Email or write to your MP and ministers at DWP
October 10, 2010
PLEASE SEND THIS WEEK BEFORE THE SPENDING REVIEW ANNOUNCEMENTS ON OCTOBER 20th.
Send also to
Ministers at Department for Work and Pensions Caxton House, Tothill Street London SW1 9DA or email@example.com
House of Commons,
Dear NAME OF MP/ MINIISTER
(As one of your constituents) I am concerned about the cuts to disability benefits, cuts to housing benefits and cuts to general benefits and the activities of ATOS
This affects me because I am disabled/ support disabled people
The cuts to benefits will affect the already poor living circumstances of many disabled people. The National Equality Panel report (Jan 2010) found that three quarters of disabled people live in poverty, ten percent live below the poverty line with some trying to live on less than 31 pounds per week. The cuts to housing benefit, tax credits and rises in VAT will impact severely on disabled people and all on low incomes.
In addition the wholesale reassessment of disability benefits adds to the fear of many. ATOS have been severely criticized for their practices and many see the target driven company as failing. Seventy per cent of their refusal decisions are being overturned at appeal (UKDPC 2010).
I am also aware of a number of suicides by disabled people who fear that they will be unable to manage under the new rules imposed by the emergency budget of June 22nd. These cuts will kill more people.
Please could you let me know your thoughts on these issues and raise these issues in the commons?
Please sign Bob Russell’s Early Day motion 706 ‘Spending Cuts and Disabled People.’
An Anatomy of Inequality in the UK (2010) National Equality Panel
Response to WCA Consultation (2010) UKDPC
Find your MP at www.parliament.uk scroll to bottom of page and put in postcode.
Early Day Motion
SPENDING CUTS AND DISABLED PEOPLE
That this House welcomes the Coalition Government’s commitment to ensuring that the public spending cuts will be fair; is concerned that the Government has not adequately assessed the impact that spending cuts will have on disabled people and their families; notes that nearly a quarter of individuals in families with at least one disabled member live in relative income poverty; further notes that only 50 per cent. of disabled people are in paid employment; recognises that millions of disabled people rely on state financial support to help meet their social care needs and the extra living costs associated with their impairment; seeks assurances that the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review proposals will be subject to a robust disability impact assessment; and urges the Government to take steps to ensure that spending cuts will not further compound poverty and social exclusion experienced by disabled people.