Lobbied against Norfolk STP
Protests against WCA outside Maximus assessment centre
Protest against PIP at Atos assessment centre Norwich
Took part in Norwich Pride parade in July
ROFA -UN CRPD delegation with DPAC.
Dpac Glasgow have built link with RMT, unison & PCS. We are co producing with PCS a benefit survival tool kit booklet. We aim to distribute it to various locations across the city & continue to build solidarity & members. We have a meeting with PCS officials to strengthen our links & co working to fight welfare reform & office closures. We attended STUC disabled workers conference.
We had a few demonstrations with the RMTand have several actions organised with RMT including a meeting with transport minister all under the banner of access for all. We continue to have our monthly picket at Cadogen St outside ESA MAXIMUS assessment office.
1: UN report briefing on violations of disabled peoples rights (houses of parliament) Tuesday 24th January 2017, chaired by Baroness Deech.
2: Brexit Q&A Burlington Baptist Church Ipswich 1st February.
3: Norfolk DPAC meeting Norwich 6th February ( I attended representing Suffolk DPAC).
4: Public meeting on NHS, co-op education centre 9th February.
5: Save NHS Demo London 4th March.
6: Assistance with an appeal for a lady re ESA 10th March.
7: Protest against Housing Benefit Cuts, Parliament Square 1st April.
8: Ipswich May Day Festival 30th April (Paula Peters spoke after John McDonnell MP)
9: #Not The Fucking Tories demo Old Palace-yard London 2nd May.
10: Ben Gummer (former Tory MP for Ipswich) Q & A at the Greyhound pub Ipswich 17th May, (gave him a right grilling re ESA & PiP).
11: Ben Gummer (former Tory MP for Ipswich) Kingfisher pub Ipswich 30th May.(I gave him a right grilling again).
12: NUT Question Time, Northgate Arts Centre Ipswich (Ben Gummer got a massive grilling at this event).
13: Peoples assembly #ToriesOut National demonstration London 1st July.
14: Interview with Laura Smith from RT at my home re disabled people turning to crowdfunding for wheelchairs etc, 6th July.
15: National day of action for local DPAC groups, Suffolk DPAC joined Norfolk DPAC at st marys house Norwich 18th july.
16: Attended PiP tribunal for a person with mental health issues at HMCTS tribunal services Ipswich as an advocate 21st August (outcome:-PIP awarded in favour of claimant).
17: Burston Rally Norfolk Suffolk DPAC in attendance.
18: Meeting with Sandy Martin MP in Parliament got him to attend a debate re Universal Credit! then home for ISCRE (Ipswich & Suffolk Council for Racial Equality) AGM, ISCRE has published two booklets called the “3Ds Project” Disability + Disadvantage = Duty. 1st one is for disabled people claiming JSA and the 2nd one is for disabled people claiming Universal Credit both tell you what you need to know before signing the claimant commitment, 19th September.
19: RMT strike at Ipswich train Station 5th October.
20: Smash the Cap Rally Norwich 14th October.
21: Liberty Human Rights Award London 24th October.
22: National Disabled Peoples Summit London 4th November.
23: National day Of Action on Universal credit Ipswich town centre 2nd December.
DPAC occupation of lobby area of houses of parliament 19th july 2017
And anti – ATOS protest in London 21st July.
Apart from our meetings, the main action we took this year – along with other disability groups, was to take on the Royal Berkshire Hospital Trust. They wanted to close the hydrotherapy pool (the only one for about 30 miles) but prolonged action (demos, speaking at meetings and talking with the CEO ensured that it stayed open in the end. We also demonstrated in Maidenhead Theresa May’s constituency, in the run-up to the elections.
Finally we are engaged in a serious battle with an organisation claiming to support people with mental distress, which is run by an empire builder who doesn’t mind who gets hurt if they are in the way and also struggling to get Reading and District Labour Party to address disability issues properly.
We also improved our online presence and gained new members that way.
