OPEN LETTER BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE UNION

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Dear Sir/Madam

We all know in our sound judgement that it is unfair to judge the abilities of one person against another – we are told this when we have children. Each will strive to reach different milestones in their own time. We are told that we shouldn’t worry if one child starts to crawl, walk or talk earlier than another and that we should give all children the time they need to blossom.

One cannot deny Paralympians have worked hard to succeed and overcome many obstacles their disabilities present. They rightly deserve our support and admiration for their achievements. The many hours of hard graft and pain they endure to be able to reach the pinnacle of sporting excellence shows the high level of commitment and drive needed to become the best you can be.

As the Paralympics prepare to get under-way there are many disabled people who fear that the media, and even the government will use this display as an already growing propaganda tool against sick and disabled people claiming benefits.

When you have a private healthcare company at least partly responsible for wrongfully finding sick and disabled people ‘fit-for-work’ sponsoring both the Olympics and Paralympics it is easy to understand why so many disabled people believe the games have a hidden agenda.

How would you react if told you could – if you put your mind to it – run 100 metres in less than 10 seconds just because Usain Bolt can, or compete in a heptathlon just because Jessica Ennis does? Everyone has different capabilities, learning styles and ways of processing information. Some people are good with their hands and others in mental tasks, not everyone is the same or can achieve the same as others. You could train just as hard as Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis but never necessarily reach the same level as they are and never necessarily become a celebrated Olympian.

This is not a defeatist attitude and for the purpose of health and fitness sport can be highly beneficial for everyone but in the wave of national hysteria that has followed the 2012Olympics and will now move on to the Paralympics we must also calm ourselves down a little with a reality check. If you are lucky and work hard you may find that you excel at sport and become our sportsmen and sportswomen of the future but sadly not everyone will achieve these heights no matter how hard they work at it. We all recognise this basic fact of life just as we recognise that not all children will develop in the same way and not all of us can become famous singers.

The whole propaganda machine against benefits claimants and the push by the Tory led government to get as many sick and disabled people off benefits no matter the cost now risks expanding to comparing Paralympians to sick and disabled people claiming benefits. If you are a Paralympian reading this then ask yourself if you would agree with the media and others using your achievements as a tool against sick and disabled people just because they are not fortunate enough to follow in your footsteps?

Some people with disabilities may never find themselves in a position of becoming sportsmen and women. By all means disabled and able-bodied people should be encouraged and assisted to take part in sport but not through the use of cruel propaganda attacking those in receipt of sickness and disability benefits. There are times when I wonder what has happened to the country I grew up in as a child – the country that used to show respect and compassion to all sick and disabled people regardless of ability  – because from what I see on a daily basis that country no longer exists.

We ask that the press and wider media report on these games in such a way that will help tackle the growing prejudice and hatred being shown toward sick and disabled benefit claimants and not use this great event as a propaganda tool against those people.

Hopefully they will pay heed to our request.

SIGNED:

Groups and Organisations and Other Notable Signatures

  1. Steven Preece, Founding Member, Social Welfare Union
  2. Gail Ward, Committee Member, Social Welfare Union
  3. Leon Carter, Committee Member, Social Welfare Union
  4. Adam Lotun, Committee Member, Social Welfare Union
  5. Jacky Barfoot, Committee Member, Social Welfare Union
  6. John McArdle, Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence of Disability Rights
  7. Linda Burnip, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)
  8. Sean McGovern, Unite Executive Disablity Rep/Chair of TUC Disabled
  9. Annie Bishop, Northumberland Disability and Deaf Network
  10. Jean Eveleigh, Democratic Reform Party; Independent Disability Advisor to Social Welfare Union
  11. Tina Hogg, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)
  12. Maurice Frank, Edinburgh Asperger society
  13. Gordon McFadden, Director of Policy, Limbcare
  14. Joy Birdsey, Grain Disabled and Carers, Isle of Grain
  15. Rosemary O’Neill, Founder Member, CarerWatch
  16. Liam Purcell, Church Action on Poverty
  17. Tim J. Larkin, We Are Able
  18. Nessie King, The Isadore Foundation
  19. Pat Onions, Pats Petition
  20. Patricia Gledhill, Midlands ACT now for Autism
  21. Aarron Wiseman, Parent Advocacy
  22. Chris Ledger, Arts & Disability Forum
  23. Rob Kinnon-Brettle, Manchester Liberal Association
  24. Undine Downie, Crossroads Caring Scotland
  25. Paul Clark, Croydon Labour Representation Committee
  26. Kerry Thomas, Tydfil Autism Support Group
  27. Terry Burns, Independent Socialist Network (ISN)
  28. Chris Daly, INCAS (In Care Abuse Survivors)
  29. David Chowcat, Brighton Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)
  30. Sam Downie, Dsoundz Media
  31. Stuart Saunders, Redcar Labour Party
  32. Ian Stuart Warner, Kittiwake Classics
  33. Frankie Dysart, Redhill Coalition Against the Cuts
  34. Paul Smith, Atos Victims Group
  35. Fallyn Spinks, The Liberation Fund
  36. Jon Purdom, Unite Heathrow Liaison Committee
  37. Kim Elkin, Bournemouth Uncut
  38. David Martin, International Human Rights Lawyer, Stoke-on-Trent
  39. Alexandra Singer, Novelist, Tea at the Grand Tazi, Longlisted for Dylan
  40. Fiona Young, Food Standards Agency
  41. Denise Longman MSc, UK Lyme Petition, Southwold
  42. Liz Crow, Roaring Girl Productions
  43. Katherine Gleeson, Dyslexia Group – Increase Awareness and Understanding
  44. P. Duffield, Solidarity Forum
  45. Frances Kidner, The Natural Health Clinic, Bristol

