1) WOW Petition hits 100,000 signatures
The WOW petition, calling for a re-assessment of welfare reform and an end to the Work Capability Assessment, sanctions and forced work for the sick and disabled has hit its 100,000 signature target.
This means that it shall now be considered for debate in the House of Commons.
The petition was started by comedienne, writer and disability rights campaigner Francesca Martinez, and has been branded as the petition to stop the War On Welfare.
The WOW petition also calls for independent inquiries into ATOS, care home charges and the closure of Remploy factories.
This follows the news of another successful petition which calls on Minister for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith to answer MPs on the failures and problems of welfare reform, which he is due to attend on 9th December.
2) NHS must be preserved from commercial interests who want to privatise, says Stephen Hawking
World famous physicist, Stephen Hawking has called for protection of the NHS from privatization, insisting he would have died without it.
Hawking, who developed motor neurone disease at the age of 21, said during filming of a Channel 4 film:
“Only last summer, I caught pneumonia, and would have died, but for the NHS hospital care. We must retain this critical public service, and prevent the establishment of a two-tier system, with the best medicine for the wealthy, and an inferior service for the rest.”
The film will be shown on C4 this Wednesday.
3) Workfare Week of Action
Boycott Workfare will begin a week of action on Monday 2nd December against the government policies that force benefit claimants to undertake full time work for no pay or under threat of losing their benefits.
The week of action kicks off with a noise demo outside Senate House where a government workfare conference is taking place, alongside the potential ‘employers’ of workfare.
4) Boris Johnson defends the rich and greed, but not the sick, disabled or unemployed
In the Margaret Thatcher lecture, Boris Johnson defended the super-rich again and insisted that greed was a valuable ‘economic spur’ whilst also adding that where success is measured, we should not ignore the IQ levels of those in high places.
Well, we had a lot to say about that.
by Kam Sandhu – @KamBass