The onslaught continues – sign Pat’s Petition

Sign Pat’s petition here.   Conservative conference is underway and by the hour we are hearing statements and interviews from government ministers regarding welfare reform and cuts. See links below  It is even more vital now that we have all these issues debated in parliament. Will Pat’s Petition achieve 100,000 by Nov 1st? We believe it will if we all push it forward as wide as possible. The petition has reached over 50,000 signatures – quite incredible for this small group of unfunded friends with no large organisations behind them. But we need to reach 100,000 by the deadline at the end of the month. As Pat says –  “That can sound quite daunting, but other petitions have done it. Anne Williams last year got 40,000 signatures on the very last day for her petition about her son Kevin who died at Hillsborough. Richard Branson had his support within a week. And the cuddly badgers achieved their target in weeks. If only people would support disabled people in the same way.”   link to Youtube video, click here –       Pat’s Petition   The group are asking people to be quick about taking actions: Sign the petition at   http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968 Check junk boxes for activation emails. Share the petition link by e-newsletters, facebook, twitter – get to places where people are already online Add to blogs, write letters to media and your MP If you are attending A Future that Works Oct 20th march ensure the petition details are shared with fellow marchers Grassroots groups have been extremely supportive and we ask you to give this a final push. Campaign teams from...

Pat goes to Manchester – Labour Conference

I was so pleased last night to hear that MPs Anne McGuire and Liam Byrne have acknowledged that the WCA is not working. Reports in the Guardian  suggest that they have clear enough evidence of the impact of the changes. I hope they are looking at the cumulative impact – the impact of welfare reform at the same time as NHS reform and cuts to local authority budgets, but I am heartened that they are now acknowledging “We believe that this government is forcing disabled people to pay for its economic mistakes.” On Sunday Karen and I are off to the Labour Party Conference in Manchester where we look forward to hearing more about this. We’re aiming to publicise the petition so that the Labour Party knows that nearly 50,000 people have signed asking for a pause – to stop and review the changes. But what should we do while we’re there? If you have any thoughts or recommendations, please do leave them in the comments below. And we’ll try to keep tweeting from @patspetition if you’re a twitterer. While we’re away, please keep signing and sharing the petition link. Now more than ever we have to show all Parties the size of the disability voices. Pat x.   http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968 www.facebook.com/patsepetition http://twitter.com/patspetition email  –   patspetition@gmail.com...

Are you prepared for journalists or film makers to tell your story?

+ Are you disabled or a carer? + Have you been affected by the perfect storm of cuts to benefits and services? + Are you prepared for journalists or film makers to tell your story? Then CarerWatch and Pat’s Petition invite you to register for Pat’s List. If this is something you would like to do – then please tell your story here   – use any name you like. You can ask for your real identity to be kept private. We won’t give your contact details to any one. But we may contact you with details of journalists and film makers who would like to talk to you. Then you can contact them if you want to tell your story. Also sign Pats Petition here , then share the link with as many people as possible asking them to do the same.  ...