Individual Signatures

  1. Abbigail Clay, Doncaster
  2. Abi Rose, Borehamwood
  3. Adrian Wait, Leicester
  4. Adrianne Sebastian-Scott, London
  5. AJ McKenna, Washington, Tyne and Wear
  6. Alan Rodgers, Consett, CoDurham
  7. Alan Stuart, Medway
  8. Alasdair Craig Lord, Basingstoke, Hampshire
  9. Alayne Krawczyk, Elgin
  10. Alec Middleton, Birmingham
  11. Alex Cox, Bedford
  12. Alex Raimi-Scott, Liverpool
  13. Alexander Andrew, Paisley
  14. Alfreda A. Wood, Poole
  15. Alison Jones, Liverpool
  16. Alison Warner, Great Yarmouth
  17. Allan R Williamson, Manchester
  18. Allen Vincent, Doncaster
  19. Alun Rhys Henry Lewis, Penygroes, Llanelli
  20. Amanda Farley, Basildon
  21. Amanda Sally Bellamy, Ashwater
  22. Andrea Dutton, Leeds
  23. Andrea Williams, Liverpool
  24. Andrea Woodward-Hunt, Melksham
  25. Andrew Bunting, London
  26. Andrew Cottle, Bath
  27. Andrew Douglas, Macclesfield
  28. Andrew Ingram, Benfleet, Essex
  29. Andrew Moore, West Sussex
  30. Andrew Rooney, Milton Keynes
  31. Andrew Scott, Sunderland
  32. Andrew Sweeney, Brighton
  33. Andrew Walker, Berkshire
  34. Andy Bean, Enfield
  35. Andy Horsley, Ulverston
  36. Angela Holt, Blackpool
  37. Angela Topping, Cheshire
  38. Ann Rigby, Totnes
  39. Ann Woods, Liverpool
  40. Anna-Rose Phipps, London
  41. Anne Cryer-Whitehead, Milton Keynes
  42. Anne Dickens, Lancs
  43. Anne Hill, Lancashire
  44. Annette Barclay, London
  45. Annie Cruickshank, Buckfastleigh
  46. Anthony Bird, London
  47. Anthony Boardman, Manchester
  48. Antonia Shepherd, Cardiff
  49. Antony Barton, Chippenham
  50. Antony Devilly, Greater London
  51. Athran De’Janta, Lowestoft
  52. Barbara Hulme, Manchester
  53. Barbara Smith, Wales
  54. Belinda Walker, Dawlish
  55. Betty Barr, Edinburgh
  56. Beverley Rawsthorn, Merseyside
  57. Bill MacLeod, Falkirk
  58. Brian W Whall, Norwich
  59. Carla MacLean, Chester
  60. Caro Lord, London
  61. Carol Ann Taylor, Ellon
  62. Carol Anne Hammond, Wombourne, South Staffordshire
  63. Carole Ann Holmes, Bexhill on Sea
  64. Carole Robinson, Cotehill
  65. Caroline Stuart, Folkestone
  66. Caron Harrison, Stockton-on-Tees
  67. Catherine Chapman, Shrewsbury
  68. Catherine Geldart, Gerrards Cross
  69. Celia A Lawton-Livingstone, Colchester
  70. Celine Lecompte, Cardiff
  71. Charles Gormley, Glasgow
  72. Charley Hasted, London
  73. Chris Fowler, Watford
  74. Chris Rouse, Leeds
  75. Christian Garland, London
  76. Christina Allen, Watford
  77. Christina Cowin, Halton, Cheshire
  78. Christina Smith, Blackwood, Gwent
  79. Christine Anderson, Preston
  80. Christine Hathaway-Coley, Fraserburgh
  81. Christine Margaret McCabe, Cambridge
  82. Christine Redmond, Liverpool
  83. Christopher Dunn, Walsall
  84. Christopher Hoggins, St leonards on Sea
  85. Claire Peach, Caerleon
  86. Claire Spong, High Peak
  87. Clare Conry, Belfast
  88. Clare Hopkins, Hampshire
  89. Colin Day, Brentwood
  90. Colin Dixon, Carlisle
  91. Colin Russell, Raunds, Northamptonshire
  92. Colin Smith, London
  93. Craig Mason, Chesterfield
  94. Craig Williams, Llandudno
  95. Cris H, Isle of Wight
  96. D. Bradley, Newcasle-upon-Tyne
  97. D. Johnson, Dudley
  98. Dale Latimer, Preston
  99. Daniel Tobin, Glasgow
  100. Daniel Wheeler, Bromsgrove
  101. Danielle Heybroek, Manchester
  102. Darran Cotton, Doncaster
  103. Darren Lynch, Basingstoke, Hampshire
  104. Dave Pelbrough, St. Neots, Cambridge
  105. Dave Radley, Woking
  106. Dave Rendle, Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales
  107. Dave Shaw, London
  108. David Bebb, Brighton & Hove
  109. David Birdsall, Stockton On Tees
  110. David Golledge, Arbroath
  111. David Halliday, Dunoon
  112. David Haymes, Chatham
  113. David Judd, Cumbria
  114. David Mccrae, Kilmarnock
  115. David McGarry, Wallasey
