Posts Tagged ‘disability alliance’

Pat’s Petition supports Paul Farmer of MIND 100%

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

 Pat’s Petition  supports Paul Farmer of MIND 100% in walking away from the  WCA review.

According to Chris Grayling the disability charities are asking for a  Judicial Review and that the WCA tests will be paused while this takes place, and  we urge the charities to proceed with this as fast as possible.
Pat’s Petition  is asking for just such a pause. The petition is now number  11 out of 11,000 e-petitions. Support the charities in getting a Judicial  Review. Add the link to Pat’s Petition to all your posts and ask people to share  and use the share button on the petition

Now we are speaking up as One

Monday, February 6th, 2012
I’m sure like me you are feeling battered after the Welfare Reform Bill process.
The government showed no respect for us in the recent debates – overturning the hard won Lords amendments and stating they will use financial privilege rule to force through welfare reform - an unprecedented move that is possibly being challenged. They were shocked because they thought we wouldn’t speak up, but they were wrong: activists and charities across the board have united in challenging them on this disastrous attack on disability benefits.
For far too long, the government thought they could do what they liked to us. Now we are speaking up as one, the government is closing the debate down by extraordinary measures, so that we still feel unheard. If the government closes debate down, we believe we could all use Pat’s Petition to make sure we open it up again.
So far, the petition has reached over 28,000 signatures to be number fourteen out of over 11,000 petitions on the government e-petition site. It did that in its first three months. We know it can get to 100,000 if we continue working together. That gives us the opportunity for debate.
Being an electronic petition this means every one putting the link to Pat’s Petition  in newsletters, on websites, in mail outs – every where you can. Ask people to sign themselves, and also to ask friends and family and people on their networks to sign. Please encourage everyone to be proactive in this – if each of the current signatories got just 4 other people to sign, the target would be reached.
In the age of social media – we can do this.
Pat’s Petition is for all of us. For every one who is angry about the way the government are treating disabled people and carers.
Support Pat’s Petition and take the debate right back to Westminster where they have to hear us.
If you can help raise awareness further please do contact me at  –
Pat  x

Will today come to represent a day in British history on Welfare Reform

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

For centuries history books have recorded many battles, and yet for us none can be as important as the one we face today.

The Welfare reform Bill  is nearing its final stages in the Lords and it has been extraordinary these last few months seeing everyone come together to highlight opposition to the bill.

Last night we learned that Baroness Grey Thompson will table a new amendment asking for a pilot scheme to be put in place ahead of any changes made to Disability Living Allowance. Clause 80 can be read here  

For those wanting to watch the proceedings you can do so here  ( approx 3pm )

Voices are being raised daily,  saying Coalition must think again regarding these proposed changes to disability benefits.

To date 21,489 people have signed the petition I submitted on the governments website.

If you have not already done so I ask that you join us by signing here

Share with  family, friends, contacts, groups and tell them to do the same.

This could be Welfares last stand,  and it is one for which we need a united front.

This morning the Candle of Hope still shines brightly and with members in the House of Lords battling on our behalf,  long may it stay lit.

Last but not least, keep a watchful eye on our backdoors.

With all the coverage re Disability Benefits, we need ensure nothing untoward is being rushed through by stealth. There are so many proposals, many that will affect our lives, and it is vital we do not take our eye off the ball so to speak.

Any possible reprieve today will be a great victory for everyone but the war itself will not be won. Our campaigning will need continue.

Pat x


Call for a pause in welfare reform

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Posted on goingtowork from the TUC

The Welfare Reform Bill is currently in the final stages of its way through Parliament, and Peers are debating its Report Stage in the House of Lords this week.

We’re very concerned about many of its implications, especially on disabled people, large numbers of whom face a reduction in benefits as the universal benefit Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is replaced by the more conditional benefit system of Personal Independence Payments (PIP).


Pats Petition goes past 11,000

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Sue Marsh, whom along with others,  produced the new report  Responsible Reform, that created so much interest today, is asking for an Adjournment Debate on the Welfare Reform Bill, to delay it for six months for reflection.

Any one who supports this idea –  sign Pat’s Petiton  and get others to sign

Opposition to Benefit Reform Kept Hidden by the Government

Monday, January 9th, 2012

The authors of a new report, Responsible Reform, published today have studied the submissions to the DLA consultation and reveal evidence that the consultation for DLA did not meet the Government’s own Code of Practice. They also reveal that only 7% of the respondents to the consultation, supported it fully. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, produced one of over 450 responses, detailing objections to the proposed changes. Yet the government didn’t publish the submissions and went ahead any way.

