Emergency Call for Ceasefire in Welfare Reforms

phone-31172_640Sick 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

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

Sue Marsh – 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

 

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  patspetition@gmail.com or admin@carerwatch.com These will be added to correspondence sent to MP’s from all Parties.

53 Comments

  1. We need a decent welfare system where no one can die of cold or starvation or be penalized for their disability. So many people support the poppy appeal and yet fail to notice that many people having their benefits cut are heroes too wether ex servicemen or heroes in their own lifetimes such as nurses teachers carers good neighbours who have given their all and deserve our respect care and funding just as much. Many are heroes just for surviving each day in pain if some kind and not giving up despite the way the system is now treating them.
    P.S I am not disabled or a carer I just care for others less fortunate than I am and understand that good health has nothing to do with merit.

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  2. agree totally

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  3. it is just social clensing the Tory party is really just vile scum

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  4. Suffer from depression and chronic anxiety.
    Two years ago I had got myself to the point where I was almost ready to return to work, and then my ESA was removed, I spent 6 months living on tiny amounts of money leant to me by friends and family which I’m still paying back.
    I am currently awaiting yet another atos assessment and this constant pressure of knowing I will probably have to go through an appeal process because the assessment doesn’t take into account the good days/bad days nature of mental illnes means I don’t see myself getting my anxiety under control and able to work any time soon. I often can’t eat or sleep due to the constant worry.

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  5. Please call a halt to this as innocent people are dying and carers are struggling to support there loved once because what is happening is both cruel and unfair

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  6. Atos representative promised me a recorded interview then cancelled it without telling me when I attended the JC, causing me a great amount of stress. Still have not heard from them but now hope for home visit as I collapsed onto floor when in foyer of JC last time I went. I consider the whole reasoning behind WCA and the assessors to be unfit for purpose.

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  7. Please add Pete Perkins & Team from “We the People” advice & advocacy service to the list above.

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  8. I believe the a civilised country should support its most vulnerable citizens. In Britain we used to talk about social security. It is now called welfare but the present system is the opposite of that, it is resulting both directly and indirectly in suffering, health conditions being made worse and in some cases the n death. I wholeheartedly support this petition. Personally I had to go through the sea process about 2.5 years ago and it has resulted in a permanent deterioration in my health. Only the incompetence of the system has saved me from continued reassessments and for that at least I am grateful.

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  9. Linda Ashford

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  10. it must be sorted out before there are any more deaths

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  11. It is time for a pause, time to rethink, and time to put consideration of individual need back into the picture. The current system is proven to be unfit for purpose. Any such ‘ceasefire’ would bring needed relief to those affected, and would perhaps even save lives.

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  12. Pumping Marvellous is a patient led Heart Failure Charity supporting people newly diagnosed people during what is a traumatic event for them and their families.

    We are happy to support and promote this call for a Ceasefire to Welfare Reform.

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  13. sanctions & misguided WCAs are killing people & making sick people homeless & even more sick

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  14. Please stop the reforms etc, many people have died as a result of these actions. You may as well line them up against the wall and shoot them, have you no shame, for even compassion for those a lot worse off than yourselves

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  15. I would like to sign this as myself and also on behalf of DPAC (Disabled People against the Cuts) Norfolk

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  16. Please add my name
    Helen McGoldrick – Disabled People For Yes

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  17. The speed at which these reforms are being brought in is causing stress, suffering for all disabled people. To have to go through yet another medical for anyone is very difficult but for those with mental health issues it is beyond stressful and could as it has already lead to further deaths. DLA once awarded should not be taken away, when that award is up for renewal then it would be more appropriate. The Bedroom Tax is illegal as there is not sufficient alternative accommodation for people to move to. THERE NEEDS TO BE A CUMULATIVE IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND NOW.

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    • I know there are people cracking up because this bedroom tax has caused so much pian and misery I only wish these nasty tories find out one day what its like living with no money. Cruel vindictive nasty bastards thats all they are. How people haven’t taken to the streets in anger baffles me it really does.

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  18. I support this and would like my signature adding – thank you.

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  19. This tory governments pushing people to the brink of madness. What makes me really mad is they are borrowing more than labour ever did.Austerity isn’t working just causing pain and anguish stress worry.All they are doi g is causing rifts in society.
    Even though there isn’t any jobs people are getting sanctioned. This is cruel unfair and I only hope this madness stops come may when hopefully these idiots get booted out. Ids needs to calm down with hammering the most vulnerable just like a bully in a playground.

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  20. its just sad for the future of sick old and low wage ppl and ther kids grr

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  21. As an individual, Imfind it shocking amd abhorrent thatbthis go ernment leaves people, even families, destitute, starving amd homeless. The institutionalised cruelty is breathtaking.

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    • Please excuse my typos!

