Mar 252018

All over Britain we’re holding locally based protests against universal credit to support the DPAC demonstration in London. Obviously everyone can’t get to London so this is going to open up the event and make it easier for more people to access and take part.


Anyone is welcome to come and speak at the demo, just inbox the DPAC Sheffield page or email
So far we have: Labour sheffield, Women’s lives matter campaign Yorkshire, Sheffield Green party, Momentum Sheffield disability officer, and DPAC.


Meet New Street, Time to be confirmed


Information table 10.30am Meet at the Clock Tower


We will be outside Cardigan job centre on the 18th at 11.00


Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty
High Riggs jobcentre 12.30
Wednesday 18th April, 12- 2 pm at the Clocktower, Unite Community and friends supporting DPAC.


St.Peters Square, 13.00-15.00 joining together with Greater Manchester Law Centre and Acorn Tenants Union to say no to evictions



Meet City Hall steps from 12.15 pm


11am – 13.00 pm April 18th Lemon Quay


The York Unite Community Branch  is supporting the Disabled People Against Cuts national day of action against Universal Credit by holding a gathering on and adjacent to the footpath outside The Jobcentre Plus (one of our local Department of Work and Pensions buildings), 11-17 Monkgate, York YO31 7JZ  between 10 and 12 on Wednesday April 18th 2018.

 Posted by at 15:29
Mar 242018

Our colleagues from the Public Law Project are taking the DWP to court for the failure to make good reasonable adjustments for disabled people who need communication via email.

We are supporting this challenge and need people to share their experience with us.

If you have asked the DWP to communicate with via email, please take our short survey, it will only take 5 minutes.

Alternatively you can email to share your experiences.

We need responses by the 6th of April.

 Posted by at 14:04
Mar 232018
New job opportunity – Campaigns and Outreach Officer 

We are looking for a new Campaigns and Outreach officer! Please have a look at our job advert below and forward to anyone you think may be interested – or consider applying yourself if you meet the criteria.

Campaigns and Outreach Officer
£29k, Brixton, London

Transport for All (TfA) has been championing the cause of accessible transport in the capital for over two decades. Whilst progress has been made, still today Disabled and older people have to restrict their lives or even become housebound because they are failed by inaccessible transport services.

We are now seeking a Campaigns and Outreach officer to help change this situation and win a transport system that all of London’s citizens can use with freedom and Independence. This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the leading Disabled people’s charities campaigning for accessible transport in the UK.

Motivated by a passion for equality and the rights of Disabled people, our ideal candidate will develop and lead multi-layered campaigns that seek to capture the imagination of supporters and the attention of campaign targets.

You will have the experience of running successful campaigns using a variety of methods including e-campaigning and direct. As a ‘people’s person’ you will also motivate supporters and members to get involved at all levels of campaign planning and development.

Pitching stories on a regular basis you will be able to harness the power of the media to deliver maximum exposure for our campaigns and causes.

A confident communicator, you will be able to sustain relationships with a wide range of stakeholders from local pensioner groups to government ministers.

What we offer:

  • A friendly working environment and supportive team
  • Flexible working hours and the ability to work from home
  • Attractive pensions package
  • Holiday entitlement

Our office is based in Brixton with its vibrant markets and excellent transport links.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Thursday 12th April 2018. The Interview date will be Friday 20th April 2018 and be held at our offices in Brixton.

For further details please contact Dagmara DePaula on 020 7820 7315 or via email

Please email your completed application forms to

Download the Job Pack
Best wishes,

Raphael Harfaux
Communications and projects manager

 Posted by at 20:29
Mar 222018

We got this in the DPAC email today:

As you will have hopefully heard via the TUC and your own unions already, the movement is currently planning for, and beginning to mobilise, for a national demo in London on Saturday 12th May 2018.

Like past demos, we will march from Embankment through London to Hyde Park, with the usual speeches at the other end. There will of course be accessible marching points and short marches for those who can’t do the whole thing.

Yet another big pointless march ending hidden in Hyde Park with pointless speeches from well paid union bosses


At DPAC central we’ve long been disillusioned about these mega marches. Oh sure, they look good enough, banners and placards flying and mass protesters marching through the streets. And the mass rally in Hyde Park with big wig speakers saying inspiring things to stir the blood. And everyone feels great, they’ve done something!

But what exactly have they done and has it really been any use?

