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Pat’s petition passes 19,500

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Support for Pat’s petition is growing and number of signatures has now passed 19,500

With the Welfare Reform Bill at report stage Day 4 on Tuesday 17th January, it is vital we all join together and campaign against some of the policies being proposed, that will fall disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families.

Please sign Pat’s petition here    and ask as many people/groups to do the same.


Neal Lawson, Chair of Compass signs Pats Petition

Monday, December 12th, 2011

When there are no jobs, and services are being cut to the bone, why is the government targeting disabled people, those with ill health and their carers/families, rather than the bankers who caused the crisis?

A test of a good society is how it treats its most vulnerable citizens. We are failing the test.

I have signed Pats petition  and I urge everyone to do the same. Tell the government to stop these unnecessary and damaging reforms.

 Neal Lawson

Chair of Compass

Please support Pats Petition here and ask friends and family to do the same

“Pat’s Petition touches on an important topic” says Bishop of Chichester

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011


Dear Mrs Onions,

Thank you for your moving email.

Although I have not personally tabled an amendment to the Welfare Reform Bill for debate today, a number of my colleagues have and we are working closely together on this. I think your petition touches on an equally important topic and I am forwarding it to, among others, our Church in Society adviser, who has a special expertise in and concern for disability issues. I wish you well with collecting signatures.

While we must all understand the Government’s need to cut expenditure,it is essential to protect the most vulnerable.

With all good wishes

The Rt Revd Dr John Hind Bishop of Chichester




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.


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



National Family Carer Network spread the word about Pat’s Petition

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

I’m pleased to say this will go out in next week’s bulletin.
Sally Madagan
Admin Asst
National Family Carer Network



MIND agrees with Pat’s Petition

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Mind is very concerned that the welfare system, which already struggles to effectively support people with mental health problems, will be made even worse by the package of reforms and cuts that the Government has announced. We want to see a system that understands and supports people with mental health problems, rather than simply trying to pressure people back to work as fast as possible.

We agree with Pat that the Government should review the impact of all the changes and cuts that they are introducing in order to understand the devastating impact they could have on disabled people.

Vicki Nash, Head of Policy & Campaigns




Benefits and Work support Pat’s Petition

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011


“Benefits and Work is very happy to support Pat Onion’s petition. We oppose both the ruthless destruction of disability and incapacity benefits and the ugly alliance of wealthy politicians and cynical journalists in a campaign of defamation and hatred against sick and disabled claimants. Carers like Pat and veterans like David should be celebrated and supported by a grateful country, not forced to fight for every scrap of income and care they receive.

We will be publicising the petition in our next newsletter and on our website.”

Best regards,


Steve Donnison

Message from Steve Winyard – RNIB

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Received from RNIB

The Government risks failing its own fairness test – reforming welfare to save money but at the expense of those they have promised to protect.

Blind and partially sighted people need support to secure employment and to manage the extra costs of living with a disability, not the threat of losing their benefits. Yet like a perfect storm, the Welfare Reform Bill will pass through Parliament at precisely the same time as local authorities make swingeing cuts.

Steve Winyard, RNIB Head of Campaigns and Policy