The petition calls on Parliament to: “Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families” and can be signed at: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968
If another 50,000 signatures can be found before the end of October – which is a big ask and will take some work – then it could force the cuts to disability benefits to be debated in Parliament. Whilst this is unlikely to change much, it will at the very least nark them off and possibly slow them down a little.
I don’t generally get on with the never ending stream of petitions. A government that is introducing sweeping cuts that are killing sick and disabled claimants as well as forcing children into homelessness and hunger is hardly likely to change because of a petition after all. Government’s need to be forced into making concessions, not asked nicely.
But not everyone can get out on the streets or take part in direct action and there is no question that online campaigning has been effective so far in the struggle against benefit cuts. A diversity of tactics is a good thing.
Signing this petition will at the very least show that despite the endless stream of crap about benefit claimants there is a significant number of people who support the welfare state. And it will get up the Tory’s noses. And it takes 2 minutes. So sign it, share it and tweet it.