A campaign to stop the abolition of Disability Living Allowance - the measure of civilised society.
DLA is by the DWP's own admission at least 20% under claimed and maybe as much as 40%. It is subject to a misinformation campaign by the Condems and their allies in the gutter press. Its abolition and replacement is nothing but a cost cutting exercise by the Condems and will cause huge suffering to disabled people and their carers. The abolition for DLA for those in care homes is positively cruel and should be opposed by everyone with a social conscience.
I'm beginning to lose interest in this site as it seems they will fly enthusiastically into any campaign that's easy to gain support for but shy away from benefits campaigns as they only affect the poorest and most vulnerable in society, with the Tory rhetoric about 'scroungers and the feckless poor' we aren't that popular at the moment. To place badgers above the disabled just shows me where their priorities lie. Populist rubbish!
Jon Leighton commented
I have Multiple Myeloma which has just started to rear its ugly head again. I wish I could take part in a protest but I cannot. The government are banking on this so that little protest will be evident. Come on 38 degrees. Please put your weight behind this.
Yes Vanessa. I only meant for those who can march. At least it could be a way of raising awareness. Sounds like you have your hands full. All the best
Linda Jones, not everyone has the option of joining a march. I'm a carer to 3 special needs children and have some disabilities myself (but do not get any DLA for myself just my kids) and I never can get to any marches.
@anthony I agree with you 100%
tony frost commented
Agreed. Also to stop offering incentives to the likes of ATOS to FAIL people.
Couldn't agree more. Hope it is possible.
Dear Linda Jones
It is also important that someone with the time and resources can look into this matter in it's entirety to bring about civil or some form of legal action against this Government for what has happend to the most vulneable in society and the way in which it has happenen bcause this cannot be right in anyones mind..
38 degree's would be the right organization/group to know how to do this and raise the funds required through donations if that is required.
This matter cannot go unchalleged because it is so evil and this type of deceit if not challenged will allow Arrogant Cameron and his Mob to do it again and again because they have got away with it once on such a big scale.
These people need to be Legally protected and soon !
Yes. Anthony. I saw the same programme. He also pledged at another time not to change DLA.
I think disabled people should march in November with the TUC.
Ref: Linda Jones
Thats an idea but I understand that the Liberal Democrats are going to challenge the Tories on same of these issues but I am not sure which ones. I am rather suspicious that the Liberal Democrats have left it so long and to late so I suspect that they may just be putting up a show to deceive us into believing that they are not so bad but the bottom line is that Nick Clegg cannot be trusted and he is obviously very close and attached to David Cameron now.
I personally think that David Cameron has a case to answer under the grounds of Fraud because during he election campaign live television during the Final Elecroral Debate Live 2010 David Cameron said that a country/government is judged upon how it cares for it's most vulnerable in society in good time as well as bad timse. He then pledged/promised that if you are Sick, Disabled, Frail, Vulnerable or the POOREST in society you have nothing to FEAR if he (David Cameron) becomes prime-minister bcause he would protect that group of vulnerable people in society.
David Cameron clearly had no intention before, during and after the election campaign to protect the most vulnerable in society because he has done the complete opposit to what he promised. In fact David Cameron used the most vulnerable in society to appear caring and compassionate and a man that understood what it was like for famlies that had to live with disabilities within he family.
Just how despicable and evil is that to use the most vulnerable in society to gain votes.
Did you know to lie for gain is faud. In this case David Cameron lied to gain votes. This is fraud, pure and simple and David Cameron should be held legally accountable for such despicable lies. David Cameron should be forced to reverse the damage that he has created and make good his election campaign promises/pledges by a court of law if needed.
What I am suggesting is that someone possibly 38 Degrees looks into all the legalities of this matter in it's entirety bcause what David Cameron and others have done is not right. It is also morally wicked/evil especially when you consider that we are supposed to be living in a civilized society.
What 38 Degrees should do is raise money for legal advise like they have done with the National Health Service fightback which was yet another one of David Camerons secret agenda's and lies.
I would be more than happy to chip into a legal fund to help this cause to wipe that arrogant, evil smile of Mr Evil Cameron's face.
The bottom line is that to lie for gain is fraud and Cameron should not get away with it especially when it concerns slaughtering the most vulnerable in society that he promised to protect. This level of deceit cannot go unchallenged.
Agree Anthony but how? Could we as disabled people join the TUC protesters in November. Worth a thought.
Yes Mary. I am aware that ATOS is easy pickings for doctors. It is still a pity that so many docs are willing to sell their soul for cash. They trained to help the sick and disabled.
Deliver the sick and disabled from this evil !
Deliver the sick and disabled from this evil !
Linda - For a doctor it's easy desk job. They're all failed NHS rejects.
I would imagine, Steve, that ATOS people take no notice of GP's and other specialists because ATOS is there purely to get people off disability benefits
Anyone on disability benefit will know that the existing system requires a GP and an independent specialist recommendation before you qualify for DLA. Rigorous testing is already in place. ATOS is not about rigorous and reliable testing its about cuts. It's a shame that some doctors are queuing up to work for them.
Steve Bilton commented
The abolition of DLA was and is inevitable and is something I have feared for years. I am disabled but because I don't bleed, or have obvious signs I will be one of those put under pressure when the new medical reviews come in. Why is it that ATOS the people who do these reviews take absolutely no notice of the information provided by GP's and specialists when making their decisions? All they do is tick boxes next to statements that 'they' think is closest to what they are seeing on that day at that moment in time. I would much prefer to keep DLA and at the risk of spouting cliches, it's better the devil you know and the lesser of two evils. The point about the 5000 votes being lost.... If they aren't reinstated (unlikely) then we should be able to start a new petition and do it again when, inevitably, the subject is raised in parliament once more. You do good work 38 degrees, but you dropped the ball this time.
Couldn't agree more. Dont understand why the 5000 votes cannot be reinstated.
Not a good thing for the inner sanctum of 38 degrees to pick and choose which campaigns to support. Starts looking undemocratic and with a hidden agend.
But You Look Alright commented
It seems that 38 degrees cares more about badgers than disabled people. Just a reminde: democracy is when the most people vote for something then that is what happens. After "accidently" losing the 5000 votes on the previous petition which ranked No.1 and now another nearly 3000 on the repeat suggestion, why are 38 degrees ignoring this? I love badgers but surely to God the desperately sick and disabled come first?
I lost faith when the previous votes for DLA were lost, and they did could surely have just readjusted the figures to take into account the ones that someone had wiped clean. Does anyone know if they have been reinstated.