  116. David Mullen, London
  117. David Nicholas, Frome
  118. David Shaw, Swindon
  119. David Walsh, London
  120. Dawn Jeffery, Cambridge
  121. Dean Allen, Clwyd, Wales
  122. Dean Taperek, Stoke-On-Trent
  123. Debi Simpson, Tonbridge
  124. Deborah Faulkner, Camberley
  125. Deborah Michelle Clay, Doncaster
  126. Dee Welch, Brighton
  127. Denise Rachel Prideaux, Caerphilly
  128. Dennis Mills, Worcester
  129. Derek Anderson, Edinburgh
  130. Diana Harrison, Lydney
  131. Diana Stone, London
  132. Diane Taylor, Hartlepool
  133. Don Harrison, Cambridge
  134. Donnie McGibbon, Invergordon
  135. Dr. David Knight, Cardiff
  136. Drew Miles, Romford
  137. Dugald Ferguson, Norwich
  138. Ed Salt, Blackpool
  139. Edith Curley, Dumbartonshire
  140. Edward Pink, Stevenage
  141. Eileen Mcenaney, Cumbernauld
  142. Elaine Birch, Sutton Coldfield
  143. Elaine Edwards, Haverfordwest
  144. Elaine Taylor, Shrophire
  145. Elaine Tilby, London
  146. Eleanor Brailsford, Kilmarnock
  147. Elizabeth Millar, Dundee
  148. Elizabeth Moss, Liverpool
  149. Elizabeth Wright, London
  150. Ellen Evans, Swansea
  151. Emily Hetherington, Salford
  152. Emma Cordiner, Buckinghamshire
  153. Emma Fletcher, Manchester
  154. Emma Heskey, Telford
  155. Emma Warrener, Coventry
  156. Eric Knight, St. Albans
  157. Ernest A Johnstone, Durham
  158. Esther Anderson, Dursley
  159. Eugene Lipkin, London
  160. Fran Begley, Bristol
  161. Frazer Mckenzie, Horsham
  162. Gail Loynes, Eastleigh
  163. Gail Norris, Falkirk
  164. Garry Richardson, Blackpool
  165. Gary Martin, Bradford
  166. Gary Wayne Brubaker, Oxford
  167. Gemma Peter, Plymouth
  168. Gemma-Kate Healey, Newport, Gwent
  169. Gen William John Taggart, Wokingham
  170. George Linton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  171. Geraldine Mitchell, Manchester
  172. Gillian Spong, Wantage
  173. Glen Andrew Prince, Chesterfield
  174. Glenn Johnstone, County Durham
  175. Gordon Pye, Lancashire
  176. Graeme Morgan, Hastings
  177. Gram Joel Davies, Taunton
  178. Gwyneth Price, Wales
  179. H. Cooperlary, Huddersfield
  180. Hannah Wynn, Durham
  181. Hayley Golding, Swanley, Kent
  182. Hazel Baker, Burghead
  183. Hazel Borland, Elderslie
  184. Hazel Quinn, Berwick-upon-Tweed
  185. Hazel Stanmore, Bristol
  186. Heather Downs, Rochester
  187. Heather Willis, Great Yarmouth
  188. Heidi Killick, Falmouth
  189. Helen Boylin, Warrington
  190. Helen Duff, Exeter
  191. Helen Kershaw, Liverpool
  192. Helen Rutter, Scarborough
  193. Helen Sims, Bristol
  194. Helen Southwell, Southampton
  195. Hilary Koe, Norwich
  196. Iain Gillingham, Irvine, North Ayrshire
  197. Ian Fell, Welshpool
  198. Ian Foster, Brentford
  199. Ian James Bromelow, Cheltenham
  200. Ian Komosa, Cambridge
  201. Ian Pugh, Shrewsbury
  202. Ian Stewart, Fareham
  203. Ian Wilkinson, Newbiggin By The Sea
  204. Iris Robertson, London
  205. Isobel Waby, Minehead
  206. Ivor Williams, Royal Wootton Bassett
  207. J. Hamilton, Grantham
  208. Jack Selby, Leeds
  209. Jacqueline Holland, Dunkeld
  210. Jacqueline Rust, Sleaford
  211. Jadea Faith, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  212. James Clifford, Bristol
  213. James Moore, UK
  214. James Paul Carr, Felling, Gateshead
  215. James Plummer, Westbury, Wiltshire
  216. Jan McGuigan, Glasgow
  217. Jane Atchison, Bristol
  218. Jane Hamill, Chorley
  219. Janella McCabe, Scotland
  220. Janette Gordon, Lowestoft
  221. Janette Syme, Liverpool
  222. Jason Blackburn, London
  223. Jayne Coombes, Bristol
  224. Jayne Gowland, County Durham
  225. Jayne Linney, Leicester
  226. Jeanette Plester, Coventry
  227. Jeannette Barnes, Weston-Super-Mare
  228. Jeannie Bunt, Selston
  229. Jen Turrall, Ramsgate
  230. Jennifer Beaton, Glasgow
  231. Jennifer Hynes, Lapford
