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Act Now for Autism supporting statement

Monday, February 4th, 2013


Received from Carole Rutherford on behalf of Act Now for Autism

The Welfare Reform Bill is impacting in a negative way within the autism community both financially and emotionally.

We fully support the team at Pat’s Petition. There has never been a greater need to pause before continuing with measures that are having a catastrophic impact within our community.

Adults and families living with autism are finding it harder to cope with the changes every day.  We were told that the reforms would ensure that those with the greatest needs would be taken care of, this is not what is happening. We are hearing from adults with autism on a daily basis who are terrified about the prospect of a face to face assessment without anyone to enable them to communicate effectively.

Adults with autism do not have the ‘historic’ evidence or otherwise that we are hearing will be necessary.  The bedroom tax is set to have a massive impact on families who cannot safely allow a child with autism to share a bedroom with their siblings. Families are going to be penalised for having a child with a disability.

It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the disabled. Our current Government is morally bankrupt. 

We need to be assured that Labour will not show the same lack or care and understanding towards the sick, needy and disabled




The onslaught continues – sign Pat’s Petition

Monday, October 8th, 2012

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

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 charities to come on board and raise awareness to your memberships. Time is running out so you need do this quickly.





1. David Cameron on Andrew Marr show

Q: Nick Clegg said there would be more austerity after 2015. Was he right?

Yes, says Cameron. The cuts will have to be decided before the election. The government will have to look at things like welfare

2. Iain Duncan Smith Guardian 19.26 pm

“This quote is from 19:26 Sunday –

“A delegate asks Duncan Smith if he could cut more from the welfare budget, saying that would be very popular with the public.

IDS says he’s cut more than any other secretary of state – £18bn – but these are “difficult” times.

Once he has reformed welfare, everyone will be able to recognise that those who are on benefits are genuine claimants, he says, and not scroungers.”

3. George Osborne plans to cut another £10bn from welfare budget





British Institute of Learning Disabilities support Pats petition

Thursday, January 19th, 2012
“BILD, the British Institute of Learning Disabilities supports the campaign against cuts in support to people with learning disabilities and all people with disabilities. We’d encourage everyone to sign up and support the campaign for Pat’s Petition.”
I’ll also put it in our members’ newsletter, which will go out at the end of the month.
Hope this is helpful.
Peter Salisbury  |  Communications Manager   
British Institute of Learning Disabilities
Please sign Pats petition here and share the link asking others to do the same.

It’s YOUR petition – reach out to others who can help raise awareness

Thursday, January 5th, 2012


New Year’s Eve in the Pat’s Petition camp was verging on melt down. A significant milestone, of 10,000 signatures, suddenly seemed within our sights. Numbers, which, for a few days, had been gently rising, took on a life of their own. Frantic emails. Quickly “sign”  “tell everyone” ” Twitter it quickly” it’s only 120 short no it’s 79 oh 50, 19, 3…It hovered between 9,997 and 10,000 for what seemed an eternity. The virtual atmosphere was electric. Someone was ready with the cold flannels if anyone fainted. Yes! Yes! Yes! The cry went up – we had made it and it was still climbing. My hard working team, but most of all YOU.

Many of you are worried about signing on this government e-petition site. Fear of leaving your name that would identify you as wanting to show your support against this tyranny. Actually they aren’t interested, but the law says that, even with a written petition, you must leave an address. I have signed it and you know who I am. If they so wanted to, it will be me they find long before any of you.

Signatures have come in ones, twos, tens and hundreds. From everywhere imaginable. Little groups, big groups. Small charities and big voluntary units – but mainly they have come from YOU – disabled people, carers and your families. You know if you’ve signed so thank you. You know if you haven’t. Tut tut, there are no excuses.

So into 2012 and we have a long way to go. The press are already knocking on my door, but I have a few mince pies and some turkey soup to finish first. I’ll be ready with our aims and objectives, plus a cuppa and custard cream for them. That’s an optional extra.

Pat’s Petition has been featured on many blogs, web sites, Facebooks and Twitters. It has been talked about in the pubs, on buses, trains and in board rooms. It has even reached the corridors of Holyrood and Westminster. So it should. It is really the People’s Petition and you are the people it will affect.

