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The WOW Petition, signed by over 104.000 people, called for a cumulative impact assessment of all cuts to support to disabled people and carers.

The debate and vote on the 27th February 2014, the first in history called by sick, disabled people and carers was successful, but since then the Government have failed to honour their side after misrepresenting the position of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, who actually believe it is possible to produce an accurate analysis of how the cuts have been targeted at sick and disabled people and their carers.

Now, more than ever an assessment into the scale of the cuts needs to be completed to quantify, whenever possible, the human cost of the first round of cuts, before further cuts can be even contemplated.

The news of some leaked documents, explaining further horrendous cuts to carers and sick & disabled people, have left them terrified of what is going to happen.

We would have thought it imperative that any government respecting human rights would check the consequences of the cuts disabled people and carers have already endured, before imposing further draconian cuts.

Signed:

  • The Green Party
  • Rev David Ison, Dean of St Pauls Cathedral
  • John McDonnell
  • Dr Clive Peedell, Co-leader National Health Action Party
  • PCS UNION
  • Peter Beresford OBE, Professor of Social Policy at Brunel University, Director of the Centre for Citizen Participation and Chair of Shaping our Lives
  • Francesca Martinez, Actress, Comedienne, Author and WOWcampaign
  • Jim Elder-Woodward OBE, Chair of the UK Campaign for a Fair Society
  • Salman Shaheen, Principal Speaker Left Unity
  • Frances Ryan, Journalist The Guardian and inequality
  • Mary O’Hara, Journalist and Author
  • Dr. Peter Purton, Disability/LGBT policy officer, Trade Union Congress
  • Sean McGovern, TUC General Council Disability Representative
  • Ian Jones, WOWcampaign
  • Michelle Maher, WOWcampaign
  • Carole Ford, WOWcampaign
  • Laura Stringhetti, WOWcampaign
  • John McArdle, Co-Founder Black Triangle Campaign
  • Dr Stephen Carty, Member and Medical Adviser Black Triangle Campaign
  • Nick Dilworth, New Approach
  • Carerwatch
  • Linda Burnip, Co-Founder Disabled People Against Cuts
  • Debbie Jolly, Disabled people Against Cuts
  • Bob Ellard, Disabled People Against Cuts
  • Anita Bellows
  • Simon Duffy, Learning Disability Alliance England and The Centre for Welfare Reform
  • Ian Hood, Learning Disability Alliance Scotland
  • People’s Assembly
  • Norma Curran, Chair of Scottish Campaign For A Fairer Society
  • Susan Archibald, Archibald Foundation
  • Mo Stewart, Disability Studies Researcher
  • Pat Onions, Pats Petition
  • Alison Playford, London Occupy
  • Sue Livett, The English Campaign for a Fair Society
  • Kaliya Franklin, People First England
  • Gary Bourlet, People First England
  • Mo Ansar

3 COMMENTS

  1. I am really struggling to cope with the depression brought on by all this uncertainty. I know I will be reassessed soon and everyone keeps telling me that I will lose all my benefits as a matter of course and that I will have to reapply for everything. I have invested the last of my money into a new motability car, I have no chance of holding down a regular job, although I am trying to create work for myself that I could do form home. I struggle to deal with the simplest of tasks each day. Why the hell should I even try to go on if they are going to be arbitrary and cruel? I have even cancelled my 50th birthday because I feel so damn worthless that I can’t find anything to celebrate.

    I worked hard and I paid my national insurance stamp. Yet I am lumped in with those who would live their life on benefits for the free ride.

    I lost my life when we lost a successful business because of their banker friends screwing things up, I have nothing to offer as an employee right now and I never asked to be this ill. I would give everything away to feel well for one day. I cannot face much more.

    I just hope that we see a better future after the election. We don’t need Trident, we don’t need this bloody rail line. That alone would pay the bill for disabled people, if nothing else.

  2. The government are not planning to force disabled families on CA/CTC and DLA onto means tested UC which pays more. They intend to use the capital rules to asset strip Carers and those others on the lower paying non-means-tested benefits.

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