OPPOSITION DAY – EFFECT OF GOVERNMENT POLICY ON DISABLED PEOPLE

Opposition Day (5th allotted day, 1st Part) WEDNESDAY 10 JULY EFFECT OF GOVERNMENT POLICY ON DISABLED PEOPLE Edward Miliband Mr Liam Byrne Hilary Benn Andy Burnham Mrs Anne McGuire Ms Rosie Winterton That this House believes that the Government should publish, by October 2013, a cumulative impact assessment of the changes made by the Government that affect disabled people. You will be able to watch live on the day here Pat’s Petition Team PP meeting FURTHER INFORMATION ADDED SOON    ...

Holyroods Welfare Reform Conference June 5th 2013

I shall be off to this conference, in Edinburgh tomorrow, with my many hats tucked into my handbag. They will make an appearance in no particular order – just depending on who is speaking on which topic. I am concerned however that the words by Margaret Burgess MSP could be an indication of how the day will run. The acceptance by the Scottish Government that these Welfare cuts, sorry reforms, are done and dusted, and we have to make the best of a bad job. For example Employment Support Allowance was designed on the back of an envelope by an ignorant man who knew nothing about welfare. Why do we have to accept this when a few simple changes could make it safe and supportive. There is a word in common use which has no place in my life. ‘Can’t.’ You can’t do this or that because …and there follows a whole stream of excuses. I’ll count them and let you know. Pat x http://welfarereform.holyrood.com/#.UawN4oSXwHY.email   In the meantime some of the actions you can take….. Sign WOW petition here Join discussion forum to cover the issues with Welfare Reform  ...

Employment and Support Allowance is not fit for purpose

  Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) isn’t working. The design isn’t fit for purpose. Pat’s Petition think it is high time that we all got together and challenged the basic structure of ESA. In particular the division of disabled people in to two arbitrary groups – Support Group and WRAG –  which do not describe disabled people or provide a safe and supportive environment for them. Imagine devising a test to decide between oranges and apples and then a whole lot of pears come a lot. Push the rounder ones in to oranges and greener ones in to apples? Ridiculous. We have set up a discussion space for this. Please come and discuss this with us at – http://patspetition.myfineforum.org/     (join with a click) Please tell other people about this discussion. Let’s all look carefully at ESA together and we may be able to come up with a better structure and get ESA changed so that it is actually fit for purpose. Pat...

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...

We are Spartacus – statement of support

  Received from We are Spartacus Disabled and sick people are being hit by a huge range of cuts and changes to benefits – be they general or disability-specific, means-tested or universal – as well as tightening eligibility criteria and increased charges for social care support. Whilst the poorest are undoubtedly suffering the most, almost every disabled or sick person in the UK, and their family, is affected by the cuts and changes. The Coalition Government is moving all the goalposts; secure support we’ve come to rely on, that we were told would be there as long as we need it, has been thrown into doubt.  And not content with these cuts and policy changes, the Government stands by whilst the media portrays us as malingerers and scroungers, misinforming the British public and ensuring support for its abandonment of disabled and sick people. If the Labour Party truly believes disabled and sick people should be supported to live independent lives, it needs to nail its colours to the mast and shout it from the rooftops. We don’t have anyone else to fight for us against this Government’s policies; please don’t let us down. Jane...

Berkshire DPAC supporting statement for Cumulative Impact Assessment

Received from Berkshire DPAC   These are just some of the things that have impacted on disabled people – at a time of mass unemployment and recession. The debate in the House earlier this month highlighted the appalling impact of the Work Capability Assessment ALONE on disabled people. People with the most serious and complex impairments can no longer apply for help from the Independent Living Fund, as this has been closed to new applicants. It will be closed completely in 2015, throwing its users on the mercies of local authorities who will apparently not have ring fenced money in their rapidly decreasing budgets to support this. As from April this year the government starts to remove Disability Living Allowance from anybody who is able to mobilise (I use this word advisedly since it includes people who can wheel their own wheelchairs) more than 20 m. They have reduced this distance from 100 m in one fell swoop and failed to put this figure in their consultation paper. Despite the increasing numbers of administrative errors and technical problems within the DWP, which have caused deaths in some instances – one was quoted in the debate last week – and massive distress in many, many others, the government is also withdrawing legal aid for appeals by benefit claimants as of the 1st of April. Then there’s the bedroom tax, penalising families of sick and disabled people who need extra bedrooms to cater for things like storage space for equipment, or where it is impossible for anybody else to sleep in the same room as the claimant. Meanwhile social care is...