  232. Jennifer Jackson, Edinburgh
  233. Jenny Dent, Harrogate
  234. Jenny Martin, Kings Lynn
  235. Jessica Baxendale, Gorleston
  236. Jessica Easterly Friel, Salford
  237. Jill Fraser, Walkerburn
  238. Jillian Arthur, London
  239. Jim Paterson, Cardiff
  240. Joan Anthony, London
  241. Joanna Gillingham, Irvine, North Ayrshire
  242. Joanna Kelley, Bristol
  243. Joanna Marie Gooch, Norwich
  244. Joanne Baskett, Swindon
  245. Joanne Hayes, Nottinghamshire
  246. Jodie Wye, Cambridge
  247. Joel Kemp, Haverfordwest
  248. Johanna Flanagan, Paisley
  249. John Ashurst, Newcastle
  250. John Brown, Norwich
  251. John Carter, Reading
  252. John DW Macdonald, Dunfermline
  253. John Gilles, Kent
  254. John Halliday, London
  255. John Hill, Lancashire
  256. John Ingamells, Hull
  257. John McNeill, London
  258. John Mcnichol, St. Helier
  259. John Morrow, Gateshead
  260. John Mortimer, High Peak
  261. John Pointon, Lancashire
  262. John Rippon, Bristol
  263. John Short, Isle of Wight
  264. Jon Purkins, Alnwich
  265. Josh Cole, Orpington
  266. Joyce Littlejohn, Inverness
  267. Judith Desrosiers, Cheshire
  268. Judith Pettigrew, Bristol
  269. Julia Blake, Portishead, Bristol
  270. Julia Blalock, London
  271. Julia Iskandar, London
  272. Julia Moore, Maidstone
  273. Julia Warren, London
  274. Julian P Davidson, Truro
  275. Julie Davies, Taunton
  276. Julie Frid, Stone, Staffordshire
  277. Julie Garrett, Leominster
  278. Julie Reppe, Great Yarmouth
  279. Julie Routley, Carmarthen
  280. K. Demeter, Bristol
  281. Karen Gray, Llanilltud Fawr
  282. Karen Johnson, Wolverhampton
  283. Karen Morgan, Blackwood, Gwent
  284. Karen Sanders, London
  285. Kate Thomson, High Peak
  286. Katherine Buffery, Reddish, Stockport
  287. Katherine Gault, Preston
  288. Kathleen Archibald, Carlisle
  289. Kathryn Lloyd, Surrey
  290. Kathy Richards, Swansea
  291. Katie Crowther, Northumberland
  292. Katie Glastonbury, Northiam, East Sussex
  293. Katrina Lawrie, Wigan
  294. Kayla Lowes, Shepton Mallet
  295. Keith Lindsay-Cameron, Peasedown St. John
  296. Kerry Helen Annette, Chichester
  297. Kim Burns, Wombourne
  298. Kimberley Bull, Nottinghamshire
  299. Kirsty Farnfield, Bishop Auckland
  300. Kirsty Rankin, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian
  301. L. Diaper, Cardiff
  302. L. Duddington, Exeter
  303. Laura walker, Sheffield
  304. Lauren Lansdowne, Stanley
  305. Lauretta Peartson, Oakham
  306. Leah Davidson Morgan, St Leonards on Sea
  307. Leah Harrison, Peasedown, St. John
  308. Lee Blanch, London
  309. Lee Kennedy, London
  310. Lee McCartney, Belfast
  311. Lee Nethersole, Wickford
  312. Lesley Ann Gardner, Herefordshire
  313. Lesley Matthews, Bristol
  314. Lesley Paolillo, London
  315. Liam Godden, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire
  316. Linda Gill, Redcar
  317. Linda Murray, Glasgow
  318. Linda Pugh, St. Albans
  319. Linda Stiles, Ipswich
  320. Linda Strickler, Leeds
  321. Lisa Whittaker, Barnsley
  322. Lisbeth Campos, Whitton
  323. Liza van Zyl, Cardiff
  324. Lizzie Gunner, Hampshire
  325. Lorna Wright, Colchester
  326. Lorraine Bell, Lincoln
  327. Louise Fitzsimons, North Lanarkshire
  328. Lucy Sparks, Weston-Super-Mare
  329. Lulu Agate, Cambridge
  330. Lulu Coovadia, Brentford
  331. Lyn Clarke, Enfield
  332. Lyn Phillips, Southampton
  333. Lynda Belfield, New Mills
  334. Lynda Phillips, Mountain Ash
  335. Lynda Rowan, Walsall
  336. Lynn Pearson, Ashton-under-Lyne
  337. Lynne Smith, Northumberland
  338. Lynne Valentine, Gateshead
  339. M C Thomson, Fife
  340. M H T Cairns, St Andrews
  341. M.Payne, Chester
  342. Maggie Allen, Bridgend
  343. Maggie West, Truro
  344. Mandy Hunwicks, Plymouth
  345. Mandy Webb, Portsmouth
  346. Mara Selle, London
