I have to say well done to the Wigan Evening Post and the Wigan Observer for the extensive coverage it has given to welfare reform, how it will impact on people in Wigan and the preparations people need to make from April 2013. However, despite the reservations of local Labour MP's including from Lisa Nandy (WEP 26th Nov) where she outlines her concerns regarding "The Bedroom Tax",, it is clear the only political movement in Wigan that is fundamentally opposed and is campaigning against the governments reforms is the Community Action Party. This is despite the fact that we no longer have any elected representatives on Wigan Council and we manage the party on a voluntary basis. There is so much more we could have done if we were represented on Wigan Council. For the Wigan Evening Post and the Wigan Observer to use their resources to inform people as much as they can about the changes is tremendous and I hope as many people in the Borough have prepared themselves as much as they can as a result. The Community Action Party representatives in the Borough will do what we can to help the most vulnerable and despite our lack of representation on the Council at this moment in time, we will do all we can to help minimise the impact of the cuts on local people. In the meantime, we have two official government petitions people can sign to oppose the welfare cuts as follows :- http://epetitions.direct.gov.
uk/petitions/41600 (Repeal the Welfare Reform Act 2012) and http://epetitions.direct.gov. uk/petitions/38182 (Stop the Abolition of Disability Living Allowance for Personal Independence Payments).
Michael Moulding, Deputy Leader, Community Action Party