Following prolonged lobbying from Pat’s Petition, the Labour party has forced a debate on assessing the cumulative impact of changes to benefits on sick and disabled claimants. The debate is taking place on Wednesday 10 July and Pat’s Petition are asking people to urge their MP to attend the debate and vote in favour of the motion.
According to Liam Byrne, shadow Work and Pensions secretary:
"After more than three years in power, it’s time for this Government to finally come clean and tell us exactly what impact their changes will have on the lives of disabled people and their carers.
"So on Wednesday 10 July, Labour will drag Ministers to the House of Commons to debate the changes they have made that affect disabled people, and at about 16:00 we will force a vote to demand a Cumulative Impact Assessment by October 2013 at the latest – and we will be calling on MPs from across the House to support it.
"I am asking supporters to help build pressure on the government in three ways:
· Write to your MP and ask them to back the motion
· Write to your local paper and explain why we urgently need a cumulative impact assessment
"This government is failing to support our disabled people. It’s time for Ministers to come clean, admit where they are getting things wrong and change course.
"It’s time to start making rights a reality for disabled people.
"Here’s the motion in full:
That this House believes that the Government should publish a cumulative impact assessment of the changes made by this Government that affect disabled people (to be published by October 2013).”