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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.
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).
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
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.
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.”
“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”
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)
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.
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
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.