Taking aim at a dead parrot

John Pring of Disability News Service has written a piece about #ESAdeadparrot: New campaign ruffles feathers as it takes aim at dead parrot.

He’s included a range of views, including a quote from Pat:

‘Pat Onions, founder of Pat’s Petition, said: “We hope that this campaign will put pressure on Iain Duncan Smith to ensure a safety net that supports all sick and disabled people into work at their own pace, without the sanctions that have been such a major part of the current system.”

‘She added: “We are aware that we are liable to being accused of siding with [ministers] and of suggesting that sick and disabled people are less productive and therefore of less value.”

‘But she added: “We want to acknowledge that some of us are indeed less productive: why are people so scared to say the obvious? But that does not make any of us less valuable for that.” ‘

Our full statement of the campaign is available here.

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