Then everyone leaves, the placards get collected up to create more landfill, marchers go home and switch on the news. They expect to see their day broadcast to the country, and change will surely follow …. but there is nothing, no media coverage, not a word, especially on a Saturday when there are only skeleton news staff, and no MPs in Westminster to see the march go past.


Another big problem is where organisers lay on transport, they don’t arrange accessible transport for disabled people – even their own union members -wanting to be there.

As one of our members (who wishes to remain anonymous) says:

I am a member of two unions: UCU and Unite – I can guarantee that I’ll get an email from UCU first urging me to attend but not offering any help with transport. About a week or two later I’ll get an email from Unite saying that there is a coach and if I then enquire about accessible transport I’ll be told there is none due to lack of demand.

I have been told of a wheelchair user in Liverpool who was booked onto a coach and not told by Unite that it was not accessible. In the end four men lifted her onto and off the coach. How demeaning! But it is typical of the attitude of the big unions.


Our third big problem with these events is the choice of speakers. They could, if they wanted, give a platform to grass roots groups representing homeless people, unemployed people, and yes, disabled people, and countless more groups who struggle to get a voice. But they chose not to, it’s always the same ‘safe’ corporate union establishment faces saying the same things year after year.

They don’t represent us

Our problem with the big corporate unions is similar to our problem with the big corporate charities. They don’t represent us, and they want to prevent us from representing ourselves, as that lessens the power that they enjoy so much.

Unions and march organisers need to fully recognise disabled people’s access needs and representation. They need to make their protest activities relevant to ordinary people and effective in order to gain real social change.

Until they do that, rather than go on the march, we present………

How to make your own TUC March

1) Stand around your front garden for two hours with no information or explanation why.

2) Walk around your house for 2 and a half hours making sure the heatings off and you’re fucking freezing. Hold your piss all this time.

3) Search TUC March 2012 Speeches on YouTube and press play. Put it really far away so you can just about see the people on stage and keep saying  ‘who is it now?’ and ‘what did they say?’

4) Hold your piss still as you take 2 hours to walk to your bus stop/train station.

5) Get home two hours later and realise you’ve spent 30 quid on fuck knows what and you’re still starving.

6) Have 17 minute long piss.

7) Watch everything online about today’s march from 29 different angles (all of them including Len McLuskey holding a banner) til bed.

8) Promise never fucking again.

[“Hold your own TUC March” by Andy Greene]

 Posted by at 15:51
Mar 202018

With an impending high court challenge against the  Access to Work cap, the government has announced it is increasing the cap. They say this will affect fewer Deaf and Disabled people.

DPAC thinks that any form of cap is inappropriate and discriminatory. Any cap hits those with the highest support needs, effectively penalising Deaf and Disabled people with the highest support needs and impacting most on certain impairment groups. The new cap has been increased from 1.5 x the average worker’s salary (£42,100) to 2x (£57,200) but is still a fixed limit set in an entirely arbitrary way whereas costs for highly specialised equipment and good quality professional interpreters tailored to an individual’s needs can exceed this amount or vary from year to year. There is no financial reason for a cap given that investment in Access to Work makes a return on investment to the Treasury through taxes, without taking into account the added cost benefits of savings to the NHS or social care budgets.

The cap is also just one issue within a whole range of problems that Deaf and Disabled people are experiencing with Access to Work. These include administrative and financial errors on a scale that is making employment unviable for many, alongside cuts and restrictions to individual support packages that are placing intolerable strain on Deaf and Disabled people doing their best to stay in work. An urgent review of the scheme in consultation with Deaf and Disabled people is well over due.

Written statement from Esther McVey

See the statement on here.

 Posted by at 16:08
Mar 202018

A report coming out tomorrow shows that since 2011, the Department for Work & Pensions has underpaid an estimated 70,000 people who transferred to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) from other benefits.

The ‘error’ related to people who may have been entitled to income-related ESA but were instead only awarded contribution-based ESA, and therefore may have missed out on premium payments.

The average underpayment is likely to be around £5,000 but some people will be owed significantly more. A review of a sample of 1,000 cases suggests that 45,000 claimants  entitled to the enhanced disability premium only may be owed around £2,500 and that around 20,000 claimants who are entitled to the severe disability premium may be owed around £11,500 each. A small number could be owed around £20,000.


If you think you might be affected by this complete botch up by DWP then BBC  and ITN news would like to speak to you. Please contact Camilla Horrox –

Telephone – 02036143166 or Amie Stone telephone – 020 74304551


 Posted by at 15:56
Mar 192018
NHS facing court action over unlawful policies

Published: 19 Mar 2018

NHS organisations are facing legal action over discriminatory Continuing Healthcare policies, the Equality and Human Rights Commission warned today.

