Disabled are fighting back

Disabled People against the Cuts and their supporters hit back at the government’s attack on benefits.

Their target was ATOS, who carry out medical assessments to determine whether claimants on disabled living allowance are fit for work and whose main priority is to slash the amount paid out to the disabled. The suicides, homelessness and despair which result from a failed appeal were graphically illustrated by the large crowd who closed off the main artery of Cardiff, Castle Street, by lying across the road and blocking it with their bodies and wheelchairs in an hour long die-in. Each had their own moving story to tell of the devastating effect of losing their lifeline to independent living when their allowance was cut. Even the police were affected by the harrowing personal stories of suffering and they allowed the traffic to be redirected away from the castle. Why did I lie down and stop the traffic in support of the disabled people? Because my family too had been touched by the government’s draconian policies. Backed into a corner, disabled people have begun to fight back because, like the Chartists, like the suffragettes, like the poll tax protesters, they could see no other way.

Ray Davies, Pandy Road, Bedwas

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3:34pm Tue 4 Sep 12

Mervyn James says...

ATOS are evil basically. The sheer hypocrisy of 'sponsoring' the paralympics while they remove eligibilities for participation is outrageously discriminatory. They are being paid £200m to drive disabled to the wall, and are responsible for 32 deaths this year by disabled committing suicide or forced to work when they were not able, some had terminal illness and were bed-ridden, but still had allowances and support removed. The chancellor attended the medal ceremony and was booed on stage by participants, they have no shame whatever.
ATOS are evil basically. The sheer hypocrisy of 'sponsoring' the paralympics while they remove eligibilities for participation is outrageously discriminatory. They are being paid £200m to drive disabled to the wall, and are responsible for 32 deaths this year by disabled committing suicide or forced to work when they were not able, some had terminal illness and were bed-ridden, but still had allowances and support removed. The chancellor attended the medal ceremony and was booed on stage by participants, they have no shame whatever. Mervyn James

7:05pm Tue 4 Sep 12

BunnyMatthews says...

Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families.

http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/20968

People's own Doctors to do Medical Examinations.

http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/28740
Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families. http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/20968 People's own Doctors to do Medical Examinations. http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/28740 BunnyMatthews

7:55am Wed 5 Sep 12

Mervyn James says...

Petitions online are ineffective and pointless. Cameron won't look at a a petition unless it contains 100,000 signatures, no-one part from the motorist lobby has ever had that, and they were ignored. It is better to lobby the Assembly via a petition as they do not require 100,000 and there is more chance of discussion. However, the Assembly has NO POWER to influence ATOS or the benefits system, that power remains in London, they know Wales would reject it.
Petitions online are ineffective and pointless. Cameron won't look at a a petition unless it contains 100,000 signatures, no-one part from the motorist lobby has ever had that, and they were ignored. It is better to lobby the Assembly via a petition as they do not require 100,000 and there is more chance of discussion. However, the Assembly has NO POWER to influence ATOS or the benefits system, that power remains in London, they know Wales would reject it. Mervyn James

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