Petition to Theresa May MP
Theresa May - Protect our Elderly, Disabled and Vulnerable #Budget2017 is a disgrace!
"After six years of unprecedented budget reductions, the number of people aged over 65 accessing publicly funded social care has fallen by 26 percent. This is placing an unacceptable burden on families and carers and leaving increasing numbers of older people who have basic activities of daily living without any support " - as documented and researched by the Kings Fund (2016). Health and Social Care does not only focus on our elderly, we need to protect individuals with disabilities needing support through care providers, charities and organisations. "All staff should understand and apply the principles of mental capacity laws" - Mencap "Getting it right"(2010). "Make sure every eligible person with a learning disability can have an annual health check " - "Getting it right charter", Mencap 2010 "November 2015 is the twentieth anniversary of the passage of the Disability Discrimination Act " Scope Charity Disability Rights Campaigners are currently fighting for the rights of the disabled and vulnerable living in the U.K. It is now time for the UK government to recognise the support given by all CARE givers in attaining these goals and supporting these charters. CARE should be tailor made to suit the individuals needs, training should be adequate to enable care givers to provide the best standards and Health and Social care givers should have their careers recognised by the government, furthermore individuals needing Health and Social Care should be able to relax in the knowledge that their carers are trained to a national level of acceptable care . The Care Quality Commission need to set a definitive ratio of individuals needing care to the amount of carers provided especially in residential care and nursing home settings. All employers need to recognise that their staff have wellbeing needs too and all employers and the government should recognise the hard work and dedication of staff working above and beyond their employers "Code of Conduct". At present there are no definite ratios given by the Cqc who state in regulation 18 (staffing, 2016) "Providers must not act in a way that prevents, limits or would result in staff not meeting requirements required by professional regulators" It is time that the government pushes for us to be registered in the same way that nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals are registered. Many of us are administering life saving medication without three years of university training and are carrying out tasks to fulfil individuals needs with basic training. We are frontline staff trying to provide best standards of care for those needing it and need recognition and a pay increase. In basic terms it is strongly believed and suggested that all care providers "sing from the same sheet" and that national standards are set for all care givers. A "National Living Wage" of £7.50 per hour does not support us in our own daily lives. Funding of £2 billion over three years (budget 2017) will not protect those requiring social care and it will impact on employers providing care that need to pay dedicated and experienced staff. The elderly are living longer but it is well documented that too many elderly people are living in poor health. "There is evidence of worsening health for many older people in some parts of the country " - Professor Danny Dorling, (Oxford University) 2016. The Government need to recognise that tragic events such as the "Winterbourne View" scandal screened by Panorama in 2011 should never happen again. All staff should receive adequate nationally recognised and supported training and updates on training to ensure that incidents of abuse do not happen. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 states that "Demand is growing rapidly as the population ages and long-term conditions become more common" "Power will be transferred from Ministers to Parliament. In the current system Ministers are able to set up new organisations, create permanent quangos and change the responsibilities of existing bodies through directions which are not subject to the control or scrutiny of Parliament " - Health and Social Care Act 2012. Therefore I am contacting you the Prime Minister to ensure that you do exactly what your goverment's legislation states. "Older people are not recognised explicitly under human rights laws" - Alison Fenney, evidence paper for Age U.K. (2012) and it is not very well known