Boris claimed he was too busy to turn up at a London mayoral ‘hustlings’ organised by user-led organisations Inclusion London and Transport for all (TfA) to listen to disabled people.
However, Boris can find the time to go to another ‘hustlings’ event organised by the big disability charities including RNIB, Leonard Cheshire Disability and MENCAP. The charities have not invited user-led disabled peoples’ organisations to attend. The big charities continue to speak FOR disabled people with no mandate to do so and continue to exclude disabled people from talks with local and national governments as always.
DPAC asks: How much longer will user-led organisations and disabled people continue to be silenced by the multi-million pound charities? How much longer will people support the big disability charities without realising that they are acting in their own interests? Already Disability Works UK (a consortium of charities claiming a turn over value of £654.4 million) run workfare for disabled people, risking sanctions and loss of benefit for the very people the charities claim to ‘help’. They claim they dont do sanctions but this is because they pass on the names of people to DWP so that they can do them.
Boris may be too busy to notice or simply not care- disabled people of London should care and make sure that his arrogance towards disabled peoples’ issues and the real problems we face translates into a ‘no vote’ for Boris in May.
Click on link to read the story of the snub by John Pring: