Archive | May, 2011

Disability March on London!

23 May
10,000 Disabled People March on London protesting cuts to disability benefits and services - May 2011

20,000 Disabled People March on London - May 2011

 
Annabel

Annabel says:

“Recently I went London to join with about 20,000 Disabled People to attend a march in Westminster.

“The march was about cuts to benefits including the mobility part of Disability Living Allowance and to other disability services.

“It felt great to be with other Disabled People to speak up for our Rights.”

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David Askew and his family

3 May
David Askew

David Askew

Annabel

Annabel says:

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (called the IPCC for short) is a group who look into it when someone says they haven’t had a good service from the police or when there has been a big problem like someone dies. Their job is to look into it and come up with ideas about how to stop the same problem from happening again.

The IPCC have been looking at the case of David Askew and his family. After Mr Askew died it became clear that the family had reported being bullied to the police many times. 

 

KA Maracas

K.A.Maracas says:

The IPCC have finished their report about what happened and they have said:

 1. The police did not name the ways the family were at risk because of their disabilities

2. The police did not name the bullying as disability hate crime

3. The police and the other organisations (like social services) did not work together to help the family

4. The police and the other organisations did not deal with the bullies and stop them from behaving badly. 

Ace Man

 Ace says:

It is good that the IPCC have said this and it interesting that the same things were said about the Fiona Pilkington and Frankie Hardwick case. 

   
Malak
 

Malak says:

Who is Fiona Pilkington and Frankie Hardwick? 

   Ace Man 

Ace says:

The Pilkington case is very important because it was in the news and a lot of people were very shocked about what happened.   

   
KA Maracas
 

K.A.Maracas says: 

Yes, because it made a lot of people realize that we have to do something about disability hate crime.   

 
Malak
 

Malak says:

So what happened to them? 

 

Ace ManAce says:

Fiona Pilkington and her disabled daughter Frankie Hardwick were bullied. They put up with years of harassment and verbal abuse from local young people. They reported it to the police but nothing was done to protect them. In 2007 they killed themselves. 

Fiona Pilkington and her daughter Frankie Hardwick

Fiona Pilkington and her daughter Frankie Hardwick

Malak
 

Malak says:

We want all hate crimes to stop – right now! We want all victims to be able to speak up and get help!

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