My message to all of them is – it should not just be looking at the financial costit is the human cost, which is by far the more important.

Now it is time to reach out to all those newsletter owners. Don’t be shy, tell them – “share it with your members” – no good being coy. It is disabled people, their carers and families whose lives are being destroyed.

If you are someone who gets a newsletter and haven’t spotted Pat’s PetitionSHOUT and ask where is it?  Tell them no one knows what tomorrow will bring. If they don’t act now there won’t be any tomorrows or safety net to catch those who fall.

Our chorus of protesting voices is growing. How loud do we have to get before we see true compassion, and duty of care.

Pat x

You can find further information on the links below:


Why should we all support Pat’s Petition

Monday, November 28th, 2011

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Why should we all be supporting  Pat’s Petiton?

The answer lies within ourselves, and depends on the future we want, not just for ourselves, our children, our country, but also our politics, especially our politics.

For some time now the word ‘politician’ is seen in such deragatory terms. There is no faith, trust, hope or belief among many of the public. They are under constant attack by ‘politicians’ who show no understanding of their daily lives.

Make no mistake, this is not reform of the benefit/social care systems but a contant persecution of many disabled people, carers and their families. If this was truly the ‘biggest shakeup’ of the welfare system in over 60 yrs, the level of Carers Allowance would have been addressed. Even after this so called ‘reform’, it will remain the LOWEST of all the benefits, when those in receipt are among those who contribute the most.

Is reform needed – Yes, but not cuts like is being brought forth, ones that are so fast, so deep, they will create a crisis far worse than any banking one. Without coming across as too dramatic the cost will be immense, but one paid with the loss of lives not money. By taking away money that enables many disabled people to retain their independence, to enable many of them to work, where can their extra costs be transferred to. Over stretched local authorities wont be able to pick these costs up.

Qualifying for disability benefits is extremely hard now, fraud rate is so minimal compared to other benefits, yet govt are targetting disabled people more than any other group. They allow, and also contribute to, the many ‘scrounger’ stories in media. This has to stop.

Each and every one of us has a duty to protect those unable to do so themselves.

For disabled people who are able to raise their voices, we must ensure our ears are open to their messages. Having taken part in 2 of the Hardest Hit protests this year, there can be no doubt of the message being relayed.

When you have grassroot groups forming alliances , when you have big groups/charities organising Hardest Hit events, when you have media articles daily all saying the same thing….STOP. Surely that tells you how wrong some of these policies are.

We know what Pat Onions  is doing. Now it remains to be seen….


Doing nothing is not an option


NSun help spread the word re Pat’s Petition

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Pat thanks NSun  for including her petition details in their newsletter

You can read it here

Please sign Pats Petition here and share the link

Pat says “Our voices will be heard”

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Received from Pat

Since its launch in early November, Pat’s petition  has reached out to thousands of disabled people, carers and friends. Magnificent backing has come from all walks of life including charitable organisations, voluntary groups and my own MP!

Far and wide it finds members of the public who care enough and want to help. It is going from strength to strength as more hear about it and want to sign. The offers of support from MIND, Disability Alliance, RNIB, RADAR and so many more, has been truly amazing. Their newsletters will be heard and seen by tens of thousands.


National Family Carer Network spread the word about Pat’s Petition

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

I’m pleased to say this will go out in next week’s bulletin.
Sally Madagan
Admin Asst
National Family Carer Network



ECDP share Pat’s Petition with their members

Friday, November 18th, 2011

ECDP  has said –


“We’re very pleased to share this petition with our members. It is important the voice of all disabled people can be heard in issues that affect their everyday lives.”




MIND agrees with Pat’s Petition

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Mind is very concerned that the welfare system, which already struggles to effectively support people with mental health problems, will be made even worse by the package of reforms and cuts that the Government has announced. We want to see a system that understands and supports people with mental health problems, rather than simply trying to pressure people back to work as fast as possible.

We agree with Pat that the Government should review the impact of all the changes and cuts that they are introducing in order to understand the devastating impact they could have on disabled people.

Vicki Nash, Head of Policy & Campaigns