You may be familiar with the extremely important WOWPetition which was set up for MPs to debate the effect of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 on disabled people. The petition reached its goal of 100,000 near to the 12 month deadline. It was debated in the House of Commons and presented by John McDonnell on 27th February 2014.
Under new rules WOWPetition would NOT have reached its goal in time.
This is because the Tories shortened the deadline of which to reach 100,000 signatures from 12 months to 6 months along with other new rules.
We asked the HOC petitions committee to explain their reasoning behind the changes and this was their response.
It failed to address the petitions which would have reached their goal in 12 months. It’s clear why the changes were really brought about. The Tories do not want to debate the effect of welfare reform on disabled people.