Point of Order re Pat’s Petition

  Many of you will remember the Parliamentary debate Pat’s petition secured just 2 months ago. The motion calling for a Cumulative Impact Assessment (CIA) was led by a powerful speech from Liam Byrne. Other Labour MPs were just as supportive for us in their knowledge of how disabled people and carers are facing such unjust hardships under this Coalition government. Speaking against the motion was a Tory MP – Paul Maynard. His choice of words angered and upset so many of us especially when he named Pat’s Petition team as ‘extremists’. In the days immediately after we corresponded with him in a series of open emails.  He agreed to follow Parliamentary procedure to gain a further entry in Hansard.     True to his word an entry appears in Hansard on September 2nd 2013  ….. details here On a point of order, Mr Speaker. May I clarify for the record that, in the Opposition day debate on 10 July, I did not intend to suggest that I regarded either Pat’s Petition or We Are Spartacus as extremist groups? John Bercow (Speaker) That is commendably clear and pithy, and we are grateful to the hon. Gentleman. Pat x  ...

Pat goes to Carers Parliament – Scotland this time

The first Carers Parliament took place at Holyrood in October last year. Places were limited for those wishing to be included so a ballot was held. Carers from each of the constituencies were invited to put their names forward and then were drawn by the steering group. I was unfortunate in that ballot, but, undeterred, I tried again this year. A phone call from Rhonda Fitzpatrick, Carers Scotland, told me I had been successful. I was delighted! This years theme is to be ‘Carers Rights’. After presentations and Q&A in the Scottish parliament during the morning, there will be workshops. Delegates will come from all over Scotland with their views, stories and ideas. In these times of financial hardship and cutting back to the bare bones for any social care, the role of carers is becoming ever harder. At Pat’s Petition, our message has always been for a cumulative impact assessment of the changes on all disabled people, their carers and families. This is something I look forward to raising at this years Carers’ Parliament. *************** Report from Maz’s blog after she attended last years event...