The Commission has taken its first steps in judicial review proceeding by issuing legal letters to 13 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).This follows an initial warning issued by the Commission, which highlighted concerns about NHS Continuing Healthcare (NHS CHC) policies being unlawful and breaching the human rights of patients.

If the CCGs fail to provide evidence to demonstrate that their policies are lawful, or do not take steps to review them, they will be taken to court.

The Commission has raised significant concerns about blanket NHS CHC policies having arbitrary caps on funding and failing to consider the specific needs of individual patients, such as living location and family life.

This is a serious breach of the Human Rights Act, the Public Sector Equality Duty and the Department of Health and Social Care’s own NHS CHC framework.

Rebecca Hilsenrath, Chief Executive at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said:

‘It is utterly unacceptable that anyone should be forced into residential care when they are healthy enough to live independently and with their families. And it doesn’t make sense for individuals or communities.

‘A “one-size fits all” approach will never properly address every single individual’s healthcare needs, and NHS CHC policies are no different. This is another example of individuals being disabled by society, and prevented from living as full and independent lives as possible, as is their right. We will use our powers to ensure that the NHS thinks about this again.’

The Commission first aired concerns over discriminatory NHS CHC policies in October 2017, when it wrote to 43 CCGs demanding more information on their approach.

Following this warning, almost a quarter of those contacted are now reviewing their policies and the Commission will be writing to the others whose policies are of less concern.

It will use its formal legal powers to initiate judicial review proceedings against 13, who it determines have not considered their human rights and equality responsibilities in the way they operate their policies.

NHS CHC provide funding for care outside of hospital, either in a care home, nursing home, hospice or a person’s own home, funded by the NHS to meet physical, mental health and associated social care needs.

The letters have been sent today (19 March 2018) and the CCGs have 14 working days to respond, after which decisions about starting court proceedings will be made.

Notes to editors

The Commission will be writing to the following 13 CCGs across England:

  • Brent
  • Coventry and Rugby
  • Dudley
  • East and North Hertfordshire
  • Eastern Cheshire
  • Harrow
  • Hillingdon
  • South Cheshire
  • Vale Royal
  • West Cheshire
  • Warwickshire North
  • Lincolnshire West
  • Redditch and Bromsgrove
 Posted by at 18:38
Mar 192018


March 15th

Stroud, Rising Up! organised an action in solidarity with Disabled People Against Cuts this week. Read the Stroud News and Journal report: “Protesters spray ‘human rights abuse’ on Stroud Job Centre”

“Campaigners said that this afternoon’s action was intended to show the disgust at what the group sees as the latest attack on the social security of people living in the UK.”

“Simon Bramwell who took part in this afternoon’s protest said “We spoke to people on the streets and there was much support for our action, including from claimants who are deeply affected by Universal Credit.

“One woman told us she was about to get evicted as a result of the policy and another man said delays in his payments and left him struggling to make ends meet.

Watch a live-streamed video of the Jobcentre protest on via Rising Up!’s facebook page.



17 March  Ceridigion/Cardigan

A group of members and supporters of Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) Ceredigion were on the streets again today, talking to passers by, leafleting, collecting petition signatures and bearing witness to the cruel injustices being imposed on the vulnerable people in our communities by the cruel Westminster Tory Government in the name of ‘austerity’.

The slogan was STOP The Rollout of Universal Credit. The Rollout of Universal Credit is due in Ceredigion later this year.

Organised by DPAC Ceredigion with the support of the Ceredigion Peoples’ Assembly.
More actions are planned.

for pictures and videos see facebook




 Posted by at 18:02
Mar 172018

Dear Independent Living Campaign supporter,

You can watch footage and download the papers and briefings disseminated at the national conference on independent living organised by Disabled People Against Cuts in November 2017 here:

We are also finalising a postion paper “Independent Living Support for the Future”, outlining our ideas for developing an independent living support system capable of upholding disabled people’s rights, based on the views and issues raised at the conference. Once we have a finalised version we will circulate for sign up and put in place communications and lobbying strategies to build support for our shared vision.

Updates since conference:

Disability Related Expenditure. Jenny Hurst has put together a template which you are all invited to contribute to in order to build a full picture of all the different things that can be included in DRE. Click the link below to add to it:

The Independent Living Strategy Group has also brought out a list of existing lists that can help when you are thinking what to include as DRE.

