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Letter from Samuel Miller to Liam Byrne

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Permission has been granted to copy this letter here, that was originally posted on Twitter.


July 10th Parliamentary debate: Cumulative Impact Assessment (‘The effect of Government Policies on Disabled People’)

3:36 PM (1 minute ago)


Rt Hon Mr. Liam Byrne, MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
House of Commons
London, England

Dear Mr. Byrne,

I am a 56-year-old Disability Studies specialist from Montreal, Canada who has been reporting frequently and voluntarily, since January 2012, to senior United Nations officials (see attached) on the crisis for the United Kingdom’s sick and disabled. Austerity measures, consisting of draconian welfare reforms and “sham” means-testing (Atos Healthcare U.K. and the Department for Work and Pensions) are ostensibly to blame for their plight—with disability hate crime and inflammatory media attacks factored into this mix.

I am writing you regarding this Wednesday’s Parliamentary debate on the effect of government policies on disabled people (, and in your capacity as Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

It is vital that such a cumulative impact assessment include a (more…)

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





Pat’s Petition – Urgent Call for Action

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012


We have now reached the last two months for the epetition ( sign here ) and now, more than ever, we need your support.

Charities like Disability Rights UK, Carers Trust and Carers UK have added our flyer to their newsletters, and grassroots organisations including Disabled People Against Cuts, Spartacus, Act Now for Autism and many more  have promoted it.

You may already have done this in previous months. But can I ask you to repeat it?

Send it to your contacts, media organisations, charities, trade unions and local community organisations, anyone who can send it on further. Don’t worry about duplicating the message – they need to know we all want this to succeed.

With the Paralympics and the week of ATOS protests, as well as the recent TV programmes about the Work Capability Assessment, we can see that people are becoming more aware of the perfect storm that lies ahead. But we do not have much time to get this petition to 100,000.  Virgin Trains achieved their target within one week. The changes impacting on disabled people will affect far more people.

Now is the time to act.

I have copied the text of our flyer below – please use it and edit it to suit your situation. We recommend making sure you include the epetition link to make it easy for people to sign.

If you need more information, or want a formatted version of the flyer, please do just get in touch.

Thank you, Pat x


Pat’s Petition



Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services, which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families

The petition is just one of many actions being taken by disabled people and their supporters. The idea is to get a debate in parliament. To force those dismantling our public services, rights and entitlements, to account for themselves. There is no illusion that the petition will stop anything by itself. But every small action joins with other actions, so that together they can make a difference.

A small group of volunteers has got this to over 44,000 signatures. Now we need to get it to 100,000 by November 1st.

Together WE can do this.

So please sign, and as important, send on to friends and colleagues. Add to e-newsletters, blogs, and social media platforms – spread the word.

Further information here – Pat’s Petition 

 Contact Pat –


       Download a copy here   –    Call to Action sept 2nd




Disabled people Against the Cuts – week of protests

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Disabled campaigners have planned a week of protests against Atos to coincide with the start of the Paralympic Games

Debbie Jolly in Guardian

Minute Menu of protest Activites


Atos ­sponsoring the Paralympics when its benefit tests are a sick joke is an insult to disabled people

by Kevin Maguire Daily Mirror

Paralympian stripped of gold in protest against sponsors Atos


Owen Jones: David Cameron praises Paralympians, but his policies will crush them



Add your voice to Pat’s Petition here

Share the link 

and ask as many others to do the same


Opposition day June 20th – Disability Benefits and Social Care

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

On Wednesday – 20th June, following Prime Minister Question Time, there will be an Opposition Day** debate in the House of Commons about ‘disability benefits and social care’. This will be an opportunity to debate some of the issues raised by Pat’s Petition, but we emphasise that it will not cover everything.

Pat’s Petition calls on the government to stop and review all the changes affecting disabled people and carers. While disability benefits and social care are two significant parts of the support given to disabled people, there is a bigger picture which must include reform of the NHS in England, the end of legal aid, changes to local authority budgets, housing benefits, Surestart and more.

Pat’s Petition is currently using the term ‘Cumulative Impact Assessment’ (CIA) to describe what is needed – an assessment that looks at the impact of all the changes taken together. A CIA has also been recommended by bodies including the Joint Committee of Human Rights and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

We hope that the government will take heed of all these requests for a CIA and that the debate on Wednesday will reference it.

