Petition to Ian Duncan Smith and the DWP created by DPAC;
Disabled People have had enough…..
“I say to those watching today and who are genuinely sick, disabled or are retired. You have nothing to fear. This government and this party don’t regard caring for the needy as a burden. It is a proud duty to provide financial security to the most vulnerable members of our society and this will not change. This is our contract with the most vulnerable.”
Iain Duncan Smith – October 2010 http://conservative-speeches.sayit.mysociety.org/speech/601437
As disabled people we’ve spent the last five years enduring attack after attack-we’ve fought back in any way we can. But fear and anxiety are now part of everyday life. Over the past five years we’ve seen our support and whatever security and peace of mind we once had being slowly and methodically being stripped from us .Through a combination of ‘reform’ and the notion of austerity we have been hit by cuts and have borne the brunt of the Coalitions ideological determination to reduce the welfare state.
Basic Human Rights
There’s plenty of statistical evidence to show how the abolition of the Disability Living Allowance, the proposed closure of the Independent Living Fund, the Work Capability Assessment, sanctions and savage cuts to local authority budgets have removed our basic human rights and tried to remove our dignity and fight-and these are just some of the cuts. We’ve also been hit by cuts to our rights to inclusive education,cuts to legal aid, cuts impacting on the right to a home,cuts to our travel support, NHS cuts and many more.
Disabled people are targeted 9 times more than most citizens
Simon Duffy of the Centre for Welfare Reform has calculated the scale of the unfairness, saying simply that when it comes to cuts,‘Disabled people are targeted 9 times more than most citizens. People needing social care are targeted 19 times more than most citizens.’ http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/library/by-date/briefing-on-how-cuts-are-targeted.html
We have been dismayed at the lack of opposition to these cuts, from some politicians and from some of our fellow citizens. However, we believe the public has fallen prey to a propaganda campaign which has led them to believe that many of us are scroungers and fraudsters. Remember when Grant Shapps said that almost a million people had dropped claims for disability benefit to avoid being assessed, the implication being that they were all fraudsters? This was headline news in the Daily Mail, but when the UK Statistics Authority rebuked Shapps for completely misrepresenting the situation, there was very little coverage, so people were left with a totally false impression.
“grave and systematic violations” of the Human Rights of Disabled People
In 2014 we learned that the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is said to be conducting a confidential inquiry into the “grave and systematic violations” of the human rights of disabled people in the UK. https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/stuart-weir/britain-faces-un-investigation-over-systemic-violations-of-disability-rights
Welfare Reform Deaths
Every week we learn of more people who have lost their lives due to government policies. We try to keep a records http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2014/10/21/uk-welfare-reform-deaths-updated-list-october-21st-2014/ although we know there must be more, and we know that these deaths represent just the peak of a mountain of misery that is being heaped upon people whose lives are already difficult. We believe that if they knew the truth, the ordinary people of this country would be appalled at these policies and their results.
We know there are more cuts to come, both the Tories and Labour have vowed to continue their notion of austerity. The Tories have said there will be 12 billion pounds of further cuts
The IFS have said we face cuts of 21 billion by 2020. Leaks say that again these will target disabled people and what’s left of the vital welfare support that many of us have contributed to so that there is a welfare state and safety net in place for all when they need it. We’ve had enough…
Its time all political parties came clean on further cuts to disabled peoples support, instead of false promises and lies
Please, oppose any further cuts to vital support for disabled people and those with chronic health conditions by signing with us below.
Sign the Petition
The same banks that caused the financial crisis currently have the power to create 97% of the UK’s money. They’ve used this power recklessly, putting most of the money they create into property bubbles and financial markets. And now they’re back to their old ways.
We need a change. The power to create money should only be used in the public interest, in a democratic, transparent and accountable way. The 1844 law that makes it illegal for anyone other than the Bank of England to create paper money should be updated to apply to the electronic money currently created by banks.
When new money is created, it should be used to fund vital public services or provide finance to businesses, creating jobs where they’re needed, instead of being used to push up house prices or speculate on the financial markets.
