DPAC is about disabled people and their allies. DPAC is UK based but we know that disabled people in other countries are suffering from austerity cuts and a lack of fundamental rights. We welcome all to join us in fighting for justice and human rights for all disabled people.

Disabled people should not be the scapegoats for the financial mistakes of governments, should not be constantly told that there is no money to support them by millionaire politicians.  We will not tolerate further erosion of our living conditions or our human rights, nor will we sit quietly while they try to take our rights away.

DPAC was formed by a group of disabled people after the 3rd October 2010 mass protests against cuts in Birmingham, England. 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 co-founders are the original Disabled Peoples’ Protest organisers. Leading coordinator Linda Burnip was instrumental in getting disabled peoples’ voices heard and disabled people represented at the protest, along with, Sam Brackenbury, Bob Williams- Finlay, Tina Hogg, Debbie Jolly, Eleanor Lisney, Pete Millington, Dave Lupton,  and most important of all: all those that marched in the pouring rain on October the 3rd, all those that joined the virtual protest, and all those that supported us with email campaigns and messages when the march was threatened: all made DPAC a reality.

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. It is for everyone against government austerity measures which target the poor while leaving the wealthy unscathed. It is for everyone who refuses to stay silent about the injustices delivered by wealthy politicians on ordinary people and their lives.

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  1. My husband has a registered industrial injury and 18 months ago was forced to go long term sick because of it. With waiting lists on the NHS etc he has still not been treated but is finally on the waiting list for surgery which will happen ‘sometime’ after 26th September. His employers do not pay sick pay so he received SSP until October 2012, since then he has had no income at all – he has been turned down for everything because I worked 24 hours a week. But here’s the rub. I have my own disability and, aware the stress of all this was leading towards a significant relapse, I have been asking for help. I loved (note the past tense) my job and I wanted to keep it. The answer all the way down the line from all government departments was “no, you are not entitled” or “no, there is nothing we can do.” In April my son was taken seriously ill and my health collapsed. I was signed off long term sick with a major relapse. When, if, we ever receive any kind of benefits it will cost the country a whole lot more than it would have done to help us out by preventing my relapse, or by keeping waiting lists down so that hubby can have his surgery and get back to work. The insult to this injury is that now we are considered the scum of the earth, ne’re do wells out to defraud the hard working tax payer and so on. This rhetoric has to stop. It is (to me) barely different to the type of rhetoric the Nazis used against the Jews (and anyone else that didn’t fit their ‘ideals.’) They were held up as the reason for all the ills of the country and now the government would have ordinary healthy people believe that those who are sick (regardless of how much they paid into the system over their working lives) are the same: a drain on society when society cannot afford it. And this is England?

  2. The War in Afghanistan has cost the British Government 17 Billion pounds, that is on top of the amount we budget every year for our Military, and we are going to be in Afghanistan for years, so the total will EXCEED
    20 Billion, and we are cutting the Benefits to Disabled people, and we are only getting a 1% increase for the next three years, how much of an increase are these CROOKED MPs going to get.
    This Dictatorship of a government we have at the moment treat us Disabled like VERMIN. I believe what they are doing is GENOCIDE of the poor, disabled, pensioners, unemployed. They tell us that WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, they must think we are all thick like our Crooked MPs. Vodafone
    was due the Customs & Excise SEVEN BILLION, but the Chief Executive Crook that is in charge of the Customs, Excise & Revenue allowed them to get away with not paying the money. Philip Green does not pay Tax, and numerous Multinational Companies in the UK pay no tax, but they contribute to Political Parties, that allows they to get away with not paying taxes in the UK.
    So again the Disabled, Pensioners, Unemployed must subsidise these CROOKS. This Nazi Government is trying to exterminate us. Electricity and Gas has just gone up by over 7%, food is going up, petrol is going up, Council Tax is increasing, they are cutting Housing Benefit and we are all getting POORER AND POORER. This is nothing but GENOCIDE on the poor in the UK.

  3. Atos are orginally from Europe it would be interesting if anyone could find out their history for example do they use Eugenics testing and have they any historic connection to the Nazis

  4. Hi
    I have just started looking into ESA and the soon to arrive PIP reforms,I am alarmed to find so many false facts in the impact assessments for these benefits,it states no impact will be made to anyone’s health yet I have read that 32 people a day are dying from the results of ATOS medicals.
    I can believe this as my benefit will stop in November and then will be subject to the farce of the PIP assessment so I can only assume that by then we will be homeless and my only option would be self euthanasia,do they not realize that its not just the disabled people who are suffering but the family and friends of these people that are taking their own lives,and not forgetting many of their partners are hard working tax payers that are being punished.

