Commons deals with e-petitions on the Backbench Business Committee website at http://www.parliament.uk/bbcom.  If you need any more information, you can contact us at petitions@commonsleader.x.gsi.gov.uk. Thanks, HM...

This isn’t a dress rehearsal. This is reality

With the help of caring GP’s and some excellent medical services I have managed to care for David for nigh on 20 years. As his spine continues to degenerate he needs more help, support and treatments. The injuries he sustained are now compounded by the additional disintegration of his shoulder and hip. Further complications of memory loss caused by many years of strong opiate based prescription drugs make life very hard for him. He has many other related conditions – some minor, others more invasive. His package comes untidily wrapped with chronic pain ribbons and reactive depression bows. The calendar is filled with hospital appointments; follow ups with his GP and little crosses to remind him to change his morphine patches. His drugs, which started in a biscuit tin, now take up 4 shelves in the kitchen cupboard, with an overflow to his bathroom and bedside locker. A gentle man who can be reduced to a screaming wreck when the pain becomes so unbearable not even the morphine works. A screaming wreck hurling obscenities at me whilst banging his head to make the pain stop. A screaming wreck who is my gentle husband, and I can do nothing for. I am told I am valued by society. I am told there is help for me to deal with being a carer. Oh really? Let’s start with social works. They can’t visit, as they are 3 social workers short. They only have 4. Earliest appointment is 3 weeks away but they may be able to squeeze me in before that. They manage a squeeze – likely at some other’s cancellation...