— leamington claimants (@leamclaimants) April 13, 2015
JOIN THE PROTEST!
Protests going on all over the UK:
GLASGOW | NEWCASTLE | NORWICH | BRIGHTON | LONDON | MANCHESTER | LEEDS | HUDDERSFIELD | HULL
For more information visit: https://marchforthehomeless2015.wordpress.com/uk/
MAKE SOME NOISE
If you can’t make it to any of the demonstrations on the day, then why not motivate discussion about the shocking state of homelessness in the UK and abroad. Remember: Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social media sites are all good strategies for getting the message across. Why not email your local MP? Use this link to find out their email address: https://www.writetothem.com/.
PETITION WARWICK DISTRICT COUNCIL
Join this local petition on change.org made by Leamington Claimants Union to Warwick District Council. We asked the council to: “Be Aware of your Duty of Care to the Homeless and Vulnerably Housed.” This is a petition to ask Warwick District Council to either abolish the Spare Bedroom Tax and the Council Tax for benefit claimants in the Warwick District area (they are, after all, totally draconian stealth taxes) – or – Set up a Night Shelter.* Follow the link below to SIGN THE PETITION…
SIGN THE PETITION
*In Warwick District, if you are homeless, there are a few services which may be able to help you: A Night Shelter for two nights a week – Wednesday & Sunday nights – Radford Road Methodist Church – Run by volunteers. Rough Sleeper Outreach Team – Run by Midland Heart and the Way Ahead Project – Street Homeless support – Run by Salvation Army. THERE IS CURRENTLY NO NIGHT SHELTER OPERATING ALL WEEK.
National day of action – 19 March 2015
Put a STOP to Benefit Sanctions
[first posted by unitetheunion.com]
More and more people are facing benefit sanctions. Over 2 million people have had their money stopped in the past 2 years.
That’s 2 million people, many of whom have been plunged into poverty, unable to heat their homes or even eat. How is this meant to help prepare people for work?
Benefit sanctions must be fought against – say #No2Sanctions
These sanctions are cruel and handed out for ridiculous reasons such as:
- Arriving minutes late to a meeting
- Not applying for jobs when waiting to start a new job!
- Missing an appointment on the day of the funeral of a close family member.
This has to stop
Up and down the country on Thursday 19 March Unite will be protesting against the cruel use of sanctions. Join Unite and take action too.
FOUR ways to get involved
- Join an event near you on Thursday 19 March to stop benefit sanctions in your community.
- Sign the petition calling on the government to stop using sanctions.
- Share your story – Unite is looking for people who have been sanctioned to tell their story.
- We want to show the reality and impact on people’s lives – show your support – share you thoughts and add your support on Twitter and Facebook #No2Sanctions, Like unitetheunion on Facebook.
This Campaigner’s checklist is available from: www.keepournhspublic.com/
- Make sure you and/or your group has signed up to the Keep Our NHS Public statement and you have supplied your contact details to the campaign.
- Invite local groups and organisations to discuss and adopt a resolution supporting the Keep Our NHS Public campaign.
- Circulate the Keep Our NHS Public campaign leaflets and briefing papers to interested groups and individuals in your area.
- Write a letter to your local paper to raise awareness about NHS privatisation.
- Contact your local trade union branches and other groups who might be able help you to campaign locally.
- Hold a public meeting in your area and invite a speaker from the Keep Our NHS Public campaign.
- Use our model letters to write to your MP asking them to raise the issue with ministers, or attend the MP’s surgery in person (they will often take more notice of a personal approach than just a written one).
- Get your MP involved. Encourage others to write to their MP, or to speak to the MP at their surgery.
- If you can’t remember who your MP is, find out (and send an e-mail) by filling in your postcode at www.keepournhspublic.com
- Let the Keep Our NHS Public campaign know what you are doing in your area.
- Attend meetings of local NHS bodies and NHS Scrutiny Committees, not just to collect information but to challenge decision makers.
- Organise a lobby, or even direct action to highlight local issues and concerns.
- Make your campaigning efforts visible. Get to know your local media and try to think of ways to maintain their interest in your campaign.