Launch of WOW Petition to end ‘War on Welfare’


9:30 am - December 19th 2012

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by Rick B

Today an ever expanding group of sick and disabled people, carers and families are launching an e-petition that demands an end to the War On Welfare.

We urge you to sign The WOW Petition and convince anyone you can to also sign it. It is spear-headed by the activist, actress and comedian Francesca Martinez.

We need to get 100,000 signatures so we can bring our concerns before the Backbench Business Committee where we can push for concrete action.

Whatever you may wish to believe based on the media you consume, the reality for those affected is a persistently abusive system that is destroying lives. I will say it clearer- people are dying because of government policy. Ask a GP, ask a social worker, ask a legal aid solicitor, ask a benefit rights advisor, the reality on the ground is horrific and worsening abuse and greater loss of life.

So keeping in mind the words of the great Steven Biko: “the most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed”.

We have all fought our own battles to survive and now we ask all people of good conscience to join us in turning back this tide of cruel policy. Please sign the #WOWpetition and support all the disabled activist movements.

There are lives in the balance. Get involved.

THE WOW PETITION
We call for a Cumulative Impact Assessment of Welfare Reform, and a New Deal for sick & disabled people based on their needs, abilities and ambitions

We call for:
A Cumulative Impact Assessment of all cuts and changes affecting sick & disabled people, their families and carers, and a free vote on repeal of the Welfare Reform Act.

An immediate end to the Work Capability Assessment, as voted for by the British Medical Association.

Consultation between the Depts of Health & Education to improve support into work for sick & disabled people, and an end to forced work under threat of sanctions for people on disability benefits.

An Independent, Committee-Based Inquiry into Welfare Reform, covering but not limited to:
(1) Care home admission rises, daycare centres, access to education for people with learning difficulties, universal mental health treatments, Remploy closures;
(2) DWP media links, the ATOS contract, IT implementation of Universal Credit;
(3) Human rights abuses against disabled people, excess claimant deaths & the disregard of medical evidence in decision making by ATOS, DWP & the Tribunal Service.

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1. NoToriesPlease

What’s weird is an inbreeding Tory scumbag (or possibly Delhi rat: http://politicalscrapbook.net/2012/04/right-angle-campaign-facebook/ like Tyler hasn’t commented on this issue.

Have you noticed something – the people who are using arguments against claiming benefits are posting the same thing as if they’re paid somehow per post.

2. NoToriesPlease

DWP Nazis trying to kill more sick people:

http://bit.ly/UgoxPD 


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