Direct Action Against the Tories, October 3rd from 11.30 am meeting outside Birmingham Council House, Victoria Square then moving elsewhere.
Fed Up of Conference speeches and MPs lying?
Join Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) for some targeted resistance and direct action in Birmingham- see our fantastic new and very, very large banner and listen to the very loud strains of our Big Band which will create a wall of noise to drown out the drivel from May.
See our death shrouds hot from their art show viewing in Norwich.
The very first DPAC protest against the cruelty of Tory austerity took place 8 years ago when we warned of the dire impact Tory cuts would have on the lives of disabled people.
We spoke then of a country resembling a third world state but even we could never have imagined just how bad things would be. The UN has found the Tories guilty of the grave and systematic violation of disabled people’s human rights and has described our treatment at the mercy of the Tories as “a human catastrophe.” In spite of this we fight on and will continue to highlight the plight of disabled people and the treachery and cruelty of the Tories whenever we can.
A DPAC spokesperson says “ after years of enduring many thousands of disabled people being driven to their deaths prematurely by the hostile environment the Tories have created we know we must still fight back or be crushed.”
Notes to editor
DPAC storming parliament –again https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/24/disability-campaigners-clash-with-police-inside-commons-over-benefit-cuts
DPAC was formed by a group of disabled people from the West Midlands after the 3rd October 2010 mass protests against cuts in Birmingham. The 3rd October saw the first mass protest against the austerity cuts and their impact on disabled people-It was led by disabled people under the name of The Disabled Peoples’ Protest.
DPAC is for everyone who believes that disabled people should have full human rights and equality. It is for everyone that refuses to accept that any country can destroy the lives of people just because they are or become disabled or have chronic health issues.
Disabled people have borne the brunt of cuts both to their living standards and to the right to live independently in the community following savage cuts to social care budgets and the closure of the Independent Living Fund.
1 million older disabled people are missing out on social care funding and figures from the annual ADASS survey suggest that by the end of 2018/19 cuts to social care funding will total £7 billion since 2010. Councils are facing bankruptcy.
Employment and Support Allowance assessments have caused the deaths of many thousands of people through the hostile environment approach to benefit claimants. Coroners have warned the government that is happening and yet they continue with this atrocious policy.
A study by the National Audit Office (NAO) found that the Department for Work and Pensions is handing over £1.6bn over the next three years to private contractor, Maximus who carry out the controversial health and disability assessments
700 disabled people a week have lost Personal Independence Payments and had their cars removed leaving them trapped at home or unable to work. Some have also had wheelchairs and mobility scooters repossessed.
The total payout for Atos and Capita who carry out these assessments saw a 19% increase on 2016’s figures, as the DWP spent its highest amount on PIP since its launch in 2013.The figures came after The Press Association revealed in 2017 that Atos and Capita were set to be paid more than £700 million for their five-year contracts –against an original estimate of £512 million – prompting accusations that the DWP were “rewarding failure.”
Disabled people receiving state benefits have been hit with 1 million sanctions in less than a decade, while a comprehensive analysis of the treatment of unemployed disabled claimants shows they are up to 53% more likely to be sanctioned than claimant who are not disabled.