REAL’s guidance on DRE:




And the government guidance on disability-related expenditure is available at:  (it’s towards the bottom of the webpage).

Simon Legg from the Spinal Injuries Association has also helpfully pointed out the 2003 practice guidance (attached) has a detailed discussion of disability-related expenditure and is arguably still valid.  He also sent a copy of a judgement which relates to disability related expenditure, also attached.


Campaigning against charging. Inclusion London will be organising a meeting for campaigners concerned about or involved in campaigns against charging – date to be confirmed –  to share experiences, find out about relevant legislation and explore how disabled people in different areas can more effectively co-ordinate to challenge the introduction of harsher policies, monitor their impact and campaign for the abolition of charging. If you are interested to find out more please email


Lobbying government.

We believe it is important that Disabled people’s own voices are listened to within the government’s work-stream on social care for disabled adults. We have been collecting signatories a letter.

There is a Parliamentary inquiry into the long-term funding of adult social care. Inclusion London submitted evidence calling for an independent living support system funded from general taxation and free at the point of need:

 United Nations complaint. We have now heard that the complaint made under the UNCRPD Optional Protocol against the closure of the Independent Living Fund to new applicants has been accepted. The UN have written to the government who have until the middle of May 2018 to respond.

Media. In order to highlight the impact of the continuing social care crisis on disabled people, we are working with Cherylee Houston on features for Tonight and with the film-maker who produced “Dispossession: the great social housing swindle”.

 NICE guidelines on improving the experience of care and support for people using adult social care services: These are broadly positive but realistically are unlikely to change anything on their own in the terms of the cost-driven bad practice we are seeing within adult social care. Inclusion London fed back on the first draft and pleased a number of our recommendations were accepted, in particular that they now explicitly refer to the Human Rights Act which in our experience social care practitioners often do not give consideration to, but the Guidelines Committee refused to explicitly refer to the social model of disability, saying that the guidelines have been written from a social perspective so this is not necessary.  We are also disappointed that they did not make more explicit that cost concerns should not outweigh the needs and wishes of disabled people in care and support planning and assessments.





 Posted by at 20:30
Mar 132018

In November 2017 Disabled People Against Cuts and Disabled People’s Organisations involved in the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance held a national Independent Living Campaign conference. The aim of the day was to take stock of the key barriers to independent living that Disabled people who use adult social care services face and assess how far the situation has deteriorated in the last year but also to explore a shared vision for an independent living support system that can truly uphold our rights.

Below you can find notes and films from the day as well as copies of hand-outs and presentations.

Notes from the conference: Independent living campaign conference notes Nov 2017

Opening plenary:


Workshop on assessments and reviews:

Reading by Penny Pepper’s:

Workshop on campaigning for rights to independent living:


Closing session:

Presentation slides:
• Opening session – Ellen Clifford presentation: Slides – introduction , Mark Harrison presentation: IL Campaign Conf 25 Nov 2017 (1)
Campaigning for the rights to independent living (2)
Charging and Financial Assessment (1)
Co-operative alternatives for personal assistance

Papers disseminated at the conference:
• NHS Continuing Healthcare Cost-Caps – Where we are with Warehousing – Fleur Perry warehousing update
• Social Care is Broken Beyond Repair – So what should replace it? – Peter Beresford and Mark Harrison examine the problems and potential solutions Harrison and Beresford LB final
• The need to campaign against institutionalisation – Simone Aspis Simone blog

UN disability committee General Comment on Article 19: General Comment on Article19
Inclusion London Briefing on General Comment on Article 19: Briefing on General Comment on Article 19

Mar 132018

Badge saying "STOP & SCRAP Universal credit"

This Wednesday 18 April join DPAC, Single Mothers’ Self-Defence and WinVisible to call on the Government to #StopAndScrap Universal Credit. 

London Protest – meet for 11am outside the visitor’s entrance to House of Commons.

You can see details of local actions around the country on this page.

To download a flyer for use on the day click here: flyer 


Mar 122018

It used to be called the Budget now it’s called the Spring Statement. Same bullshit, different name as far as we’re concerned.

(There is information on what the Spring Statement is all about here if you want to know)

But people will be paying attention and looking in on the twitter hashtag #SpringStatement, so we need to be there too.

So we are asking all our supporters who can be on twitter tomorrow afternoon from 12.30, right the way through the afternoon to tweet statements in support of DPAC and about disabled people’s rights and the harm done to us by this vile Tory government and it’s predecessors.

