Derbyshire Anti Cuts campaigners witnessed the Disgraceful move by Labour-controlled Derbyshire County Council Cabinet yesterday voting through cuts and charges to adult social care services that Derbyshire disabled people rely on.
Derbyshire Anti Cuts campaigners were at Derbyshire County Council headquarters, County Hall, Matlock yesterday June 17th 2014 supporting disabled people from Derbyshire Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC).
Their spokesman, the brilliant Gary Matthews, other disabled people and allies challenged council leader Cllr Anne Western, Cllr Andy Botham and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Clare Neill on the steps leading in to County Hall yesterday and then submitted questions in the Cabinet meeting itself raising the alarm that if these cuts and charges were voted through today, then councillors would in effect be complicit in the victimisation and persecution of Derbyshire’s disabled people and their families.
Good luck to Derbyshire DPAC in sorting out a legal challenge to this victimisation and persecution.
We say SHAME on Labour controlled Derbyshire County Council for being complicit accomplices to the Con Dem robbery of Derbyshire people’s rightful money and to the victimisation and persecution of disabled people and those with long term health issues.
Gary Matthews from DPAC handed out leaflets with the following text on to all councillors and people who attended the protest and the council meeting:
“Think before you vote!”
The report to the Derbyshire County Council Cabinet being voted on this morning is a very depressing document. We believe that the three recommendations are an attack on disabled people across Derbyshire.
Increasing the eligibility threshold for those who need support will impact seriously on the daily lives of disabled people.
We are talking about not just cuts, but life and death issues.
The report admits that there will be more accidents at home and people will no longer be safe if their care is cut.It also predicts worsening personal health for those deprived of care in the future.
The proposals on co-funding (paying for care) and on charging £5 for transport trips will drive hundreds of disabled people into poverty.
30% of disabled people already live in poverty and this will just add to it.
The report does not have a proper equality impact report and the consultation process was highly defective.
We attended a two hour meeting yesterday (June 16th 2014) with Cllr Clare Neill where we put our concerns.
We told her in straight terms what the effects on our disabled community would be.
We asked her to advise the Labour cabinet to delay these cuts for 12 months and lead a campaign against the Coalition cuts together with trade unions and disabled peoples groups.
We are fed up with hearing the Labour mantra and excuse that there is no alternative.
We have now given the Labour cabinet a clear alternative.If they ignore this, they will only have themselves to blame.
Will they act as agents to Eric Pickles and force through these cuts, or will they stand alongside disabled people and oppose all cuts.
“We believe that cuts in welfare benefits and in essential adult care services amount to nothing more than crimes against humanity”.
Where injustice becomes the law, resistance becomes necessary.
An injustice to one is an injustice to all.
They say cut back, we say FIGHT BACK
Liz Potter on behalf of Derbyshire Anti Cuts Campaign in solidarity with Derbyshire Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC).