12 Days Remaining

Friday 2nd
posted by Morning Star in Britain

by Felicity Collier

PARALYMPIC heroes were among tens of thousands of people and 80 charities who signed a letter to all political parties protesting against cuts to disability benefits.

Welfare reforms have resulted in cruel cuts to benefits or loss of them altogether, charities in the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) said.

MS Society policy manager Laura Wetherly, who also cochairs the DBC, said: “Today, thousands of people across the UK are sending a loud and clear message to our politicians that the current welfare system doesn’t make any sense.

“Too many disabled people have been stripped of the security and stability they need to live independent lives.

“The next government must make sure no further cuts are made to disability benefits so that disabled people can rely on support without the constant fear of having it taken away.”

Paralympians Kadeena Cox and Anne Wafula Strike MBE were among those who signed the letter, which attacks cruel benefit assessments and personal independence payments (PIP).

The switchover from disability living allowance to PIP in 2013 has resulted in many people being rejected for the new benefit when reassessed.

But in two-thirds of appeals the decisions are overturned.

And around 50,000 people have had specially adapted motability vehicles taken away.

New claimants have also had £30-a-week to their employment and support allowance.

Disabled People Against Cuts will be holding a Trash the Tories protest in Maidenhead from 2pm tomorrow to highlight the devastating effects Tory policies have had on disabled people.