These are challenging times for everyone, but especially for disabled people and carers. Cuts to benefits and services are coming our way from all directions creating the perfect storm.
Yet when we ask the DWP to carry out a Cumulative Impact Assessment of all these changes taken together Ms Miller refuses on the grounds it is too difficult and prefers to sit back and wait for the car crash. This just isn’t good enough. All new medicines, bridges, and vehicles have to be road-tested.
So how can they go ahead and conduct a live experiment on disabled people and carers without any estimates of what they are doing?
We all need to fight this together. Pat’s Petition needs your signatures. The petition could trigger government debate if we can achieve 100,000 signatures. If we all work together on this, 100,000 signatures for Pat’s Petition should be easily achievable. Because of the 40,000 signatures we have already the government is asking us to plan for a debate but we don’t have much time left to get the remaining signatures.
Dear Mrs Pat Onions
Looks like your e-petition “Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families” is gaining momentum.
If you do get to 100,000 signatures you will need an MP to support a debate. You can find your local MP at http://findmymp.parliament.uk/. You can find more information about how the House of Commons deals with e-petitions on the Backbench Business Committee website at http://www.parliament.uk/bbcom. If you need any more information, you can contact us at email@example.com. Thanks, HM Government e-petitions http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/
Please help us now.
It’s desperately important that we show the government the strength we have if we work together. Pat’s Petition has brought together a group of independent disability organisations, academics and charities to carry out our own Cumulative Impact Assessment for disability – CIA-D. While we continue to press the government to carry out their own assessment of the changes, we are starting to gather evidence ourselves. It is still at an early stage but we hope to collect information for campaigners and journalists to show the cumulative impact of all these changes.
In the meantime please go out and get the signatures for Pat’s Petition.
All for one and one for all.
Together we can do this.
Please remember to watch 2 programmes this Monday evening. Panorama and Dispatches are both covering sickness and disability procedures.