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Ekklesia is pleased to support the following e-government petition (http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/43154), tabled by Francesca Martinez and WOW (War on Welfare) disability campaigners, calling for a cumulative impact assessment of Welfare Reform and a new deal for disabled people. The wording is as follows. Supporters can click the link below to sign.
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
Responsible department: Department for Work and Pensions
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 and 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.
To sign, click here (links through to official HMG govdirect petition website): https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/43154/signature/newTweet