Use the hashtag Spring Statement in your tweets, and below there is some material you can use, firstly some facts and then some images to download and add to your tweets for impact.

  • A quarter of working-age disabled people are in poverty

  • 2.8 million disabled people are in poverty

  • In 2015 approximately 81,000 sanctions were applied to disabled people 80% to those on JSA and 16,000 to those in the ESA Work related group

  • 90% of disabled people will be worse off under Universal Credit

  • 28% of disabled people ‘can’t live on their benefits’

  • Austerity has been targeted at disabled people 9 times more than the general population and severely disabled people have been targeted 19 more than the general population

  • DWP fit-to-work assessments (WCA) cost more money than they save

  • There were 686,000 benefit sanctions in Great Britain in 2014

  • Over a quarter of JSA sanctions were received by disabled people or lone parents

Images that you can download and use in your tweets, and don’t forget to include the hashtag #SpringStatement

Trash The Tories

Dead People Don't Claim

UN Inquiry finds Grave and Systematic violations of disabled people's human rights by the UK Government

Theresa May, our blood on her hands




 Posted by at 17:47
Mar 122018

Started by someone we know to be reliable.

Press Release

I first started the website in 2004. The idea is brilliantly simple – why don’t disabled people who have the same access needs swap houses for holidays, rather than rely on unreliable, expensive, and often inaccessible hotel accommodation? If I can get around my house in my wheelchair, then another person who uses a similar wheelchair will also be able to use my house.

We’ve now expanded the concept to include families with disabled children. This is a group of people who often find it really difficult to go on holiday. But if you are a family with a disabled child you will now be able to swap properties with a similar family with similar access needs. The same is true for many other disabled people, travelling alone, with friends, or with their family.

Our sophisticated database system matches similar properties, only leaving you to decide where you want to go and when. People have been using the site to travel all over the world.

Some disabled people choose to go on holiday from one continent to another – we’ve had a swap between Ireland and Australia. Other people go from country to country – two people swapped between Paris and London. Swappers often stay in contact with each other, and now regularly use each others’ houses for city breaks.

Other people stay in their own country and swap from the town to the countryside, or from inland to be by the sea.

Disabled people can often be limited in their holiday choices by a range of factors. Many disabled people have very little money, some are unable to go very far for logistical reasons (for example inaccessible and unreliable public transport, or the inability to drive for long distances), while others might have health reasons for not going very far. can meet your needs whoever you are and however far you want to travel. You might want to stay in a property on the other side of your own city or to go to an event nearby. Maybe a country break is what you need. Or maybe some time by the sea is called for.

We have rebuilt, redesigned and are now relaunching the site. To mark this event, and to build the community with willing swappers, we are offering a free registration process. This will let you join the database, add photos of your property, have access to our “Swapping made Easy” resources, and to contact as many other people as you want on the database to swap properties.

We will be spending the coming months and years actively promoting the site across the UK and the rest of the world, so the number of accessible properties you will see will increase over time.

The ‘House Swap’ idea is not a new one. Over 250,000 people swapped houses for their holiday breaks last year. Many do so for financial reasons – it can be a very cheap holiday. But many do it because they would rather stay in a home environment than a hotel, and do what they want to do at the time of their choosing.

So the time is right for – the site designed by disabled people for disabled people, to meet all your access needs.

 Posted by at 14:41
Mar 102018

This article has been triggered by a post from Joe Halewood who is absolutely right to highlight the shockingly low numbers of people appealing a benefit decision, and especially PIP

It is worth looking at the numbers to understand the scale of the issue, and to compare the situation under DLA and PIP.

The main difference between the 2 benefits, apart from the descriptors, which with PIP were meant to lead to a reduction of 500,000 fewer claimants, is the introduction of Mandatory Reconsiderations. Mandatory Reconsiderations are a system of internal appeals, designed to reduce the number of appeals by reviewing and revising if necessary a benefit decision within a shorter timeframe. Where appeals could take one year or even 18 months these days to be heard, a mandatory reconsideration can take around 10 days, because the government has imposed targets. That is the good news. The bad news is as for sanctions, mandatory reconsiderations are under the direct influence of DWP Secretary of State, and are not independent. The initial benefit decision is supposed to be reviewed by a different Decision Maker, but  around 84% of initial benefit decisions are being upheld, which leaves a claimant with only one option: to appeal.

