On the 11th May thousands of disabled people along with their families and friends will be marching against the government’s detrimental cuts to services and benefits which if not stopped will devastate the lives of disabled people across the UK.
· DLA will be cut by 20% (£2.17 billion) with possibly 700,000 disabled people losing much needed benefits as a result.
· Ending DLA mobility payments for those in residential care would leave 80,000 disabled people isolated in their homes.
· 400,000 disabled people will be hit as £2billion is cut by introducing a one year time limit for people receiving contributory Employment and Support Allowance in the Work-Related Activity Group.
· Many council funded projects to provide vital help and advise to disabled people are being forced to close meaning families will be left without help.
· Massive cuts within local council funding mean that many councils choose to support only disabled people whose needs are classified as critical. This will leave 100,000s without the essential services they need to maintain a decent standard of living.
On a personal note, my care budget has already been attacked by my local council. The borough tried to take away over half of my care package even though my needs had not changed. I took the borough to the High Court and after a great struggle my care was restored. I was lucky as I had the support of family and friends as well as the financial help from legal aid. Yet, legal aid services are now to be heavily cut and other disabled people may not have the support I had.
Therefore we all need to march and lobby against the cuts on 11th May to stop millions of disabled people’s lives being destroyed.
The March starts at 11.30 with a rally at Victoria Embankment near Horseguards Avenue followed by a march and a lobby of MPs.
Details and registration at: http://www.hardesthit.org.uk/