  347. Marcus David Davies, Manchester
  348. Margaret Lindsay, Glasgow
  349. Margaret Smith, Dundee
  350. Margot K Juby, Cottingham
  351. Marie Page, Southampton
  352. Marilyn Ryan, Stoke-on-Trent
  353. Marina Dignan, Blackpool
  354. Marina Gray, Dumbarton
  355. Marion Ring, Beverly
  356. Mark Binns, Stockport
  357. Mark Bolland, Port Glasgow
  358. Mark Burnhope, Bournemouth
  359. Mark Smith, North Somerset
  360. Mark Whalley, March, Cambridgeshire
  361. Martin Arnold, Bristol
  362. Martin Coupe, Hucknall , Nottingham
  363. Martin Wilsher, Ipswich
  364. Martine Dellard, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
  365. Mary Brett, Manchester
  366. Mary Lloyd, Southampton
  367. Mary Nightingale, Rotherham
  368. Mary Stuart, Chatham
  369. Mary-Ellen, London
  370. Marylin Fallon, Dorset
  371. Matt Cole, Hereford
  372. Matt Holland, Liverpool
  373. Matthew Carnie, Edinburgh
  374. Maureen Lindsay, Keighley
  375. Maureen Wright, Hatfield
  376. Max Wootton, Leeds
  377. May McGrath, Nottinghamshire
  378. Meg Selby, Leeds
  379. Melanie Lloyd, Swansea
  380. Melanie Mckeown, Newry
  381. Melita Bray, Camborne
  382. Mia Mantri, Durham
  383. Michael Anthony Caics, Carlisle
  384. Michael Atkinson, Edinburgh
  385. Michael Gray, New Barnet
  386. Michele Owens, Edinburgh
  387. Michelle Brearley, Maplethorpe
  388. Michelle Elizabeth Wilkinson, Grantham
  389. Michelle Mackenzie, Dundee
  390. Michelle Maher, Brighton
  391. Michelle Norton, Manchester
  392. Mike Bryceland, Southend
  393. Mike Caics, Carlisle
  394. Monique Cole, Orpington
  395. Naomi Langford, Malton, North Yorkshire
  396. Neil Anderson, Machynlleth
  397. Neill Clark, Renfrew
  398. Nicholas McAtamney, Belfast
  399. Nicholette Lippiatt, Edinburgh
  400. Nick Headland, Mulbarton
  401. Nicky Hamilton-Smith, London
  402. Nicola Clubb, Bournemouth
  403. Nicola Jones, Brecon
  404. Nicola Reed, Bournemouth
  405. Nicola Zussman, SE England
  406. Nigel Winborne, London
  407. Nile Nugnez, London
  408. Noel Lyle-Stirling, Southampton
  409. Norma Anderson, Elgin, Moray
  410. Olivia Short, Skelmersdale
  411. Olly Jone, Chatham
  412. Owen Meharry, Glasgow
  413. P. J. Davis, Staines
  414. P. Pelfrey, London
  415. Pam Long, Cumbria
  416. Pamela Griffin, Worcester
  417. Pamela Marshall, Lowestoft
  418. Pamela Pearson, Holywell
  419. Patrick Brett, St.Just Cornwall
  420. Paul Berry, Bournemouth
  421. Paul Gadsden, Ruislip
  422. Paul Goodman, Corby
  423. Paul Maybury, Dawlish
  424. Paul McMillan, Belfast
  425. Paul Phillips, Isleworth
  426. Paul Rathbone, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  427. Paula Peters, Orpington
  428. Peter Hunter, Southampton
  429. Peter Kemp, Teddington
  430. Peter Nicholls, Stoke-on-Trent
  431. Peter Smith, Canterbury
  432. Peter Wild, Leigh
  433. Phil Coleman, Manchester
  434. Phil Cox, Birstall, Leicester, Leicestershire
  435. Phil Reynolds, London
  436. Philip Laidlaw, Newcastle
  437. Phillip Baldwin, Maidstone
  438. Rachael Lloyd, Preston
  439. Rachel Gallagher, Bingley, West Yorkshire
  440. Rachel Ransom, Tattershal
  441. Rachel Tottman, Folkestone
  442. Ray Campbell, London
  443. Rebecca Hazlehurst, Bristol
  444. Rebecca Norton, Bradford
  445. Rebecca Short, Penryn
  446. Rhiannon Griffiths, Haverfordwest
  447. Richard Allardice, Edinburgh
  448. Richard Boorman, Maidstone
  449. Richard Evans, Swansea
  450. Richard Jarvis, London
  451. Richard Wood, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  452. Rita Mead, Penarth
  453. Rob Kelly, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  454. Rob Marsh, Penarth
  455. Rob Menzies, Christ Church, Dorset
  456. Rob Wills, Bath
  457. Robert Craig, Luton
  458. Robert Dunn, Manchester
  459. Robert Ellard, Kent
  460. Robert Jones, Ventnor, Isle of Wight