The problem is that very few people appeal, and it is obvious that Mandatory Reconsiderations and the Kafkaesque system put in place by DWP, which makes it as difficult as possible for a claimant to get some kind of justice, plus the mistakes and the incompetence of many DWP staff, constitute a real denial of justice. Let’s crunch some numbers:

Before the introduction of PIP in 2012, there were 3,253,810 DLA claimants, but only 71,744 appeals, which is 2,20%. Let’s remind ourselves that claimants could directly ask for an appeal and that DWP would lodge it on their behalf. Now let’s compare this situation with PIP today.

In 2016/2017, there are only 1,409,027 PIP claimants (and still 2,263,162 DLA claimants), and the number of Mandatory Reconsiderations is 669,000. This means that almost ½ the people undergoing a PIP assessment are dissatisfied with the outcome and ask for a Mandatory Reconsideration. Knowing that 80% of mandatory reconsideration upheld the initial PIP decision, you would expect around 535,200 PIP claimants lodging an appeal. In fact, the number is 104,205, which only 19% of the number of claimants expected to appeal.

But what needs to be done is to compare more directly the DLA and the PIP situation:

2012                       3,253,810 DLA claimants                                                                71,744 appeals

2017                       1,409,027 PIP claimants                 669,000 MR                         104,205 appeals

Without Mandatory Reconsiderations, the number of PIP claimants lodging an appeal would have been 669,000. If the level of overturned PIP decisions is maintained (64%), it means that 424,160 PIP claimants would have had a PIP decision overturned in their favour.

That is a real denial of justice.









 Posted by at 13:07
Mar 082018

Decades after Iceland’s ‘day off’, our women’s strike is stronger than ever

The Global Women’s Strike has evolved into a worldwide protest with myriad demands

Selma James

‘As a result of Poland and Argentina coming together, the International Women’s Strike was formed.’ Women march in New York, 8 March 2017. Photograph: E McGregor/Pacific / Barcroft


On the first day of the UN Decade for Women in 1975, the women of Iceland took the day off to demonstrate the importance of all their work, waged and unwaged, in the countryside and the city. Almost all women who were physically able came out of their homes, offices and factories, and even female television presenters were replaced on the screen by men holding children. Some 90% of women took part. They called it a day off but we at the International Wages for Housework Campaign called it a strike, and took as our slogan their placard which said: “When women stop, everything stops.”


Iceland was not international but it was of international significance. What moved them to strike had to be moving in the souls of women everywhere: the question was: when would it manifest itself?


In 1985, at the final conference of the UN decade in Nairobi, we had won the UN decision that unremunerated work at home, on the land and in the community should be measured and valued. We called Time Off for Women for 24 October and a number of countries joined us. But we could not sustain international action.


International Women’s Day: how can you support the global strike?


It was not until 1999 that Margaretta D’Arcy, a writer, anti-war and Irish Republican activist, called for a national strike of women in Ireland to mark the new millennium on 8 March 2000 and asked the Wages for Housework Campaign to support her call. I wrote to the National Women’s Council of Ireland, telling them that if they called the Irish women out on strike, we would make it global. They didn’t, but we did. We launched the Global Women’s Strike with Margaretta and women from a number of other countries at the UN in New York in 1999. In most of the 60 countries where women went on strike it was a celebration, not a mobilisation. But we were making a variety of demands. The first was: “Payment for all caring work – in wages, pensions, land and other resources.” What was more valuable than raising children and caring for others, we asked. “Invest in life and welfare, not military budgets and prisons.”


The more women went out to work, the harder it was to also be a carer, and what was most galling was the lower pay for doing a double day. Caring and pay equity have risen on the political agenda, as well as other injustices that women face, beginning with rape and domestic violence often going unpunished.


Two years ago, two important movements manifested themselves. In Poland women went on strike to stop anti-abortion legislation. They succeeded in getting the government to back down. In Argentina, following police inaction after the rape and murder of a number of women, hundreds of thousands took to the streets with the slogan Ni una menos (not one less). Their call for an end to femicide swept across Latin America and beyond. This spoke to a pervasive injustice – in the UK, for example, two women a week are killed by partners or ex-partners. As a result of Poland and Argentina coming together, the International Women’s Strike was formed last year and co-ordinated by Polish women. It was agreed that each group would determine their own demands. There were regular four-hour Skype calls (with English and Spanish translation) with women from more than 30 countries exchanging information about what they would be doing. In some countries, hundreds of thousands downed tools for some part of the day, had rallies and banged pots; in others, the events were smaller.


