DPAC Policy Statement


Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) was formed by a group of disabled people after the first mass protest against the austerity cuts and their impact on disabled people held on the 3rd October in Birmingham, England. 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 who refuses to stay silent about the injustices delivered by wealthy politicians on ordinary people and their lives.

The austerity measures however need to be seen in a wider historical context. Disabled people are an easy target because society has accepted the view that generally speaking disabled people are unable to fully participate within society due solely to our impairments. This view, supported through negative and pejorative stereotyping, distorts who we are and the causes of the disabling barriers we face.  Inappropriate and misleading labels such as “the disabled” or “vulnerable adults or children” reinforce prejudices and discrimination.

Disabled people are not “the disabled” – we are a diverse social group of people with a variety of impairments who continue to face unequal and differential treatment resulting from systems, structures and cultures which fail to take disabled people into account.  Disabled people are not, therefore, simply subjected to disablist language and imagery but also to combined forms of inequality and oppressive representation across the equality strands.


DPAC acknowledges there will be allies who will not share [all of] our views nevertheless we request that consideration is given to how they portray disabled people and our issues in the language and imagery they employ.

contact us mail@dpac.uk.net


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  17 Responses to “DPAC Policy Statement”

  1. I have been on Incapacity Benefit – attended 2 tribunals and on ESA in the Support Group so it could be said I am on long term illness _ Next week I am expected to attend an Health Assessment which goes against the Medical evidence Submitted to them – which states that this would be detrimental to my health. I am starting to suffer the ill / harmful affects of this already!!!

  2. The government are scrapping reassessments for long term illness claimants (great) so therefor the same should apply for PIP claimants with indefinite awards also should have their vehicles returned as they had lifetime DLA award

    • Normski, I couldn’t agree more! In Oct 2016, with no warning whatsoever, a man arrived at my home to collect my mobility car, as DWP had apparently stopped payments. I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THIS as it turned out my mail was being misdelivered (I live in a cul-de-sac, where the numbers are consecutive AND there is a number 13, just to add more confusion to the new postie) I had to go the full length right up to court. I hadn’t even managed to sit down before the judge said he would allow my claim. At this point, my benefit was re-instated, but changed from DLA to PIP, which, because they have a section on mental health where I scored no points at all (my problem is my spine and hips) I no longer qualify for a car. It took until May 2016 to get to tribunal. In October of 2016, the DWP did exactly the same thing with my ESA. Although they had to continue my payment whilst I again, had to go to tribunal, it also turned out that they had been underpaying my ESA by more than £200 a month, since November 2012!! All of this caused a huge strain on me and I became depressed, almost suicidal. My 3 children are the only reason I am still here (I am a single parent) Both times they stopped paying right before Xmas and I had to use a food bank. I still don’t qualify for a car – seemingly because I DON’T have mental health problems, but my condition has worsened considerably and I need to see my specialist again. However I have been putting it off as a) I’m worried my benefits will be stopped again while I have a medical review and b) because my last operation went wrong and nearly left me permanently in a wheelchair and I don’t want to risk another operation on my spine. I might not be so lucky next time. I wish the DWP could be made to see the mental, physical and emotional issues they cause. I also wish they could feel the pain that I am in, 24/7. Maybe then this sanctimonious dept will FINALLY understand what it is to be disabled.

  3. It is completely despicable the way the Government is persecuting the sick and suffering. It seems to me that it was politicians and bankers that screwed the economy but it’s disabled people that are being forced to pick up the tab. This really isn’t fair and really must be a breach of Human Rights.

    • I agree it seems now if your disabled the government are trying to kill you by stopping your money and making it impossible to exsist apparently our life’s are forfeit as many atos or maximes can kill the government will hold hands and dance on our graves as we do not deserve to live like everybody else I wish I could hit a button that would cure my illnesses but hey the government have found one who is next me you it doesn’t matter to them we are nothing but money they want back our lives are forfeit the government will not stop until we are all dead

    • If you want Human Rights then we have to demand them for everyone through these links, because the present UK Government has now recently told the UN that they have no intentions of ever fully complying with The International Bill of Human Rights, which has been legally binding on the UK since the 20th August 1976.