  461. Robert Turner, Gateshead
  462. Robin Kinrade, Maidston
  463. Robin Thompson, Bradford
  464. Roderick Millard, Trowbridge
  465. Roger Dudley, Camborne
  466. Romi Patel, London
  467. Rory Kelvin Niles, Southampton
  468. Rosalind Brewer, Bracknell, Berkshire
  469. Rosena McKeown, Glasgow
  470. Rosie Phillips-Leaver, Newhaven
  471. Ross Allan, Glasgow
  472. Ross Campbell, Braintree, Essex
  473. Roy McCabe, Newport
  474. Ruthie Collins, Brookwood
  475. S. Taylor, Consett
  476. Sally Burton, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  477. Sam Lee, Bath
  478. Sandra Mary Parrish, Croydon
  479. Sandra Noble, Sunderland
  480. Sandra Verrinder, Haywards Heath, West Sussex
  481. Sarah Betton, Lytham ST. Annes
  482. Sarah Harding-Roberts, Cardiff
  483. Sarah Nicholson, Liverpool
  484. Sharon Borthwick, London
  485. Sharon Devaney, Wolverhampton
  486. Sharon Gallagher, Newbury
  487. Sharon Morgan, Newtown
  488. Sharon Simpson, York
  489. Sharon Vincent, Oxfordshire
  490. Sharon Walters, Walsall
  491. Sharona Freeman, Smethwick
  492. Sharron Gray, Motherwell
  493. Sheila Dawn Robins, Gwent, South Wales
  494. Sheila Howells, Derby
  495. Shelley Wilson, Poole
  496. Simon Deane, London
  497. Simone Meiszner, Kent
  498. Soo Rayner, Kent
  499. Sophie Epton, Ruddington, Nottingham
  500. Sophie Payling, Leeds
  501. Sophie Van Den Oever, Kent
  502. Stella Harding, Conwy
  503. Stella Worton, Middlesbrough
  504. Stephanie King, London
  505. Stephanie Offer, Croydon
  506. Stephen John Smit, Rosemarkie
  507. Stephen Jones, Rhyl
  508. Stephen Lintott, Cambridge
  509. Steve Davies, Bodmin
  510. Steve Duffy, Conwy
  511. Steve Thomas, West Yorkshire
  512. Steven Diack, Burnham-on-Crouch
  513. Stu Baker, Ipswich
  514. Stuart Cullimore, Camborne
  515. Sue Rogers, Beckenham, Kent
  516. Sue Taylor, Kingston, Surrey
  517. Sue Taylor, Stockport
  518. Sue Walker, Bristol
  519. Susan Blair-Jordan, Essex
  520. Susan Butler, Radstock
  521. Susan Campen, Braintree
  522. Susan Eriksson, Farnborough
  523. Susan Evans, Swansea
  524. Susan Francis, Barnsley
  525. Susan Glass, Omagh, Co. Tyrone
  526. Susan Hanrahan, Liverpool
  527. Susan Smith, Walsall
  528. Susan Stead, Cheltenham
  529. Susan Webb, Folkestone
  530. Susanne Masson, London
  531. Sylvia Best, Sidcup
  532. T. Reid, Bedfordshire
  533. Tabitha Mclaughlin, Bath
  534. Talis Fairbourn, Swindon
  535. Talitha Brown, Edinburgh
  536. Tara Allan, Edinburgh
  537. Teddy Mcnabb, Northampton
  538. Terence Crago, UK
  539. Teresa Cook, Basingst0ke
  540. Terry Francis, Broxbourne
  541. Tessa May Bowater, Newcastle Upon Tyne
  542. Thomas Turner, London
  543. Tim Gatty, Southend on Sea
  544. Tina Szafran, Thirsk, North Yorkshire
  545. Tom Read, Norwich
  546. Tom Stratton, Wakefield
  547. Tony Gurney, Barnehurst
  548. Tony Hough, Luton
  549. Tracey Vulgar, Hampshire
  550. Tracy A J Smith, Runcorn, Cheshire
  551. Tracy Newman, Worcester
  552. Trev Fairminer, Loughborough
  553. Trevor Gordon, London
  554. Trevor Pyne, Wandsworth
  555. Tricia Dickson, Dundee
  556. Tricia Williams, Rotherham
  557. Vanessa Haley, Huddersfield
  558. Vic Parkin, Stockport
  559. Vicky Horvat, Cambridge
  560. Vicky Williams, Liverpool
  561. Victoria Halliday, East London
  562. Victoria Lister, Yately
  563. Victoria Owen, Port Talbot
  564. Virginia Moffatt, Oxford
  565. Wendy Kennett, Twickenham, Middlesex
  566. Wendy MacKenzie, Burnley
  567. Will Beattie, Colchester
  568. William Alan Mcvicar, Luton
  569. William Nicol, Glasgow
  570. William Robert Cocks, Swindon
  571. Yvette Broadhurst, Wolverhampton
  572. Yvonne Adams, London
  573. Yvonne Bolton, Preston
  574. Yvonne Downer, Torquay
  575. Zhiv Agbah, Leeds
  576. Zoo Scott, South Lanarkshire