but is understood and believed that if an act of Parliament breaches the convention rights of the Human Rights Act (HRA, 1998) then the courts can decide and declare that an act of legislation is no longer compatible. At local level we are seeing an increase in our council tax payments and it is advised that we are paying towards health and social care provision in an already fragile system. With care "rapidly becoming little more than a threadbare safety net for the poorest and most needy older people" - the Kings Fund as reported by Barbara Keeley in The Guardian 7/3/ 2017. Multidisciplinary team collaboration is vital in providing care that involves individuals "best interests" now maybe the government should look after ours? The UK unemployment rate held at an 11- year low of 4.8 percent during the period of October and December 2016 (trading economics) maybe you could look into putting care provision back on an urgent agenda and ensure that those of us that are already employed within the health and social care sector receive the recognition and support that we deserve? Thank You for Reading
Petition to Moto, Welcome Break, Roadchef , Paul Maynard MP
Have accessible changing facilities at every motorway service station in the UK
My name is Zack and I’m 22 years old. That's me in the picture above. I have cerebral palsy which affects the use of all my four limbs and my speech. I am tube fed, use a touch screen speech machine to communicate and an electric wheelchair to get around. I am campaigning to get accessible changing room facilities installed at all UK motorway service stations. There are many disabled children and adults who, like me are wheelchair users and require suitable spaces and the assistance of a carer when needing toilet and changing facilities during long journeys. At the moment there are very few appropriate facilities on UK motorway routes. I cannot use a regular toilet so when I need to be changed my parents or carers need to hoist me on to a bed. A changing places room needs to be large enough, have a height adjustable bed and a hoist which can be used to lift me out of my wheelchair. There are many times when my parents have to resort to changing me on a cramped and often dirty toilet floor or in a baby changing room. I’m not the only one in this situation, there are a quarter of a million disabled people across the country, many of who, are in need of these services too. Over 1000 facilities are now in operation at tourist attractions, restaurants, museums and leisure centres in the UK, but hardly any exist on major travel routes and so far, all of them are in the Midlands or south of England. Moto are the largest operator of service stations in the U.K. with 60 stations, but so far they only have 5 with changing place rooms with a further 2 planned in 2018. Welcome Break also have 6 such changing rooms. The operators at Moto claim to be "committed to the cause of providing accessible changing rooms", but in reality they say that the cost of installing such facilities is prohibitive and compared to the popularity of coffee shop and food outlets, it is not justified for the number of people who would use them. It would mean a lot of to me if they led the way by introducing accessible changing places in all their service stations and readdressed the balance in providing accessible facilities for all travellers regardless of their needs and abilities. Please support my campaign to improve these basic needs for all disabled travellers. Thank you
Petition to UK Parliament, Theresa May MP
Equality for ALL Assistance Dogs
When people think of Assistance Dogs, they almost always think of a Guide Dog. Assistance Dogs can do so many things, too many to list, they can be Autism Assistance Dogs, Hearing Dogs, Mobility Assistance Dogs, Medical Alert Dogs and many more. Everywhere I go, I see signs saying "no dogs except guide dogs" and as a medical alert dog handler, this directly causes me to have access issues. My Assistance Dog gives me the independence and confidence to live my life, and without her by my side I would not have a quality of life. I am asking the UK Government to make it a legal requirement for service providers to display a sticker which welcomes all Assistance Dogs. Nothing changes if it isn't challenged, and if not now, when? Join me in my campaign for change, fighting for equality for all Assistance Dogs!
Petition to UK Parliament
Parliament: Require all airports to carry out 'invisible disability' awareness training.
Major airports in the UK are failing in their duty to be accessible to disabled customers. A lack of facilities and awareness amongst staff on how to support disabled travelers are causing problems including: Disabled people being humiliated, refused ramps, left on planes, having mobility equipment lost and damaged and being separated from carers. The Civil Aviation Authority have agreed that UK airports do not have adequate training or facilities to appropriately assist disabled travelers and yet still the government has yet to do anything to enforce real change. In January of this year I was left frightened and humiliated by Stansted airport after trying to board a plane. Flying is stressful at the best of times but navigating the airport as a disabled person is being made by more difficult and often impossible by a widespread lack of awareness by airport staff in the UK. Despite making millions of pounds airports are letting down both staff and passengers by not appropriately training staff on how to help disabled flyers. Suffering from a connective tissue disorder means I may look like a “healthy” person, but I am unable to carry out many day-to-day tasks without support. My condition causes widespread chronic pain and chronic fatigue, and I due the fragility of my internal organs I am not allowed to lift any heavy objects, as this causes ruptures which can be fatal, the faulty tissue in my heart means I pass out up to 10 times a day and cannot stand still for more than a few minutes without going into tachycardia. I take 13 tablets a day in order to be able to stand up and will be in physiotherapy for the rest of my life. My vision, balance coordination are all affected. And I do not have full control of my bowel or bladder. I also suffer with anxiety and am on the autistic spectrum. After requesting ‘special assistance’ (the dubious name given to disability support at airports) months in advance I was left at the airport without any of the help I had asked for and told that only disabled people are allowed help. Despite being legally disabled since 2013, I was judged solely on the way that I look. Airports are legally required to be accessible to everyone, however the experience of myself and of many others is an environment of hostility and inaccessibility. After taking about my experience with the media I received almost one hundred messages from other disabled travellers, who shared their own airport horror stories and to my distress I discovered that my case was not an isolated incident, disabled people are being let down by every major airport in the UK. As a frequent traveller I have never experienced the kind of decimation that I regularly experience in the UK by any foreign airport and it shocks me that the UK as a society are so far behind when it comes to disability rights, in particular for people with Invisible disabilities. I ask the government on behalf on everyone in this country who has been discriminated against at the airport, please: · Require all airports in the UK to carry out disability awareness training to all customer facing staff. This should have to include awareness of invisible disabilities. This should be made a legal requirement via a change in the current law. · Require airports to change the name from ‘Special Assistance’ to ‘Disability and Mobility Support’ to make it clear what this service is. We are not asking for any special treatment just the same access as able-bodied passenger. I believe that the name 'special assistance' perpetuates the idea that people fake illnesses in order the get special treatment at the airport. Furthermore the word ''special" has a long history of being condescending to disabled people. · Require all airports to adopt the approach of Southend Airport and offer customers with invisible disabilities lanyards to prevent confusion and judgement from staff. Thank you, Natalie Allport-Grantham
Petition to Department for Communities NI
PERIANAL ABSCESS & FISTULA DISEASE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A DISABILITY IN THE UK
Perianal Abscess & Fistula Disease is a severely life limiting, ongoing and incredibly difficult to cure condition. It is not well known about as sufferers do not talk about it due to the embarrassing nature of it. As the name suggests it is an acutely painful abscess in the soft tissue around the anus. It is NOT the same as a tooth abscess. Once you get it once in most cases it reoccurs over and over due to damaged tissue or the formation of a fistula. The abscesses may cause sepsis and can be fatal.Treatment is by antibiotics and surgery but these are only a temporary fix and within weeks it reoccurs.Many people like myself will be on prescription laxatives for life, it can cause incontinence and some people have had multiple surgeries without success or cure. It can result in having a permanent drain or as a worst case scenario a proctocolectomy. The symptoms are acute pain, difficulty sitting or walking, high fevers, nausea and fatigue but there are no visible symptoms yet here in the UK The Department of Communities do not recognise it as a disability entitling you to any of the benefits that go along with that. The companies Capita for PIP and MSS for ESA that assess have never even heard of the condition. It is time for change. We cannot let our embarrassment of our condition prevent us from having our disease properly listed and recognised
Petition to House of Parliment, Theresa May MP, Secratary of education
Better support & echp funding in school & home..for children with disablities extra needs
