Can you donate 50p to DPAC’s work?
We all know the attacks we’re all facing as disabled people and next year in the run up to the General Election we want to make sure that the 11 million disabled people and their families get their voices heard by politicians. But to do that we need money for a battle bus tour, leaflets, and other publicity costs and events. The grant we hoped to get to cover these costs was turned down on the grounds that our campaigning would be ‘too political’ We want to remain too political and ungagged in spite of the gagging laws introduced to silence campaigners by the Condems and to make sure all of our voices are heard.
We’re now left with no other choice but to ask you, our supporters, if you could donate 50p towards our plans for next year so that we can afford to make sure disabled people’s concerns are heard loudly and clearly.
You can donate to us via paypal on our website www.dpac.uk.net or directly via BACs to Disabled People Against Cuts 08-92-99 account number 65454743.
Brief summary of cuts we face.
A recent Demos report from April 2013 ‘Destination Unknown’ shows that hundreds of thousands of disabled people will be hit simultaneously by up to six different welfare cuts. This does not include cuts to care and support funding in addition.
By 2018 disabled people will have lost £28.3 billion of financial support affecting up to 3.7 million disabled people.
The losses come against a backdrop of flat-lining incomes and spiralling costs of living for disabled people, for whom daily life already costs more. At the same time it’s becoming harder for disabled people to be part of the community.
Councils – facing average budget cuts of more than 28% – have been forced to ration social care support leaving as many as 40% of disabled people without help to get up, get washed, get dressed and go out.
Benefit and other attacks.
- Scrapping of Incapacity Benefit and failure of Work Capability Assessments.
- Loss of right to appeal and Mandatory Reconsiderations during which time disabled people are left with no income for an unspecified length of time.
- Legal Aid and advice and advocacy centre cuts.
- 1% cap on benefit rises
- Time limitation for Contributory ESA of WRAG
- Freezing child benefit
- Overall Benefit Cap
- Scrapping of Disability Living Allowance and introduction of Personal Independent Payment
- Universal Credit
- Abolition of Independent Living Fund and cuts to social care funding.
- Bedroom Tax and Changes to Local Housing Allowance.
- Discretionary Housing Payments only given to 1 in 3 disabled people.
- Uprating and cuts to Tax Credits
- Localisation and at least 10% cut for Council Tax Benefit
- Cuts to Access to Work funding
- Loss of access to inclusive education.
- Loss of free bus travel.
- Reductions in MH services across the board.
- Growth in Food Bank usage.
- Increasing Fuel Poverty.