      Support it here https://goo.gl/rS4HKp for the World and here for the UK https://38d.gs/1zzrP1t Because even the so called European Convention of Human Rights and the UK Human Rights Act are not fully compliant with it. And our ‘Governments’ have gotten away with burying this for at least 40 years, although their intentions to do so, actually go back to 1945.

      • A Downes 7 Feb 2018

        Hello all, I’ve just read your view on the U.K.Government’s violation of Human Rights for over forty years.
        They do,however, demand sanctions on other countries, who have signed Human Rights treatise, and we hear a lot about other countries violations, every day in the media.
        I think that we have been conditioned to believe that we can’t access Human Rights, via the media and the government.
        We don’t think it’s really possible because of the way the media portrays anyone out of work.
        This has been reinforced in every day-to-day situation.
        Even by your own family members, whose thinking is shaped by the propaganda, regarding anyone who does not pay taxes. The government does not want you to think, or have compassion for the disabled and vulnerabal, they want you to pay taxes, and comply to their agenda.

    • Absolutely Correct. You want to read the report the UN has produced. This Tory Government is breaking all the rules in the book when cutting benefits for disabled people. The UN said that the UK government is not bothered and they are going make deep benefit cuts anyway. The UK is discriminating against UK citizens on the grounds of their disability. What a corrupt and sad Government in the UK.

  4. Solidarity forever, you been a massive inspiration to me during some Dark times with my Ulcerative Colitus Merry Christmas I am having a W.C.A today at 13.45.
    It as if Scrooge him self thought up this sick corrupt mess.
    Keep on keeping on we are stronger in ways they will never know , I am not going do without a fight for my rights.
    ‘The night is all way darkest before the Dawn.’

  5. I am very impressed by this site and the determination of those involved. My son is disabled and is desparate to overturn a decision which would have him fit for work. He isn’t and regretably never will be. His condition is deteriorating with the passing years. His appeal is shortly due to be heard and I feel so anxious for him.
    B. Potts

  6. I became ‘impaired’ myself while playing rugby at 15, a head on crash and a few overworking injuries later… I’m 59.

    I am still a Carer (even though still ‘impaired’ myself) now for my wife who is bed/chair bound (if you don’t like the language try the reality!).

    We just want to be left alone to live our lives our way in our time on our schedule.

    Being Welsh I have Dylan Thomas’s ‘Go not quietly’ running through my head. We will not go quietly, Warsaw Gheto shows the way, not the cattle trucks to …….


    P.S. Does anyone know of a ‘violent’ Quaker sect?

  7. @ admin2: I also prefer to call myself a disabled person, and if people try to ‘correct’ me or they seek further clarification, I say that I’m subjected to disability because I’m Autistic. I may have inherent ‘social issues’, but that they’re easily worked around by better empathy and understanding on the part of others.

  8. I am in the early stages of creating a theater piece from the testimonies of people being directly affected by the government’s cuts to benefits. If you have a story to tell, and would like to be a part of dispelling the ‘scrounger’ myth, I would love to hear from you.

    My email address isabelledaisymay@hotmail.co.uk



  9. I have asperger’s syndrome (a life long developmental disability) and OCD (a mental health disability, probably caused by my Asperger’s). I am pleased to have found a group that holds similar values to my own. The use of discriminatory language is a real headache that injures my sense of self. I particularly dislike the use of the phrase ‘suffering from asperger’s, OCD etc’, as this implies that the problem is always rooted within me, whereas it is often societal structures that prevent me from moving forward in my life. The cutbacks, for example, cause huge suffering and hardship, but this suffering should not be part and parcel of having a disability!

    • I completely agree with you Anna on the use of words such as “Suffering with”, in reference to all Disabled People.
      It would be a lot better and Discribe us Truly if others would refer to us as “Those Living With Disability, and or Disabilities”.
      We never hear anybody refered to as “Suffering with Good Health”, so why do others including those within the medical profession continue to use the phrase/terminoligy of our Suffering from?
      Many Disabled People “Suffer Pain” in one way or another, but continue to “Live their Lives and Manage this Pain” as best they can.
      I`m sure the vast Majority of People Living with Disability will Agree our “Biggest Pain” at present, and that which is to continue, is this “Demolition” gov`s Mis-Treatment of us All.
      “ScuMoron”, Nicky “No Mates” & their Co-Orts” need All Be Ashamed, and Removed from office ASAP <8

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