MY THANKS !!

SWU News: The Social Welfare Union has established new ‘steering group’ management committee to work on policy and constitution areas etc.

Steven Preece who has been a tireless campaigner with social welfare  for a long while and was the creator of the Social Welfare Union (SWU) website and Facebook pages wanted to expand his venture around the UK so as to have a greater impact and reach even more people who were facing great difficulty under the Govt welfare reforms, however it was not possible for him to do this alone so set about recruiting people with a similar background to set up a steering group to work on policy and constitution areas etc.

I was kindly asked along with a few others around the UK so I have used my blog to say a big Thank You Steven as we can now go forth and multiply and really reach out to those that need a helping hand as well as campaigning to bring justice to the many who are suffering under this Govt brutal regime.

Many People will be affected by these welfare reforms and it is a misconception that just the ill and disabled citizens will be affected, that is far from it even the working class will suffer the same fate under child tax credit, working tax credit, income support and many other benefits indeed it is going to get a whole lot worse come 2013 so Steven was right to bring more people into his welfare union because the Govt is wrong and totally on the wrong path because a return to a growing economy needs all citizens included and not just the chosen few.

GP’s must do more to support Disabled Persons with Disability Benefit Claims.

Like us disabled persons most GP’s are stuck between a rock and a hard place in offering support with disability benefit claims on the grounds of disability this is no doubt due to pressure from the GOVT, DWP and ATOS plus a fear of there GMC licence to practice being at threat.

This is clearly wrong no GP should have to fear for the lose of there registration for helping a claimant claim what is rightfully a just entitlement.

The BMA and LMC’S have made there stance on such matters of the WCA very clear and have thus vetoed it in it’s current form however many GP,s are probably not aware of these latest events due to the eminence pressure they are already under so we must take it to them and write setting out quiet clearly why they must support disability benefits claimants.

To that end I have prepared a letter below which I will be hand delivering to my medical practice, anyone who reads my blog is more than welcome to copy and paste my letter and edit to suit there circumstances then use to imform there GP.

