We stand united together and will grow and grow

As a gardener I am always looking for new ideas to add to my garden. Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes. Like most of us who enjoy plants and trees – each new addition means a little less lawn to cut as we find a space for our latest acquisition. Up here in Scotland we have some beautiful natural stone. Most of it huge and attached to a mountain but my garden has its own fair share. Granite is plentiful in many areas. As such it is used a lot in buildings as it is one of the hardest stones known to man. And woman who digs it out of her garden!   A cairn is often used to mark the tops of mountains – people who reach the summit can add a stone. They are also used to mark paths keeping travellers safely away from the dangers of the edges. The lasting durability of the stone cairn is a symbol to those that follow behind.   So the idea of building a cairn in the garden was born.and it will represent those 62,709 people who signed Pat’s Petition before it closed. I laid the first stone and it will be added to as and when weather, time and availability of gathered stones allow.   I don’t think I can count 62,709 but will use one stone per 100 signatures. The strength and hardness of these stones represent us all – disabled people, carers and their families.   PP closed 4 months ago but we are still inundated with requests from people wanting to add their support. To...

This is just the end of the beginning – Welfare Reform

The government is bringing in so many cuts that a Cumulative Impact Assessment is far too difficult April Fool – it’s actually really very simple    At last more and more people are waking up to the realisation of the horrors lying in wait for disabled people, their carers and families. At last there are debates in Parliament with dozens of MPs relating true stories from their constituents. They all tell the same story. How disabled people, those with serious illness, and carers are being hit the hardest. And this is just the end of the beginning. Six more drastic cuts come on line today. It is the perfect storm That’s why I’m so proud of Pat’s Petition and what we achieved together.Pat’s Petition asked the government to “stop and look at the way all these changes would add up and impact on the lives of disabled people and their carers.” 62,709 people signed in the year that was open to us. But the government refused. They say it is too difficult. You can read their response on Pat’s Petition here . They are conducting one enormous social experiment and leaving it for history to tell them what they did to us. How can they get away with this? Well – they can’t get away with it. We won’t let them. And neither will you. The government are pretending that it is amazingly complicated when we are asking for something that is really simple. We are asking for an assessment of the impact on individual disabled people. There is no reason why they can’t run example cases through all the...