The Final Countdown – Pat’s Petition

Pat’s Petition – http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968 With thanks to @Epipsychidion86 Welcome Hello, and welcome to the Support Page for tomorrow’s  ‘Pat’s Petition’ campaign: to get the #patspetition hashtag trending on twitter on the final day before it ends! Firstly, I should apologise that this site is a bit rubbish at the moment – it’s been a long day, but for now all we need to be aware of is the strategy for tomorrow – I’ll update this with more details and shiny design a little later tonight. Firstly, a campaign page has been set up at: http://patspetition.blogspot.co.uk/ It’s not ready yet (as I’m waiting for permission to use some material), but it should be up by tomorrow morning, if not later tonight. This will hopefully be another link to tweet to, as well as Pat’s Petition itself, in order to give members of the public more of a complete idea why we’re campaigning, and why signing Pat’s Petition is a worthwhile thing to do. Read full details here...

Broken lives cannot always be put back together – Stand Up, Speak Up, Fight Back

Sent in from a supporter of Pat’s Petition ‘Janey’ who lives with a long-term severe medical condition, described her experience as  “like I’ve fallen into a novel by Kafka”. She highlighted the increasing number of “desperate people” who are being affected. ‘Janey’ added: “Like most sick/disabled people, over the years I have painstakingly built up many health coping and survival arrangements. Successive budget cuts have already started to unravel these. Living with long-term illness means that, even at the best of times, most aspects of my life remain precariously balanced. A single, seemingly small, mishap can set off a cascade of disasters.” She also said: “The need for action over the cuts is urgent, for we sick/disabled people have no ‘undo button’. For instance, even when we win an appeal, it may not be possible to reinstate all our previous arrangements. Humpty cannot always be put back together again. We urgently need all changes to our support systems to be rational, rather than counter-productive.” That is why I fully support Pat’s Petition, calling on the government to undertake a Cumulative Impact Assessment. ***************************************** You may not receive benefits now but the safety net that you may need in the future is slowly being stripped away. In any instance, when creating something new, full safety regulations must be adhered to. The Coalition government has failed to do this with Welfare Reform. It is NOT ACCEPTABLE for them to say it is too difficult to do. Please add your voice to over 57,000 signatories calling for a Cumulative Impact Assessment. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968 check junk boxes for activation email The name of the...

We need a Cumulative Impact Assessment. How many warnings will the government ignore?

  How many people have to emphasise the need for a cumulative impact assessment of the changes impacting on disabled people and carers? As well as all the signatories to Pat’s Petition, the Joint Committee on Human Rights, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Hardest Hit, and Demos –  Anne Begg MP has now asked Esther McVey, (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions), “will she consider a cumulative impact assessment of all the benefits affecting disabled people?” describing the lack of an assessment as ‘inexcusable’. Disabled people know themselves of the impact on their lives of all these changes at once. How many warnings can the government ignore before this perfect storm becomes a disaster of epic proportions? Please sign Pat’s petition. check junk box for activation email and then share, share, share. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968 Time is running out. We have 4 days left   JCHR link ECHR link Hardest hit – The Tipping Point Demos Working-Age Disabled People  25th October Westminster Hall  – Hansard here  2 pages...

The Tipping Point

The Tipping Point  report released from Hardest Hit today and it’s getting full media coverage. But will the support hold up in the longer term? Pat’s Petition is coming to the final two weeks and every one including the government will be looking to see where the petition gets to – did it reach the 100,000 like the badgers and Richard Branson and get a debate. What happens to Pat’s Petition will matter to all disability campaigners. How strong is the disability lobby? Are we team players? Can we stand together and get things changed? Are we winning the war? What did you do in the war Mummy? Let every one know about Tipping Point but please also make sure you promote Pat’s Petition this week – before it’s too late. Remember to check junk boxes for activation emails and then once done, share the link as wide as possible.  ...

Pat’s Petition flyer for A Future that Works March Oct 20th

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968 We posted earlier that Pat was travelling down from Edinburgh for this march. We also supplied a flyer ( PDF ). Emails received have asked for further information so there are now 2 versions of the flyer. click here for single side  oct 20 flyer – single side click here for oct 20 flyer- double sided  version that gives more information. Print some off, share with other travellers Gather as many signatures as you can Thank you  ...