Pat’s petition was created by a group of friends who are all disabled or carers. The petition simply asks the government to stop and review the cuts which have been made to the benefits and services that are provided to disabled people. The system which is now in place is filing failing people, their carers and families.
The welfare reforms were not piloted, the initial plan was to monitor and assess the impact of the new approach. Since this was decided the economy unfortunately went into a recession. This has led to the governments program of cuts, leaving people confused and afraid as to what will happen to them, and how they are going to be affected.
For this reason the government needs to review the impact to these changes and the effects it will have on disabled people, their carers and families. We ask the government to stand by its duty of care to disabled people/those with ill health, their carers and families. Regrettably at present the government is not performing this duty, resulting in a negative impact on peoples lives, leaving may individuals feeling unsafe, confused, isolated, scared and struggling to carry on.
The cuts to the benefits and services will not only impact people who need them at present, but also those who will need to use them in the future. Illness and disability can affect anyone of us in a number of different ways, during our lives.
The petition has received widespread support over the past few months from disabled people, their carers, friends and families and over 50,000 people have already signed to express their anger at the government’s ill-conceived reforms to welfare and service provision.
When the petition reaches 100,000 signatures it will be referred to a select committee and this could trigger a commons debate on the issue which would be a powerful indication of the level of opposition that exists to the government’s policies on welfare and care.
Every signature counts and will allow our view to be expressed and heard. So please show your support by signing Pat Onions’ e-petition at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968 before the closing date on the 01/11/2012. Your support is vital for everyone’s future.