Selma James and male journalists at the launch of the Wages for Housework campaign in 1975. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images


Today, the idea of women massively withdrawing labour, waged and unwaged, is not a reality yet. The actions now are often overtly anti-racist and anti-every discrimination, anti-poverty, anti-war, anti-deportation and anti-imperialist, including in Trump’s US. They are always anti-violence. In Peru, the strike slogan is: “If our lives have no value, produce and reproduce without us!” Every sector brings its own concerns. Peruvian domestic workers are launching their petition: “A living wage for caring work – in your own home and other people’s.”


But how can you strike if you can’t risk being sacked or endangering those you care for? This has always been the dilemma, especially of the carer on whom vulnerable people depend. In countries such as Spain, where there is general recognition of the strike validity and even union backing, it’s easier for women to walk out for at least part of the day – hundreds of thousands are expected to do just that.


In the UK, where such support is not yet forthcoming, women can still publicise our situation and what we want changed in call-ins and letters to the press, returning from lunch even 10 minutes late, banging pots in the streets or at the window, as women in Spain did against the 2003 Iraq war.


The Global Women’s Strike is putting the family courts on trial for unjustly taking children from their mothers in a speak-out in the shadow of parliament; cleaners are demonstrating for a living wage; there is a sex work strike for decriminalisation in Soho; and a picket of Unilever in support of the Sisters of Rohingya’s call for disinvestment from Myanmar to end the rape and genocide there.


In Germany, another possibility to improve women’s lives has opened up, which we are bringing to the strike. Some 3.4 million members of the IGMetall union are winning the right to a 28- (instead of 35-) hour week for at least two years in order to care for children and elderly parents. This is what we can win when striking and care come together.


• Selma James is founder of the International Wages for Housework Campaign

Global Women’s Strike


25 Wolsey Mews, London NW5 2DX

020 7482 2496


 Posted by at 12:12
Mar 072018

Bromley JCP Protest
Bromley DPAC along with SE London Unite Community have organised a protest outside Bromley Job Centre Against Universal Credit For Wednesday 14th March 2018 12 noon until 2pm
Address Bromley Job Centre Plus
Unicorn house
28 Elmfield Road
Kent BR1 1NX

Nearest train station is Bromley South Station accessible from train platform to street level
Buses 61, 208,358,261,126,367,314 all Stop opposite the entrance to Bromley JCP
Lewisham JCP has now closed and half of Lewisham JCP are having to make longer journeys to Bromley causing additional financial hardship. Bromley JCP staff are struggling with the additional influx of claimants leading to backlogs of claimants claims being dealt with and payment delays
Universal Credit cannot be paused and fixed. It is causing poverty and homelessness to rise and causing further distress and harm with the abolition of the severe disability premium, meaning disabled people will be worse off by £2,000 per year
By 2022 it is estimated that 1 million children will be plunged further into poverty under Universal Credit
We are calling for Universal Credit to be stopped and Scrapped

Please support the protest

Facebook event link is here




 Posted by at 14:41
Mar 062018

8 March 2018 International Women’s Day


12-2pm, Old Palace Yard, Westminster, SW1P 3JY

(across from Parliament) All Welcome


Disabled mums will be joining with other mums to speak out and press for Support Not Separation from our children.

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Facebook event here. Follow us on Twitter @WomenStrike.





·        Abusing the law to snatch children from their mothers

·        Traumatising children through separation

·        Depriving children of breastfeeding

·        Denying mothers and children their legal right to support

·        Impoverishing mothers and children with austerity

·        Discriminating against single mothers & vulnerable families

·        Punishing victims of rape and domestic violence by taking the children we’ve tried to protect

·        Handing children to violent fathers

·        Valuing ‘experts’ over mothers

·        Holding secret hearings without public scrutiny

·        Gagging us so we can’t get community support

·        Deporting mothers, keeping their children

·        Taking children for profit

BRING YOUR CHARGES AND YOUR EVIDENCE! Part of International Women’s Strike events

 Posted by at 19:24
Mar 012018

As we campaign against Universal Credit, it’s important to remember the pitfalls of Universal Basic Income and why this isn’t an alternative vision of social security that we should be fighting for.

DPAC ally John Clarke from Ontario Coalition against Poverty sent this feedback from his recent trip to Vancouver where he was invited to talk about the dangers of support for UBI:

“I got back last night from Vancouver and what I saw and experienced there was quite incredible.  I saw appalling levels of poverty and destitution and inspiring resistance.