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  22. adding my support to stop the persecution of people in need of ESA. The current situation is unacceptable with renewals taking over a year, sanctions removing even the most basic support, the list goes on. Dxxx

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  23. I just wonder what they will do with all those who will literally die from heart attacks caused by stress and or from starvation/ hypothermia due to benefits cessations.
    The Government, especially Iain Duncan Smith should be held for culpable manslaughter against any individual who has died as a result of these Dickensan benefit reforms.
    Time this was put to a stop and a manageable and sensible reform was put in place in stages and without causing so much damage to the already vulnerable.
    My final word is – Karma -

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  24. The stress of the ESA assessment process and the threat of further assessment was so terrifying to my partner, who had mental health issues it played on her mind every day untill finally it caused her anxiety and blood pressure levels to rise to such an extent, that she had a fatal bleed on the brain and died last December. Whilst still grieving they started on me in February. I have never felt so terrorised by my own government in my whole life!! I regard the current welfare policies as cruel, inhumane and criminal. Laws are supposed to made to protect citizens, not persecute, terrorise and harass them to their deaths! There should be an immediate ceasefire to these reforms and these assessments should be scrapped NOW!

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  25. Erik Zoha – online activist

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  26. Andrew Marlow national health Action Party

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  27. I agree very strongly. Give people time to catch breath.

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  28. It needs to stop

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  29. we support fully a halt to welfare ‘reforms’ targeting the poorest and most vulnerable in society

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  30. It is simply wrong, on all counts, to treat vulnerable human beings in the way that the current “reforms” are attempting to do.

    There have been enough deaths, and the cumulative effect of the changes have meant great hardship for many of those who are disabled or caring for them, especially those with mental health issues who find it difficult enough to cope without the added stress!

    CUMULATIVE IMPACT ASSESSMENT ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL – RIGHT NOW, AND CESSATION OF CHANGES, AT LEAST UNTIL THIS HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT!

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  31. I believe the number of people who have died or, killed themselves since 2008 is 72,000 a shocking figure & this need’s 2 b publicised as this is proof that the Government have ordered deliberate changes 2 Benefits, KNOWING what would happen & they WELL KNOW just how many have died! The TRUTH need’s to come out about this, people r STILL DYING!

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  32. Jo Walker

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  33. Vicki Hon

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  34. Please add my name to this list

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  35. remember, the seeds you sow are the seeds you reap

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  36. I am sick of living in fear

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  37. What will it take to stop the government making up unfair laws as they go along. One rule for them and one for us is not a democracy!

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  38. Please stop the cruelty of punishing people for the crime of being poor and ill deserved. We should be offering incentives rather than penalising those who have little choice. Moral of the story is – would you be happy with this treatment?

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  39. i fully support this call for a ceasefire on welfare reform. The changes have caused great distress and hardship for many sick and disabled people. The changes in welfare are inhumane and are not consistent with a civilised approach to supporting sick and disabled within our society.

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  40. Sad situation where politicians gear spending to votes rather than need. I support reversal of cuts except where benefit tourism is the background.

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  41. Kate jones – manchester, UK

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  42. A society is judged on how it looks after it’s most vulnerable members. How can we call ourselves civilised when we add to the suffering of those already in need.

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  43. I fully support this campaign. This government has caused untold suffering amongst the most vulnerable in society. The decision regarding a person’s fitness for work should be decided by those most qualified to make that decision, medical professionals. An idiotic ‘tick box’ one-size-fits-all WCA ‘system’ is unfit for purpose.

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  44. I have bipolar and severe arthritis. I find the form filling for ESA to be very anxiety provoking. My CPN fills them in for me because I cannot write due to arthritis in my fingers. My CPN will not always be here and I do not know what I will do then. I am scared my bipolar is triggered and I end up homeless once again. I have £74 per month stopped in bedroom tax and Council support tax. If I lose any more and struggle more. I will weigh up the benefit of being alive. I live in severe pain and if my bipolar triggers I live in hell. This government is lining its own pockets and cares nothing for the sick or disabled. I worked for 30 years and paid my dues and I am still paying them for what? For those who do not care to share the spoils with their tax avoiding mates. Its sickening!

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  45. I fully support this as a single parent full time carer of a daughter with Chronic Fatigue and Aspergers syndrome, two conditions woefully mis-understood even by doctors let alone WCA ‘Health Assistants’

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  46. I’m left with no justice thanks to the mp Im now in position for future no care I can’t expect all to just carry on ive no life whatsoever Im totaly relagated to a sad lonely life no point to try and rebuild my life a new partner would mean I couldn’t live with as they proved this in 2010 a new home my medics retired me and it’s not ended as was expected had I known they just as well shoved me off damming news of 08 I coped with I didn’t then expect 2010 to have rest of rubbished Im having to borrow money getting things done my family and carer are totaly used and abused my daughter gone into ill health her gp finds this aborent 1 day a week off for her doing my work since 2010 made to wear incontinent pads ive no diagnosis of incontinence Im sick to back teeth of this goverment who don’t listen they can do no more to me they break the law in my case and have lied in doing this

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  47. Wa

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