On Wednesday 6 February 2013 members of the Pat’s Petition campaign team went to Westminster to meet with Liam Byrne, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Anne McGuire, Shadow Minister for Disabled People.
Thank you to all of you who sent messages of support which were handed on to Liam at the meeting.
The meeting was very successful. Liam is determined that he will give us an Opposition Day Debate as soon as he can, calling for a Cumulative Impact Assessment – if possible before the next budget.
We are aware that cuts to benefits and services are already hitting disabled people hardest and even more cuts are due to be implemented from April this year. An Opposition Day Debate will be sure to bring the Government’s attention back to the issues surrounding its welfare reforms.
It is a matter of urgency that a debate is scheduled soon. We have to be prepared to move on this as soon as we get the week’s notice.
This will take us all standing together.
More details about the meeting last week will be posted soon.