I was brought out to BC to give a talk at Simon Fraser University on the folly of left wing support for the neoliberal trap of basic income.  As in the UK, where Scottish pilot projects and interest in the policy by the Labour Party is giving progressive credibility to BI, moves by the NDP Government in BC, with the support of the Greens, poses similar dangers. The video of the session at SFU may be of interest to those who are challenging this neoliberal wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Posted by Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University on Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The homeless shelters in Toronto are bursting at the seams and the misery spills out onto the streets. However, the visible destitution on display in Vancouver is far worse than anything I have seen here or when I was back over in London. Yet, there is resistance. I was given the honour of speaking at a meeting of the residents of a homeless tent city that has been established and maintained for eight whole months. I held discussions on how a coast to coast movement to resist austerity and demand housing can be taken forward. It was truly a great trip that filled me with both anger and hope for the struggles ahead.”

To read DPAC’s position on Universal Basic Income, see: Concerns with UBI [Please note a full article with references will be coming soon.]

 Posted by at 22:41
Mar 012018

We’re sorry to announce that although we applied for an award for our efforts to facilitate greater political engagement by disabled people in our democratic process -even pointing out how we regularly bring groups of disabled people to the House of Commons – we failed to get an award this year. We have signed up however to get alerts about future events although surprsingly there was no category listing disability which is very disappointing. Maybe this indicates that politicians and civil servants don’t care about disability issues as we’ve always thought.

Still we’ll be making sure they do take more notice in the near future.

The rejecton letter -:


Many thanks for your entry to the pilot year of the Your UK Parliament Awards 2018.

The calibre of application was very high this year, with us receiving over 170 applications. The Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, was joined in judging the entries by Valerie Vaz MP; Victoria Prentice MP; Ronnie Cowan MP; Liz Moorse, the Chief Executive of the Association for Citizenship Teaching; and myself. The entire panel was extremely impressed with all of the applications for the awards and I would like to thank you on their and my behalf for all the hard work that you continue to do to engage people with their UK Parliament.

Unfortunately on this occasion your entry was not chosen as the winner. I would like to thank you for taking part in the competition, and for taking the time to tell us about the hard work that has gone in to making your contact great.

I wish you every success with your future projects and we look forward to hearing about them in next year’s competition!

Yours sincerely,

David Clark

Head of Education and Engagement

Houses of Parliament


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 Posted by at 20:11
Mar 012018

Please feel free to tweet all day and you can add the hashtag #bbcqt for tweeting tonight during BBC Question Time

#UniversalCreditCrimesAgainstClaimants UC is rotten to the core #StopandScrapUC

#UniversalCreditCrimesAgainstClaimants 7m households will be affected, including over one million low paid part-time workers.

#UniversalCreditCrimesAgainstClaimants UC has too many flaws to be simply paused and fixed – it must be stopped and scrapped

#UniversalCreditCrimesAgainstClaimants at least £15.8 billion has been wasted UC, yet only £1 billion will be saved by 2020.

#UniversalCreditCrimesAgainstClaimants No civilized Government should impose UC on its citizens

#UniversalCreditCrimesAgainstClaimants No credible opposition party should want to simply pause and fix UC

#UniversalCreditCrimesAgainstClaimants UC is claimed and managed digitally which is impossible for many disabled people

#UniversalCreditCrimesAgainstClaimants Health & Work conversations are mandatory, any failure to attend will lead to claim being closed

#UniversalCreditCrimesAgainstClaimants People in part time work could be forced to give up work that suits their Disability

#UniversalCreditCrimesAgainstClaimants UC has no Severe and Enhanced Disability Premiums- single disabled people lose around £2,000 pa

#UniversalCreditCrimesAgainstClaimants UC includes the vile rape clause – violating womens rights

#UniversalCreditCrimesAgainstClaimants UC was designed by IDS to punish people for the crime of being poor

Stop Universal Credit before it claims you #UniversalCreditCrimesAgainstClaimants

Letter to send to MPs about Universal Credit #UniversalCreditCrimesAgainstClaimants

Trapped in Universal Credit: How a broken leg left a woman starved of cash

Video Message from Paula Peters on how you can get involved in getting Universal Credit scrapped #UniversalCreditCrimesAgainstClaimants

Letter to send to MPs about Universal Credit #UniversalCreditCrimesAgainstClaimants

List of MPs Email Addresses #UniversalCreditCrimesAgainstClaimants

 Posted by at 14:42