Attacks on benefits and services are nothing new, but the situation has now become a crisis, as the latest vote in the House of Lords (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/15900 ) illustrates. But now is not the time to give up.
The voices of people with sickness and disability are so often fragmented and discounted, but for once people are trying to get together and speak with one voice so that the government has to listen.
An e-petition on the Government's portal has been started by Pat Onions. It calls for a halt to, and review, of the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families.
Pat is blind and also a carer for her disabled husband. The petition needs to get 100,000 signatures in order to make the government debate the issue. It is urgent because as you know the Welfare Reform Bill is already in the late stages of Parliament, and will soon become law.
We are in reaching distance of the target, but need your support - please, if you care, sign today.
* Read and sign the e-petition here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968 
© Karen McAndrew lives personally with issues of illness and disability, and is researching and campaigning against policies and cuts that inflict damage on human communities. She is the author of 'Betraying disabled people and welfare' (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/14675 ), a research essay published by Ekklesia in May 2011.