Yay! A good thing has happened.
Remember this open letter to Liam Byrne? http://carerwatch.com/reform/?page_id=1188
Well to all those who signed it, there’s good news. Pat of Pat’s Petition contacted me last night to say that Liam Byrne has been in touch and the the Labour Party are getting the issue an Opposition Day Debate in the Commons based around Pat’s Petition. This means the debate will take place in the Chamber at the House of Commons with Ministers and front benchers as well as back benchers.
So fantastic news – Pat’s Petition is moving to Pat’s Debate.
Pat says: “Baubles, Banners and Bagpipes at the ready.” and I agree. It’s about time the Government listened to some of our most vulnerable citizens.
Do follow the link to http://carerwatch.com/reform/ to see how the plans for the debate are progressing.
The debate will probably be some time in January and there’s likely only to be a week’s notice so it’s really important for campaigners to get ready for the debate and make sure all the issues Pat’s Petition has been campaigning on get attention.
The theme of the motion to be debated will be the Pat’s Petition demand that the government Stop! and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families. Campaigners will demand a “Cumulative Impact Assessment”.
Bloggers and tweeters and anyone else with something to say on these issues, here is an opportunity to take action.
The Pat’s Petition team (sadly recently reduced in number due to the death of a fellow campaigner) will need our help to ask MPs to speak in this debate. Campaigning blogposts and letters make for good briefing material, if you blog about this, let @Patspetition know. The team can direct MPs to relevant blogposts to show them the kind of messages we all want to see them put across.
Do get behind this campaign.