Pat’s Petition now has over 38,000 signatures. Please continue to sign and share the link so that we reach 100,000 signatures to request a full debate on the impact of all the changes, not just disability benefits and social care.

We urge you all to take note of the debate, follow it online here, tweet comments adding the hashtag  #CIA, add to Facebook and blogs.  Add comments below.

Most importantly urge your MP to attend.

Pat x

**Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons in each session for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition. There are 20 days allocated for this purpose per session and the Opposition generally uses them to raise questions of policy and administration.


A Disaster waiting to happen – how long before social services sink

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

 False Economy have been updating their list of cuts. You can see them here  and  here

They have also been collecting testimonies from people already affected.

Today the Telegraph tells how “the leaders of   every major council in England and Wales called on the main party leaders to   act now to avoid “dangerous” delays in agreeing reform to elderly services. “

The government must heed this warning. Not to do so will be foolhardy, irresponsible, reckless,

There is a greater danger ahead too. When the proposals in the Welfare Reform Act are put in to place, many people fear their benefits will be cut/withdrawn. The knock on effect to Social Services will be immense, and like a pack of cards the system will collapse.

It is vital that the government “stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families.”

This is asked for in Pat’s petition . To date almost 36,000 have signed.

The JCHR outlined their concerns in March 2012 – Implementation of the Right of Disabled People to Independent Living

Scottish Campaign tells UN – “UK Welfare Reforms in Breach of Disabled People’s Human Rights”

DPAC protests

Spartacus report

Hardest Hit events

and the list could go on.

This is YOUR opportunity to take action by signing the petition but also to become an organiser. Go out and promote it, gather support where you can. Ask those supporters to do the same.

Any questions or if you require further information please contact –

Pat, Karen or Rosemary



The Centre for Welfare Reform support Pat’s Petition

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Deep cuts in benefits for disabled people, combined with cuts in social care for children and adults, are a twin pronged attack on the citizenship of disabled people. These cuts target disabled people and are unfair on every level. With this in mind we support Pat’s Petition fully

Dr Simon Duffy, Director of The Centre for Welfare Reform

Please   sign Pats Petition here   and share as wide as possible asking others to do the same.

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


Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

On Wednesday 1st Feb 2012 the government is planning to reverse the Lords amendments on welfare reform

Sign Pat’s Petition here before Wednesday to show MPs they can’t do this

Don’t just be a signer — be an organizer. Turn your signature into hundreds more by asking your friends to sign. Then they’ll ask their friends. That’s how we win.

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Pats Petition sails past 14,000

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

 Signatures currently standing at 14,473

 The government was defeated three times in a row in the Lords last night on its proposals to save money be limiting the benefits paid to ill and disabled people who claim Employment Support Allowance. You can read about it here

The three main parties have until now maintained a solid wall of silence acting together on welfare reform to cut and limit benefits to disabled people. Now – at long last it is sensational to see the first crack in this wall of silence.

Lord Patel made a compelling case. ( You can watch in full here , forward to 40mins for the start of the debate ).
It was great to hear him spelling out so clearly that people placed in the WRAG group of ESA who are being threatened with these sanctions and time limits are all people who have been assessed under the new tests as people who are not fit to be required to work. So why are these people being time limited and treated as if they are fit to work? As Lord Freud made very clear in the debate – the limits are being put on their benefits only to save money. ( Lords Hansard text here)
The deficit cannot be reduced on the backs of people who are assessed as not fit to work – some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the community.
More votes including one on DLA are coming up in the next few weeks. Campaigners are working tirelessly lobbying members of the House of Lords and media. Further details can be found here
It is even more important now to get the details of Pat’s Petition out to people to give them a chance to register their support for campaigners where the government can see and hear them. Please let people know what is happening and how they can sign Pat’s Petition.

Sign Pat’s Petition here

More details about the petition and the supporters here
See Pat’s Petition on FaceBook
and on Twitter
Read Resonsible Report ( Spartacus report ) Responsible Reform
Listen to Baroness Meacher here
Watch video of protest outside Westminster here