Children and families of children with extra needs are not only battling every day to keep life flowing the best they can and to work and provide the best they can for their children.. but they also if their child is in need of extra support at home, school and in the community and ..They are having to continuously fight a system where although schools know that child needs more help and support and is struggling and in a lot if cases an ECHP .. and a support teacher in place there hands are tied because the lack of funding .. It's the same with the health care in the community and support with mental health which is common with poorly supported children or disabled and/or extra needs children or adults .. doctors know that family or the person, or child needs more help ...and in this day and age we should have funding in place supporting families raising a child or young adult or even an adult with extra needs .. there is limited to no support and no funding foe the person.. school.or families struggling .. It's disgusting it's wrong and things need to change ... if a child or person with an extra needs support they should receive it and if a family with that child adult need the extra support it should be given families and me being onr of them have resorted to home schoolonh because schools are failing children emotionally... socially and educationally and healthcare services ain't they and are are failing families due to cuts... curse and more cures to services that desperately need to be there .. invested in and built upon .. funding for this is a must and things need to change before the only future ahead will be the mental health rate rising ... full of worn out families and children.. then young adults struggling and poor mental health because of it and the just being left to get on with it without support or any help.toward improving the bleak outlook so many parents feel whilst going through this cycle and battle that to them never feels like it's getting better or ending .... Children are the future we need to invest in them and encourage difference .. diversity and support all children no matter what abilities they have as they are precious ibdividuals that need norishment and a rile model in us adults to look up to not one that gave up caring or helping
Petition to Google Inc., Google Maps, Google
Create Wheelchair Friendly Routes on Google Maps
For most, Google Maps is an essential app used for navigation and travel. It’s revolutionised people’s daily lives - that is if you don’t have a disability. If you do it’s a very different story. Despite providing different options for all modes of personal and public transport, there are no alternative routes that support those who are disabled or in need of assistance, the main example of this being a lack of wheelchair friendly options. Over the last year, I attempted to travel around London with people who have a range of disabilities, including my mum, who relies on a wheelchair for some journeys. However, we found that all routes provided by Google Maps demanded stairs, bumpy paths, small hills, foot bridges, crossings without slopes and many times there was no room on the pavement for the chair. Most tube services aren't disabled friendly and ruled out yet another option of easy transport. Even if we did want to rely on other forms of public transport, we found that taxi companies struggled to accommodate the chair and buses were too full. Sometimes we’ve been forced to travel along bikes lanes (highly dangerous) or were just walking in opposite directions until it was safe to continue on normal paths. As an alternative, we sought out other maps like Citymapper but this provided us with no relief either. We're constantly trying to make cities and travel accessible, however this seems to be a highly discriminating factor. It's bad enough that only 70 out of 270 tube stations are step-free but by not providing these alternative routes, we're restricting those not as able. We should be advancing and making sure everyone has equal opportunities to be independent. This would not only benefit those who need extra support but families with pushchairs and those reliant on other forms of help like a walking frame. It should be easy for everyone to get around, no matter who you are! Please sign and support this petition to create wheelchair friendly routes available on Google Maps.
Petition to John Horan, Tom Ryan, Alan Milton
Stop unlawful discrimination in the GAA: boycott their Sponsors
My Dad is a loyal Tyrone GAA supporter. The kind of fan you will see at the side of a pitch in the depths of winter cheering on club and county. He is a GAA season ticket holder. He is also a blue badge holder. On 12th July, we received an email from GAA season tickets to say that he, along with all other loyal season ticket holders, would not be seated at their fixture on 21st July rather that they were to be sent to the terraces without any consideration of the GAA’s statutory obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. I contacted the GAA via Twitter and email without response: twitter.com/clairemconroy/status/1017473972101898240 I contacted their Sponsors via Twitter to highlight the issue without response: twitter.com/clairemconroy/status/1018936020652449795 This petition is not about my Dad: This petition is about the GAA complying with their statutory obligations; This petition is about the GAA having respect for their loyal supporters; This petition is about all of us! I will, therefore, be boycotting the goods and services provided by their Sponsors until such times as they do the right thing and #givehughieaseat AIB Bank of Ireland BBC NI Sport Deep River Rock Discover Northern Ireland Donnelly Group Eir The GAA Store LCC Group McAleer & Rushe MCS Group O’Neill’s Subway SuperValu Translink Tughans UTV I would ask that you join with me and do the same. Please show your support, sign this petition and share on your social media to encourage the GAA to do the right thing. Thank you.