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Will Disabled People be worse off? Changing DLA to PIP

12 Mar
Disability Living Allowance Demonstration

Disability Living Allowance Demonstration

Ace is worried

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I am worried about PIP and how it will affect me and my family. I don’t know why they are changing DLA – I wish they would leave it as it is.

Malak is frightened about going for a DLA assessment

 ear1sml  I am frightened of having to go for a new assessment. Being asked lots of questions puts me under pressure and makes me anxious.

It's another attack on disabled people

 ear1sml  It feels like another attack on Disabled People and the cuts in our benefits. I don’t think they asked Disabled People to give their views on the changes. They don’t listen to us and our experiences.

We have to fight against the cuts

ear1sml  I’m worried that my means of getting out and about will be taken away and I’ll be stuck in the home, like a prisoner. We have to fight against being made poorer and not having a fair chance. We have to show how this affects our equal rights.

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Disabled people stop the traffic in protest!

13 Feb
Disabled people stop the traffic in London's Oxford Circus (28-01-2012) in protest of the governments cuts to welfare benefits
Disabled people stop the traffic in London’s Oxford Circus, 28th January 2012

 Ace is over the moon

Last Saturday I went to London with Annabel to join in an action about the cuts.

 

Annabel asks what a Power Changer is

  It was a demonstration against the cuts to disability benefits.  The cuts discriminate against disabled people.  We chained ourselves in a line across the road to stop the traffic.

Ace chained himself to other disabled people and they stretched across the road

We wanted to make people in Britain realise that the cuts are wrong and disabled people are suffering.

 

 

KickAss Maracas says it's really good to see disabled people being strong, clever and having disability pride.

I saw it on the news. What the government is doing makes me mad.  But it was really good to see disabled people being really strong, clever and having disability pride. 

Malak says It was great to see disabled people speaking up for our rights. You can watch it on the Guardian website.

I watched a film about it on the internet.  It was great to see disabled people speaking up for our rights.  You can watch it on the Guardian website: click here.

Disability benefit cuts – we won!

3 Jan

Ace is over the moon I am really over the moon that we won against the Government about the Mobility Allowance part of disability living allowance. The Government are not going to take away the Mobility Allowance from disabled people who live in residential care.

We wrote about this in our blod in May and in November 2011

We wrote about this in the blog in November 2011’s archive called, The Hardest Hit – Thousands march against disability benefits cuts. Annabel also went to London in May 2011 to protest about the cuts – see our blog in May 2011, Disability March on London!

 

KickAss Maracas says lets go party!

Congratulations everyone, we have won! Let’s go celebrate and have a party!

  

 

Annabel is proud of all disabled people who have spoken out against the cuts!

This shows how great it is that disabled people and our friends and family in Britain have spoken up for our rights and won!

The Hardest Hit – thousands march against disability benefit cuts

7 Nov

KA Maracas has been on a demonstration

KA says:

On Saturday 22nd October I went to a march in Leeds.

 

Leeds Hardest Hit demonstration 22nd October 2011

Leeds

 Ace

 Ace says:

What was it about?

 

Kick Ass Maracas

KA says:

It was about the disability benefit cuts.  It was a big success – over 400 people came. The speakers were Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Susan Hanley, Robyn Brockie, Paul Williams, Sheila Banks, Andy Smith, Steve Winyard and Tim McSharry. They all did a great job.

 

Malak was on holiday at the time

Malak says:

I was on holiday in Portugal but I saw it in the papers. I thought what a good job they did and I felt inspired that people with learning disabilities were speaking up for our rights.

KA

 

KA says:

It was widely reported on local TV, radio, in the papers and on the internet.

 Across the country over 5,500 people went to the 12 marches, sending a strong message to the government about cuts to disability benefits and services

Annabel says:

Across the country over 5,500 people went to the 12 marches, sending the strongest message to the government about cuts to disability benefits and services. I went to the one in Manchester, it was great! There were speeches and music. Cherylee Houston who is a disabled actress who plays Izzy in The Street was also there.

To find out more go to www.hardesthit.org.uk

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Here are some more photos from The Hardest Hit demonstrations around the country:

Bristol Hardest Hit demonstration 22nd October 2011

Bristol

Cardiff Hardest Hit demonstration 22nd October 2011

Cardiff

Edinburgh Hardest Hit demonstration 22nd October 2011

Edinburgh

Manchester Hardest Hit demonstration 22nd October 2011

Manchester

Norwich Hardest Hit demonstration 22nd October 2011

Norwich

 

Brighton Hardest Hit demonstration 22nd October 2011

Brighton

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Newcastle Hardest Hit demonstration 22nd October 2011

Newcastle

Benefit cuts to disabled people are wrong!

22 Feb
Powerchangers - speak out!

Speak out!

We all think it’s wrong that the government is cutting benefits, What are we going do about this mess?

Government cuts Mobility Allowance

7 Feb

Annabel says:

‘The government have decided to stop giving mobility allowance to disabled people who live in residential care. Here at the A Team we are worried about how this will effect disabled people. Joe who lives in residential care tells us about what he spends his mobility allowance on:

‘It pays for the upkeep of our minibus and petrol. One day I go for a massage, I go out with the others for a cup of coffee and one morning I go to college.’

He was asked how this will change when they lose their benefits:

‘It will mean we won’t be able to go out for drinks and treats, we will have to use buses and some of my friends will find it too hard to get on a bus. We won’t have a quality of life, we will be very miserable, bored and very very frustrated.’

 

 

Malak says:

‘This is going to be bad for a lot of disabled people, I don’t think it is fair!’

 

 

KA Maracas says:

‘So what are we going to do about it?’

 

 

 

Ace

Ace

Ace says:

‘Good question, I don’t mind as long as it doesn’t mess up my hair!’

 

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