Dear All The Welfare Reform Bill is making its way through the final stages in Parliament. The next month provides us with our last real opportunity as a sector to influence the bill and we need to make our next action BIG and LOUD.
A giant Christmas card has been organised by the Hardest Hit campaign group (DBC (Disability Benefits Consortium). The famous cartoonist and illustrator, Gerald Scarfe, is illustrating the card. We have 2 weeks (deadline 6 December) to gather 10,000 signatures before the card is presented to the Government in early December. Please cascade this action out to all volunteer campaigners, members forum representatives and local societies. We are asking each contact we have to gather 10 signatures each to help us reach our target of 10,000 signatures by the beginning of December.
The action is timed for WRB reaching Report Stage in the House of Lords and aims to increase political pressure on the Government by demonstrating mass concern over how disabled people will be affected by proposals within the Welfare Reform Bill, particularly the time-limit on ESA and PIP proposals.
We look forward to seeing the signatures flooding in and will stay in touch to report on progress. Text of the action follows:
"Dear David Cameron and Nick Clegg, While we don't expect gifts this Christmas, we do want our basic rights protected and the support to enable us to live independently and with dignity. Please make the New Year something disabled people can look forward to by: *Not bringing in an arbitrary time-limit on Employment and Support Allowance for those who've paid into the system and still need support. *Making sure that those who rely on Disability Living Allowance continue to receive the financial support they need through Personal Independence Payment"
This is the link to the online action: http://www.e-activist.com/ea-action/widget?widgetId=752
Please do ask each of your contacts to promote this action to ten of their friends/ contacts each. Those signing the card can also leave a short comment if they wish in the card.