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Have you signed Pat’s petition?

This post is a call to action from Disabled People Against the Cuts - to ask people to please sign Pat Onions' e-petition against cuts to benefits and services for people with disabilities this week as protests against Atos continue:

To correspond with our fantastic week of actions against Atos' sponsorship of the Paralympics, we've been asked by Carerwatch and Pat's Petition - two other grassroots campaign groups - to encourage people to promote Pat's petition.

There are already 42,000 signatures on the petition.

Pat will be attending the debate on ATOS and WCA that MP Tom Greatrix has secured for September 4 with her petition.

If you can - please advertise the petition and ask people to sign up to it.

The petition:

Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families.

Responsible department: Department for Work and Pensions

The government were embarking on wholesale reform of the benefit system when the economic crisis struck. These welfare reforms had not been piloted and the plan was to monitor and assess the impact of the new untried approach as it was introduced in a buoyant economy.

Unfortunately, since then, the economy has gone in to crisis and the government has simultaneously embarked on a massive programme of cuts. This has created
a perfect storm and left disabled people/those with ill health, and their carers reeling, confused and afraid.

We ask the government to stop this massive programme of piecemeal change until they can review the impact of all these changes, taken together, on disabled people and their carers.

We ask the government to stand by its duty of care to disabled people and their carers. At the moment the covenant seems to be broken and they do not feel safe.

Illness or disability could affect any one of us at any time, while many more of us are potential carers.

Please sign this petition at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968

For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Atos protest events

See the DPAC site for all the latest updates and links to photos and stories from actions around the country this week.

Video: The Atos Games opening ceremony on Monday 27 August - complete with torch lighting, medal presentations and Atos assessments.




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