Labour leadership front-runner has given his backing to a new WOW petition calling for the government to assess the full impact of all the cuts to support and social care for disabled people.
The original WOW campaign petition calling for a cumulative impact assessment of the cuts to disabled people’s benefits got over 100,000 signatures, 18 months ago. It led to the issue being debated in the House of Commons, but no further action was taken.
The new petition, launched on the government’s e-petition website today has attracted widespread political support.
Jeremy Corbyn , current favourite to win the Labour leadership election, said:
"I backed the last WOW petition and I back this one because we can't stand by and let this Government inflict this scale of hardship and suffering on people with disabilities. It's inhumane."
Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, said:
"This government must not be allowed to get away without accounting for the impact of the continuing attacks on the benefits and services that disabled people are entitled to in a humane, decent society.
"The WOW petition had a big impact last time around, and this 2015 version is entering a new political climate, in which campaigners are getting together to fight against the failed policy of austerity that is making the poor, the disadvantaged and the young pay for the greed and fraud of the bankers, and in which the political winds are clearly, finally, shifting after decades of failed Thatcherite policies from successive governments."
Natalie McGarry MP, the SNP’s spokeswomen for Disabilities, said:
“The SNP backs WOW's campaign calling on the UK Government to conduct a full impact assessment of all cuts to support and social care for disabled people.”
You can sign the new WOW petition here.