DPAC support the call for a Cumulative Impact Assessment

Received from DPAC Disabled people are facing attacks against their human rights and civil liberties from so many directions it’s difficult to keep up with all of them. We are strongly opposed to the way disabled people are being forced to live in fear every day of their lives.   Some of the main attacks disabled people are facing include ·        the privatisation of the NHS. ·        Lack of social care and support funding to allow disabled people to take part in society.   Social Services budgets have been slashed and care and support funding drastically cut by about 25% in most local authorities. Eligibility criteria for social care are being tightened all the time so fewer and fewer people qualify. Hundreds of thousands of disabled people are being left imprisoned in their homes with no quality of life.   Added to that the government have said they will close the Independent Living Fund from 2015 with no ring fenced funding to local authorities who will be expected to fund the support needs of those with the highest support needs which is now currently in most cases shared between local authorities and ILF. In a recent consultation many local authorities said this would force disabled people back into residential care homes, a totally regressive step for people’s human rights and civil liberties. ·        Being subjected to the discredited Work Capability Assessments which have been condemned by the BMA and which politicians of all parties have now called for an end to. ·        Disabled people being placed in the Work Related Activity Group or who are being forced onto Job...

The Best Birthday Present you can give me – YOUR SUPPORT

          SIGN HERE –    PATS PETITION   There are a couple of very important dates rushing towards me. Oh yes I will be having a birthday – a big one. It has the numbers 0 and 6 in it and I leave you to put them in the right order. Of course, like so many others of my vintage, I have to wait a few more years util I actually ‘retire’ . That will be my new job description – ‘retired’. Forms where I used to leave blank because there wasn’t a category ‘disabled’ or ‘carer’ will now be completed in the usual way. ‘Retired’.’ On the same day will be my little granddaughter’s 1st birthday.     As if these 2 occasions weren’t enough yet another birthday awaits me. It will soon be one year since I, and 6 other ladies, joined together to discuss welfare reform and the idea of a petition was raised. Some of us had attended Hardest Hit events but we knew so many others had been unable to attend. This petition was for them and everyone else.   12 months ago my first blog telling you all how and why we started Pat’s Petition and there is my granddaughter at just a few weeks old. My hopes for a better future for her.- How time has flown.   In those early days the 7 of us wrote to hundreds of organisations. Big ones, small ones and tiny ones. Every signature was one nearer that goal. One nearer getting the possibility of a debate. In just 9 weeks, on New Years Eve in fact,...

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...

Opposition Day June 20th – Disability Benefits and Social Care

Last weekend we posted our thoughts on the upcoming Opposition Day debate on Disability benefits and social care. We feel very strongly that the debate needs to go beyond those two simple labels. It must look at the full impact of all changes affecting disabled people and carers. We have repeatedly used ‘Perfect Storm’ to describe how changes, of this magnitude, can NOT be implemented without a Cumulative Impact Assessment. We have now seen the statement on Liam Byrne’s web site  and look what it includes:  ‘calls on the Government to …. conduct a full impact assessment of the combined effect of benefit and social care cuts on disabled people and carers.’ Can the tireless campaign work – readily done by so many individuals and groups – really be starting to show results?  Could Labour actually be listening at last? Over 38,300 people have raised their voice on Pats Petition. Keep signing the Petition – share it and get your friends to sign – let’s make those numbers rise today – let’s show them we are still watching. Please do whatever you can to make sure all politicians hear what we want, what needs to be changed, and that they understand the implications of going ahead with these changes without conducting a full impact assessment. You can watch the debate after Prime Ministers Question Time here Participate in discussions on both Twitter and Facebook. We will be using the hashtag   #OD...

Opposition day June 20th – Disability Benefits and Social Care

On Wednesday – 20th June, following Prime Minister Question Time, there will be an Opposition Day** debate in the House of Commons about ‘disability benefits and social care’. This will be an opportunity to debate some of the issues raised by Pat’s Petition, but we emphasise that it will not cover everything. Pat’s Petition calls on the government to stop and review all the changes affecting disabled people and carers. While disability benefits and social care are two significant parts of the support given to disabled people, there is a bigger picture which must include reform of the NHS in England, the end of legal aid, changes to local authority budgets, housing benefits, Surestart and more. Pat’s Petition is currently using the term ‘Cumulative Impact Assessment’ (CIA) to describe what is needed – an assessment that looks at the impact of all the changes taken together. A CIA has also been recommended by bodies including the Joint Committee of Human Rights and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. We hope that the government will take heed of all these requests for a CIA and that the debate on Wednesday will reference it. Pat’s Petition now has over 38,000 signatures. Please continue to sign and share the link so that we reach 100,000 signatures to request a full debate on the impact of all the changes, not just disability benefits and social care. We urge you all to take note of the debate, follow it online here, tweet comments adding the hashtag  #CIA, add to Facebook and blogs.  Add comments below. Most importantly urge your MP to attend. Pat x...

Pat to appear live on BBC The Big Questions

Sunday  June 3rd 2012 BBC The Big Questions  ….  comes live from Hutchesons’ Grammar School in Glasgow Pat is to be one of the guests speaking about welfare reform. You too can take part in the debates: via Twitter @bbcbigquestions, please use the hashtag #bbctbq or via Facebook The Big Questions Facebook page Please sign  Pat’s Petition here   and then share as wide as possible asking others to do the same....