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 benefit changes one by one and show us, and the voters, exactly what they are doing to individual disabled people.
Scope/Demos have released research on these changes. And it isn’t as impossibly difficult as the government maintain.
We aren’t going anywhere until the government face up to their responsibilities and produce a projection of what their policies are, and will be doing, to disabled people and their carers.
Pat’s team is working with many other campaign groups and we are meeting with government statisticians to discuss how they can carry out a Cumulative Impact Assessment.
The WOW petition is still active and you can sign that here. Their number of supporters is growing daily. Please share this petition as wide as possible asking others to sign and share too. You will note they have had a preliminary response in which again the government states -
“Cumulative impact analysis is not being withheld – it is very difficult to do accurately and external organisations have not produced this either.”
This is NOT acceptable.
We still receive many emails and requests from people wanting to support this campaign. To this end a space has been created here to add your support, comments can be added too.
This Cumulative Impact Assessment
is going to happen