Supported by –
Jonathan Bartley – Green Party Spokesperson for DWP
Leanne Wood – Leader – Plaid Cymru
Christina McKelvie – SNP Member Scottish Parliament – Deputy Convenor of the Welfare Reform Committee
Christina McKelvie has submitted the following motion to the Scottish Parliament Motion Text:
Sick and disabled people, and their carers, are suffering every day – caught up in the disaster that is the failed Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
Groups from across the whole spectrum of disability campaigning have come together to call for a CEASEFIRE – until this is sorted out.
We call for an immediate truce during which the following practices are ended, while a new programme is co-produced with disabled people and carers – STOP * the use of sanctions * timing people out * means testing * bedroom tax for disabled people * repeated assessments We also suggest that – * anyone can use the current Work Programme – but only on an opt-in basis and without sanctions
This does not prejudice any long term changes, and we recognise that different groups have different aims.
These measures are not a long term solution, but together they would offer a period of safety in which to consider a better way forward.
Kate Green – Disability Spokesperson for Labour tells us – We have been clear that sanctions must be used sparingly and appropriately, and that there must be no “targets” for the number of cases sanctioned by Jobcentre Plus. Kate is also talking to us about the fact that people are allocated to the WRAG because they may get work at some point in the future. But the WRAG abruptly times them out after one year.
The following people have signed in support of this Emergency Call for a Ceasefire
Jonathan Bartley – Green Party Spokesperson for DWP Leanne Wood – Leader – Plaid Cymru Christina McKelvie – SNP Member Scottish Parliament – Deputy Convenor of the Welfare Reform Committee Pat Onions – Pat’s Petition Rosemary O’Neill – CarerWatch Gail Ward Mo Stewart Pam Pinder – CarersforumUK John McArdle – Black Triangle Carole Rutherford – Act Now for Autism Phil Connolly – DRUK Caroline Richardson – Spartacus Catherine Hale Simon Duffy – Centre for Welfare Reform Paul Swann – Disability Wales Ian Hodson BFAWU Rosemary Trustam – Community Living Initiatives Ltd. CFAFS England Sue Livett – The Aldingbourne Trust Bernadette Meaden WOWcampaign New Approach Simon Barrow, Director of Ekklesia Prof Peter Beresford Prof Alan Roulsden Steve Griffiths Chris Johnstone – GP Samuel Miller If you, as an individual or group/organisation, support this action, please add your name in the comments below. You can also send any supporting statements to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com These will be added to correspondence sent to MP’s from all Parties.