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War On Welfare: vote now

29 Nov 2013

A campaign has been launched to challenge recent changes to the disability benefits system. The campaign involves a petition, which may attract the attention of politicians with a view to making things a little fairer

This year has seen some considerable changes to the system that governs disability benefits in the UK. Most of the changes seem to have been confusing at best and downright unfair at worse.

New systems and criteria have been introduced that change what benefit you are entitled to and how you apply for it. There also appear to be some problems with the Work Capability Assessments. Epilepsy Action has heard several reports from people who are simply unable to work – in spite of what their assessment says.

One group has decided to launch a campaign that aims to challenge these changes, which have been unpopular with the vast majority of people affected by them. Part of this campaign is the ‘War On Welfare’ (WOW) Petition.

Fountain pen and petitionThe petition calls for several things. First, a ‘Cumulative Impact Assessment’ of the benefit changes – to show just how much they affect someone’s life. The petition even calls for an open vote on the controversial Welfare Reform Act, aiming to get it repealed altogether.

Second, the petition asks that the Work Capability Assessments are scrapped – a move supported by the British Medical Association. Third, it calls for better support from the Department of Health and the Department for Education to get disabled people into work. Finally, the petition calls for an independent inquiry into welfare reform.

If the petition gathers over 100,000 signatures, it is guaranteed to be looked at in Parliament. For more information, visit the WOW Petition web page.

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