What are e-petitions?
“e-petitions are an easy, personal way for you to influence government and Parliament in the UK. You can create an e-petition about anything that the government is responsible for and if it gets at least 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in the House of Commons.”
Below are a selection of e-petitions on the HM Government website that I support and have signed. I ask that you visit them and consider putting your name to these important causes.
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- “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” Created by Francesca Martinez. 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.
- “Shortfalls To Care Funding and Related Issues” Created by Elizabeth Martin. Care for vulnerable adults and children are of immense importance and should rate high on government expenditure to allow local councils to fund this care. There have been recent cuts to funding and i feel this will increase. I refer to the following groups who require funding to secure nursing and social care in the community.
1)special needs children & adults (including disability & mental illness)
2)children and adults suffering chronic and end of life conditions
3)the elderly and frail (including those with dementia)
- “Exclude Vulnerable Severe & Enduring Mental Health Sufferers from DLA Assessments in 2013” Created by Lynn Blackmore. “This vulnerable group will be hugely disadvantaged and won’t have a voice to represent themselves at the assessment, yet they can come across as well to a person who does not know them, many believe they are not ill, which disadvantages them further!”
- “Stop the Abolition of Disability Living Allowance for Personal Independence Payments” Created by Michael Moulding. “The government intends to abolish Disability Living Allowance and replace it with Personal Independence Payments. We feel the government is doing this because it is clear by awarding the contract to assess Personal Independence Payments to ATOS, it is a means to make savage cuts welfare to the most vulnerable in society.”
- “Repeal the Welfare Reform Act 2012” We want Parliament to repeal the Welfare Reform Act of 2012. The Act vindictively targets all benefit claimants disproportionately causing millions of people financial hardship, poverty and at risk of starvation and homelessness. The Bedroom Tax, the abolition of Disability Living Allowance, changes to Social Fund, ending of Council Tax Benefit, draconian sanctions on those deemed to have not actively sought work and more are all measures that have and will cause severe hardship. The Act, in particularly targets sick and disabled people causing them immense hardship and unnecessary suffering.
“Mid-life male photographer meets young, nubile female student-cum-artistic muse – so far it’s old hat. But photographer turned playwright Christopher John Ball and co-writer Dean Sipling, whose background is film and television, bring the pairing into a thoroughly contemporary world of intercepted emails, sinister insinuation and sharp retorts. Their ‘guilty until proved innocent’ plot … is thoroughly watchable and believable – perhaps as a result of Ball’s professional insights and DS Dom Lucas’ services as police advisor to the production” Barbara Lewis – The Stage