Bristol DPAC formed in September 2017
Bristol Austerity March in September
At the momentum/people assembly’s demo to #unseat Crabb in Pembroke
And at Weston General Hospital to save the A&E dept
And we greeted Jeremy Hunt when he visited Callington Hospital in Bristol
We also attended Disability History month at Unite Bristol.
|We’ve mainly been doing supporting stuff really but that has involved Tory party conference prime minister’s speech protest. Supported Mental Health Action Group Sheffield with article on their campaign, one of the DPAC Sheffield activists was one of the founders of it
There’s the save south Yorkshire women’s aid campaign in Doncaster that we’ve been supporting since the end of August.
We attended to the Orgreave Campaign death of justice march on 31st October in Sheffield
We’ve gone and checked out the Sheffield junk food project, but they don’t have much you can share online etc really they’re still starting up
We had some supported the McStrike strike on September 4th
Something else, we tried very hard to fight the closure of Eastern avenue job centre in Sheffield. The first of the list of over 70 proposed job centre closures nationally. Tim Jones and myself both leafleted, joined the picket, attended public meeting to speak as someone who uses that job centre. Did TV and newspapers interview to support the PCS but mainly the community, coming from disabled people’s perspectives but it has been closed down.
Three times this year we have been to support the RMT keep the guards on the trains
The latest local campaign that we’re helping to raise awareness of is the NHS minor injuries unit in Sheffield and the Barnsley maternity unit that are both at risk of closure.
January: Free films screenings of I, Daniel Blake where we spoke to sell out audiences about the reality depicted in the film.
February: Met with Lifeshare charity to discuss ideas for helping disabled homeless people.
March: Planning meeting and questioning mayoral candidates at GMCDP event.
April: GMCDP (Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People) hustings for Mayor elections (Tory candidate failed to attend) and Unite Community Universal Credit talk given.
May: Confronted Government ODI (Office for Disability Issues) member over the UN report of grave and systemic human rights abuses of disabled people live on Al Jazeera.
June: #CripTheVoteUK to increase voting and political representation in the snap general election.
July: Members undergoing PIP assessments supported with our recording equipment (available to all Disabled Great Manchester residents, please ask for details).
August: Plans begin for Tory party conference, liaising with People’s Assembly and assessing access at Partisan communal space (not accessible until 2018).
September: Banner making with GMCDP’s new campaign group, accessibility survey, and final plans for Tory conference. Taking part in creation of Disabled People’s advisory panel to new Greater Manchester Mayor to improve our rights and representation in Greater Manchester.
October: Protest against Tory Party conference. Wall of Noise protest and disruption of Theresa May’s speech on Wednesday, kettling avoided.
November: Planning meeting and further work on advisory panel with Greater Manchester DPO’s. London National Disabled People’s Conference & workshops.
December: Working group to be established for Disabled People’s advisory panel in New Year. And finally Thursday 21st Ashton protest supporting Charlotte Hughes.
Ceredigion (Cardigan) DPAC – our newest local group
We’re very new, but so far a group of us approached our local MP Ben Lake regarding access for mobility challenged and wheel chair users in our town. We raised concern about Kinora, our local mental health drop in centre being inaccessible for wheel chair users. We met up with the people running the drop in centre to discuss wheel chair access when they move to their new building which we are told will be completely wheel chair accessible. Same with our local women’s aid group which has been running workshops in a basement till now. They now run some workshops in a local church hall to accommodate disabilities more. We are also encouraging them to do more outreach work with disabled people in the area. We are also campaigning to make our local swimming pool wheel chair friendly.
We will be having a follow up meeting with Ben in the new year regarding pavement dips (lack of them). Also had our first protest against UC, got petitions signed and more members on board. We had a Xmas get together and will be organising a Xmas get together for the Jo Cox campaign in our local town and to raise awareness of how isolation and loneliness affect our community.
We’re a very small seaside type town, so all this is very new here. CAB are really interested in working with us, our MP needs a poke every now and then to remind him what we are doing (could do better, were working on him, he’s very new to the role). The labour party here are also involved and support us with our campaign. Hoping for lots more action in the new year and to start fundraising.