You can find full details on Sue Marshs’ blog here  and Kaliya Franklins blog plus Guardian article here 

Pat Onions of Pat’s Petition  supports this report and says –

“there has been a wall of silence from all the political parties over the way disabled people, those with ill health and their carers, are being treated. I am delighted that Boris has had the courage to break with the others and stand up and speak up.”

She continued

“Community groups have been suspicious of consultations for years. We have always had a gut reaction that they make their minds up before these consultations. This report shows we were right.”

Pat described her worry that there are further threats to disabled people and carers,

“All the cuts and changes coming together have made a perfect storm. Disability Living Allowance is one part of this and the report authors are quite right to ask for a pause, to think it out properly, before visiting it on vulnerable people. This is exactly what is asked for in my petition”

Please sign petition here and ask as many

family, friends, contacts, groups/charities to

do the same .

Share the link on social media sites

United we stand, divided we fall



Reading Voluntary Action

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

RVA is publicising Pat’s Petition having heard about it from colleagues in the North Yorks Voluntary Sector Forum. Our online directory of news and events for the voluntary sector in Reading gets over 250,000 visitors a year and around 800 local voluntary sector and stakeholder contacts take RVA’s weekly ebulletin, so we are happy to use these channels to broaden awareness of national issues that will inevitably have a local impact.

Whatever people’s views about the current economic approach in general, there is an important specific debate to be had around the acute challenges faced by carers and the cared-for. We want to make our audience aware of Pat’s Petition so that they can decide if this is something they want to get involved in.”

Hazel Broad, Deputy Director at Reading Voluntary Action (RVA)

Look what happened on New Years Eve

Sunday, January 1st, 2012


Happy New Year to each and every one of you. It was a hectic time last night for my little team and me as we realised that our first  10,000 milestone was in sight. How amazing for that to happen as we brought the year to a close. It certainly gave us something to celebrate!

We got more excited as we realised that our team is now all 10,000 of those signatures. And if every one of these first 10,000 supporters each got just 10 friends to sign, we would have reached the 100,000 that we need. And that’s possible isn’t it – it’s realistic. That is something to celebrate.

So, let’s take this one step at a time.

For a brilliant start to the New Year, please can you get just 3 more signatures for the petition? I’ve found it helps to ask people who already have an email address – as you know, it doesn’t take long to sign if you’re already set up.

Please can you email or face book three people and ask them to sign up?

Send them the link to this letter or directly to the petition site.  Tell them why it’s important to you that they sign it. Let them know how easy it is. Remind them to check their email for the confirmation message that they’ll need to answer.

Please do that for me – for a Happy New Year

Pat x

You can find further information on the links below

On twitter

Dear Santa – from Pat Onions (Pat’s Petition)

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Dear Santa,

I know how busy you are but I have a few ideas I want to run past you. OK?

They’re all to do with Pat’s petition – yeah I thought that was a great idea too. Told all my friends who told their friends and they all signed my petition. Brilliant. That’s what I needed.

I asked some nice people at lots of the charities too. They were well impressed and passed it around on someat called Twitter and put the petition on their sites. That was good and gave the petition publicity but I need more signatures – lots more. Time is against me.

One of my helpers, you call yours Elves don’t you Santa? I like that. Anyway one of my helpers said I should ask some of the Voluntary sector people. They came good and you know what? The numbers shot right up. I could hear the countometer thingy going whoosh it was amazing. Well pleased I was too.

I found little pockets of people in even littler places all wanting to help. It was amazing.

Do you know Santa what was specially magical for me? What can be more fitting at Christmas than some Holy men sending their blessings to us? Even more special is one very very important Holy man who is praying for all of us.

Thank you to them all.

I know you’re very busy Santa but can you help me a little more? Will you tell all these ever so nice people, who made that counter thing go so high, that I will be back in January? Gonna ask again for their help to get right up to them 10’s of thousands. Tell them that time is running out for all of us and ignoring me is not an option.

Will you be sure and tell them I need their votes please Santa?

I’m gonna fight on for all those disabled people, all them carers and their families who love them.

Thank you.

Pat x

 Please sign Pat’s Petition here and ask your family, friends and contacts to do the same.

If you belong to a group/charity that has a newsletter, please ask them to share these details with their members. It is vital we reach as many disabled people, and their families as possible. Time is running out  

Things to do this Christmas

PCS say ‘Action alert – sign Pats Petition’

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Action alert – please sign the petition against cuts being made to the benefits and services of disabled people


An e-petition has been created on the government website calling on the coalition to stop and review the cuts to benefits and services for disabled people.

The petition was created by a woman called Pat Onions, who is herself blind and a carer.

Please sign this petition to protect benefits and services. We need 100,000 signatures to generate a debate in Parliament.

see here    from PCS