Posts Tagged ‘radar’

Bishop of Oxford helps raise awareness of Pat’s Petition

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011


Dear Mrs ******,

Thank you very much for drawing my attention to Pat’s Petition.  I am drawing it to the attention of 1500 church leaders who receive a weekly email bulletin from Oxford Diocese and I hope there might be some real response from that quarter.  You are right that a society must be judged by the way it treats its most vulnerable members.

With all good wishes

Yours sincerely


Christine Lodge
Personal Assistant to the Bishop of Oxford

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


Making Space supports Pat’s Petition

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Dear Hayley,

Further to your email below, Elaine has asked me to let you know that Making Space will support Pat’s Petition and that Cath will be dealing with it in terms of the blog.

Many thanks,

Kind regards,

Madeleine  Making Space


NAVCA share Pat’s Petition with their members

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Thanks for getting in touch Pat.

We will tell all NAVCA’s members about your petition.

Good wishes

Kevin Curley
Chief Executive


National Housing Federation pleased to support Pats petition

Monday, November 21st, 2011


The National Housing Federation is pleased to support Pat’s Petition to protect services for disabled and vulnerable people.

The Federation’s own ‘Support matters’ campaign has been highlighting the impact of cuts to housing-related support services and the effect this has on the lives of real people. Politicians, councils and service providers need to work together to make sure those people are not forgotten as budgets get squeezed.


Best wishes


William Summers
Campaigns Officer
National Housing Federation

Shelter add their name to Pats Petition

Monday, November 21st, 2011


Dear Pat,

 I am delighted that your petition   is going so well, with so many charities signing up to back you. We at Shelter  are happy to add our name to this and hope that the hard work pays off and you are successful.

We will be more than happy to pass along and will also be adding it to our Twitter feed this week.

Best of luck with this again.

Kind regards


Campbell Robb Chief Executive – Shelter


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.


Disability Alliance help raise awareness of Pats Petition

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Pat thanks Disability Alliance  for helping raise awareness of her petition.


MSRC help spread the word re Pats Petition

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Hi Pat,

I have already placed your petition on the MSRC’s MS Discussion Forums, Facebook and Twitter and will try and find space for it in our next newsletter.

Kind regards

John Habkirk
Website Manager



Pats’ own MP (Jim Hood) signs her petition

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Dear Ms. Onions,

Mr. Hood has asked me to let you know that he has signed your petition in support. And he passes on his regards to you.

Kind regards
Helen Davidson
Office of Mr. Jim Hood MP