  5. i have had to come on benefits because of work related injuries which have now left me disabled in the short time i have been on benefits i have been treated with nothing but contempt and distain and i have paid my tax and ni for this i now have my eyes open and have decided this government are little more than cowards picking on the weak to pay for the riches greed and corruption they have used the media to label all as scroungers and the public have fallen for it i for 1 will not be accepting this cowardly deplorable treatment and i hope the poor people of our country will keep their pride and stand together against these cowardly attacks

  6. Reference: Human Rights Abuse and DWP Government Department failure in delivery of government services across government for the visually impaired people

    I am writing to you to let you know of what could be described as a complete, utter failure, shambles of the government policy concerning breaches in ethical behaviour, human rights of visually impaired and blind vulnerable members of society.

    It would seem that councils have been terminating funding for advocacy services for the blind and visually impaired due to central government policy of cutting the councils grant funding. In clear terms this means that visually impaired or blind people can no longer have access to benefits, court services, medical services, and other legal rights to be part of society. Currently these services are core services and are considered to be part of core statutory requirements of government which cannot be contracted out of. There are no other services which can replace them either in the charity sector or otherwise.

    The key areas of interest are to understand that the government mistakenly feel that they would be saving money by cutting this funding. However if funding by local authorities are not restored each government department such as the DWP,Tribunials services, court services, medical services will be required under law to provide these services individually at greater cost to meet their statutory undertaking. Evidence suggests that court services can no longer hear cases with faculty disabled people as they are no longer able to fund advocacy requirements for visually disabled people. The tribunals service in surrey have openly admitted that cases would be biased and no legal due procedure under UK law could be undertaken. This comes after unresolved funding settlements with civil servants over tribunal funding in Surrey.

    The DWP now cannot common sensibly communicate with visually impaired people over benefits and seek to push the cost of providing an advocate to the tribunals service in the hope they will have funding (They don’t).The RIBA continues to lobby the government as the DWP is sending letters to blind people which cannot be accessed for purposes of benefits.Atos is also trying to escape the funding of advocacy assessments for DLA as it had no budget put in place for such eventuality. Clearly both in government and primary contractors are trying to deliver services unethically in breach of contract, oath of government, or ministerial code.

    It is understood that further cuts to the National blind colleague in Hereford are also affecting the chances of younger people live independently leaving the local authorities greater costs in support of vulnerable people.

    Clearly the situation suggests that the ministers Chris Greyling and Ian Duncan Smith are accelerating the social and economic costs of welfare across government by ill judged and uninformed quasi cost saving measures. Whilst contractors like Atos are ill prepared to deal with social issues or costs and as a result are trading unethically by a number of benchmarks. Clearly the DWP is just passing costs onto the next government department without dealing with them internally accelerating the cost of welfare to the central tax pool.

    The impression is that both these ministers are simply failing in everything they have done and no longer fit for purpose.

  7. To all those going Through “Personalisation” Please remember as disabled people we can disrupt the whole process, if we wait in the vain hope for Labour and Millibands mob to give a damn we will be waiting for a long time…….. Face Facts politicians never really give a shit about disabled people (Jack Ashley, Tony Benn, and Dennis Skinner) are the exceptions that come to mind, but as regards the rest, well I am NEVER going to trust any of them again!

    Get Angry, Organise, Utalise your collective knowledge, Challange this Bo**ocks, YOU and only YOU can change this!!!

    I was born in Leicester, and I NEVER thought that people from my place of birth would give up so easily!
    So stop bein’ “MARDY ARSED!” and fight this any way you can…. Good Luck….. NEVER GIVE UP!

  8. Hi My name is Eric
    I am typing a reply to you John Personalisation process I think it is a very good thing because you can spent some of the money that you would get on different things you would like to do during the day but not all of it. Hope to hear from soon you John Hargrave could you give me your email address Eric Email is DJ.smoothe@yahoo.co.uk

    Yours Sincerely

    From Eric

  9. All of us, at the Douglas Bader Centre in Leicester, and beyond, will soon go through a ‘Personalisation’ process, that will see our present care provision slashed by 30%. To add insult to injury, we are going to ‘means tested’ too.
    What ever is the world coming to? Here we are in the 21st century and the greedy, sticky little fingers of Cameron and Clegg (and Osbourne) steal our pennies to put with the bankers pounds.Where is Milliband and the Labour movement, they should be thumping their desks in protest, but we can hear a feather drop.
    Please can someone set their alarm clocks for them, before it is too damn late. Are you listening politicians, I guess not!

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