Welfare Petitions: Priorities

by richardhutton

The Change.Org Petition for Iain Duncan Smith to “prove his claim of being able to live on £7.57 a day, or £53 a week” is currently one of the fastest growing petitions on record: at present it has 75,000+ signatures in one day.

Here is another 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”.


This is more important: to date it’s recieved less than 30,000 signatures.

Please sign the petition itself here. For more on the history of the petition and its creators, see WoWPetition’s website.