Jan 032013

wowpetition122Disabled people and supporters have launched a petition calling for an end to the War on Welfare being waged by their own government.

The Welfare budget, and particularly benefits going to disabled people, has been heavily and unfairly targeted for cuts. It is said we can no longer afford the current welfare state. In reality however, as a percentage of GDP, the welfare budget is now lower than it was at any time during the eighties. While at the same time the combined wealth of Britain’s 1,000 richest people increased by almost 5% to over £414bn.

In order to resist the government’s cruel and failing welfare policies, disabled people, together with their carers, families and friends, have combined using social media to produce the #WOWpetition. This calls for an end to the War on Welfare. Spearheaded by actress and comedian Francesca Martinez the WOW petition aims to get 100,000 signatures to end this War On Welfare by the government. We will be calling for a Cumulative Impact Assessment, an independent inquiry and if necessary, the repeal of the Welfare Reform Act of 2012.

We believe that every single person in the country has a reason to resist the War on Welfare. Any one of us could have need of the Welfare State at any time.

The ‘Greatest Generation’ fought WWII believing they had secured this safety net for themselves, their children and generations to come. Don’t let it go without a fight! We owe it to them. We owe it to ourselves to ensure a decent and dignified life for all, and to provide security for all our futures. The deaths of disabled people linked to the Welfare Reform Act and the Work Capability Assessment administered on behalf of the Government by the private corporation Atos are reported in the press with alarming regularity. We believe that in any humane society the Government would want to know if one of their flagship policies was in any way responsible for a ‘slow genocide’ of disabled people.

Please join Francesca and the WOW campaign in resisting the deaths and unnecessary suffering being caused:

Sign wowpetition.com


For more information please contact: info@wowpetition.com

Watch Francesca Martinez’s outstanding performance on Newsnight during DPAC and UK Uncut’s Atos games in August:



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  3 Responses to “Join Francesca Martinez And The WOW Petition Campaign”

  1. Wonderful Idea you have my support

  2. Hi, I emailed the following to approx 70 people, all of whom I thought would sign the petition. To my horror, and amazement, I have had only 1 reply to confirm that she and her husband have signed the petition. After the debate yesterday in Parliament re the 1% freeze on many benefits, for the next 3 years, I watched Newsnight, and was encouraged that, for the first time, there seemed to be real concern expressed by the interviewer, as to how the disabled are being treated. With this in mind, it may well be uppermost in lots of people’s minds in the next 24 hours, so I ask that you send the message below, to all on your email, Facebook, Twitter etc – Thanks (and keep fighting, and believing):

    ‘I am aware that many people I email have various political views. I am also aware that this Coalition Government has chosen to tackle the deficit by austerity measures. There is an increasing outcry amongst disabled and sick people, their relatives and friends, as to how they are being treated. I urge you to read the petiton below, and to consider not only signing it, but to send it on to your colleagues, friends and relatives. Pl sign at ‘wow.petition.com’. (One final point, for info, since 1979, the fraud rate for people receiving disability benefits has never been higher than 0.5%; the current rate is 0.3%. There are approx 34 million people of working age in Britain, of which about 7% receive disability benefits – approx 3 million – the 0.3% fraud figure means approx 90,000 are commiting fraud ((this is 90,000 too many)), but it also means approx 2.9 million of the 3 million receiving disability benefits do not commit fraud) Thanks – Joe

    We call for a Cumulative Impact Assessment of Welfare Reform, and a New Deal for sick & disabled people based on their needs, abilities and ambitions

    Responsible department: Department for Work and Pensions
    We call for:
    A Cumulative Impact Assessment of all cuts and changes affecting sick & disabled people, their families and carers, and a free vote on repeal of the Welfare Reform Act.
    An immediate end to the Work Capability Assessment, as voted for by the British Medical Association.
    Consultation between the Depts of Health & Education to improve support into work for sick & disabled people, and an end to forced work under threat of sanctions for people on disability benefits.
    An Independent, Committee-Based Inquiry into Welfare Reform, covering but not limited to: (1) Care home admission rises, daycare centres, access to education for people with learning difficulties, universal mental health treatments, Remploy closures; (2) DWP media links, the ATOS contract, IT implementation of Universal Credit; (3) Human rights abuses against disabled people, excess claimant deaths & the disregard of medical evidence in decision making by ATOS, DWP & the Tribunal Service’.

  3. An excellent petition!

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