What a weekend! We have done an amazing amount of work over these last few days, and amazing to see all our supporters rally round.
At the beginning of last week, no way could we envisage the events of this weekend just gone.
On the sunniest weekend of the year, we have been sweltering inside, organising blog posts, booking train tickets, desperately trying to arrange seats to watch the debate inside the House, contacting the many MPs who have been sympathetic to us, finding out about pauper’s picnics and now asking every one of you to make one final push for Pat’s Petition.
You have rallied around. Supportive MPs have now found seats for Pat and Rosemary so that they can be there on this important day.
The debate on Wednesday will be the last chance to get our voices heard in Parliament for some time. MPs will break up for the summer recess and then return, after their Party Conference, in October.
We need to make sure they are all briefed to understand the impact of Government Policies on disabled people and carers.
They need to know we are watching this debate. They have to be aware that they are under scrutiny on this issue.
We need them to vote for a Cumulative Impact Assessment. They have continually said this is impossible and too complicated, and we have answered that they wouldn’t conduct huge experiments with anything else, so why do it on disabled people? We have now heard that “the publication of cumulative impacts is a Coalition initiative” so our hopes are raised that they will now agree that this needs doing for disabled people and carers.
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE
1. Write to your MPs asking for their attendance and that they back this motion. You can find their details here
That this House believes that the Government should publish a cumulative impact assessment of the changes made by this Government that affect disabled people (to be published by October 2013).
2. Use social media to broadcast all messages with the hashtag #CIADisability
3. Sign and share the link to WOW Petition
And it is vital that you watch the debate live on the day here
We have learnt an incredible amount by watching debates.
You can see how full or empty the room is!
See if your MP is interested in your issues.
Hear who really understands the challenges faced by disabled people and note who mentions the impact that falls on carers and families too.
And you can join in the twitter conversation at the same time as watching it all.
It will be a historic day for us – we hope you’ll be there too.