Letter Below:

Dear Dr …..,

I write to you today requiring your support, as you may know on the 22nd and 23rd May 2012 at the LMC Conference in Liverpool the Hampshire and Isle of Wight LMC along with the Scottish LMC carried a motion that the BMA should veto the DWP work capability Assessment (WCA) in totality this motion was carried and voted on unanimously.

I am sure that you understand that this WCA is unfit for purpose and falls hard on the most vulnerable in society and the coalition Govt has totally failed the genuinely disabled persons in our society I ask the question just what has become of our country a nation that ranks in the top 10 of wealth and can afford to look after our most vulnerable citizens and treat them with respect and compassion.

I am not sure if you are aware but two persons who must remain anonymous by order of the Judge has brought a Judicial Review (JR) in the high court this JR has been granted to be heard on a date to be confirmed and centres around the WCA and persons with mental health conditions as they were totally ignored when the ESA 50 form and it’s descriptors were written and released.

I hope that this court case is won as it will open the door for a further JR to be brought to scrape it in its current form and force the Govt to rewrite it so it relates to all with mental and physical health conditions.

You may also be aware of two TV documentaries on the BBC and CH4 recently that were shown back to back one of which had an undercover GP at ATOS Healthcare and these assessments were described as TOXIC by one ATOS healthcare Trainer, I watched these as part of my research and could not believe what I was seeing clearly this cannot go on.

I do not need to remind you of your duties under your GMC registration but suffice to say there is much that GP, s can do to end this farcical nonsense and it is now time that all GP’s stood fast with their patients and as per the BMA vote and helped them in every way they can as GP’s are well aware of who the genuine cases for disability benefits support are.

I hear of many cases in my disability research of were GP’s are not supportive because they say ATOS/DWP walk all over them and do not take medical evidence sent into consideration, this must stop and GP’s must reunite as they all now have the backing of the BMA and many colleges so their registrations are not under threat. I do understand how hard it must be for the medical profession in these matters; however it can be 10 fold for our most vulnerable citizens who need to be supported. This neither the medical profession or our Govt see as it happens in the household the majority of the time.

What the Govt, DWP and ATOS are doing is law breaking and it goes against the EHRC and especially Article 27, how can this be allowed to happen?

I am well aware that GP’s as a whole do a good job, but the truth is many are simply too busy to keep track of what is happening in the world of disability and benefits especially now the NHS is under greater attack from this Govt., However what we see and hear here is a situation that strikes right at the heart of many families and thus has a greater impact on how they manage and cope with daily living.

Ian Duncan Smith MP and Chris Grayling MP simply think everyone is a prime target for work and thus there is no such thing as a disability and if there was they should offer a pay cut to gain employment that is nothing short of draconian and far from reality the truth is no employer would take on someone with a disability over an able bodied person as it quite simply does not fit in with their ideal of business I know as I have been in that situation and asked the questions.

We live in a world where profit and money is king and disability and profit do not go hand in hand that is the stark reality and one that I have accepted and instead go down a path of work in the voluntary sector that suits me as I am with a section of society that understands and thus can make allowances.

I am on Incapacity Benefit and am just one of many citizens that is facing the cuts under the Govt welfare reform, welfare reform by the way is a term I would not chose to use as what we have here is the biggest threat to welfare in 60 years and thus it is affecting many hard far harder than any Govt is prepared to reveal

Dr Allen I worked for 17 yrs in manual labour jobs post SAH Stroke and it just got too much to bear as the spasticity pain was too great I had to make a choice as to whether carry on and shorten my life span or leave and seek other avenues that were not such a burden on my body, however my employer got there first and made me redundant in September 2007 not a good time at the start of the first recession so I felt it was a good time to enter the voluntary sector and claim Incapacity Benefit this works for me very well and it is where I feel most happy.

It now seems that this cannot continue as I am being verbally bullied by the DWP and no doubt shortly by ATOS as I am awaiting the dreaded WCA the DWP have already sanctioned me once and stopped my Incapacity Benefit due to me not returning the form within their draconian time limit of 30 days I did manage to get it reinstated by writing to them but it should not have happened anyway due to Mental Health issues and in particular poor Executive Function. That letter is enclosed for you to attach to my medical records.

I am formally asking you for your full support in my endeavours to seek rightful and just justice as I am not a benefit scrounger as the Govt perceive and have real health conditions both physical and mental that entitles me to the support they offer and are trying their hardest to cut because only then can I be at harmony with myself and my loving family.

All this stress and worry is taking up too much of my time that could be better spent helping others more than I do now.

Shortly I will be applying for copies of my medical records so I would be grateful if your practice manager could assist with that and I also ask if you could provide a medical statement detailing my stroke and urology conditions so that I can forward it to the Dept of Work and Pensions.

I apologize for the long letter but felt it had to be said

Yours Sincerely