A demonstration to highlight how benefit sanctions and Work Capability Assessments (WCA) regime is destroying disabled people’s lives is being held outside St Mary’s House, Duke St, Norwich 12.30 – 2pm tomorrow, Tuesday 25 October 2016. A pop-up protest will take place at 11.30am on the footbridge over Grapes Hill.
This timely demonstration coincides with the release of the Ken Loach film, I Daniel Blake, which highlights the ‘conscious cruelty’ of WCA and the Sanctions regime. You can find out more about the film here: https://www.theguardian.com/film/i–daniel-blake
Last month the Government announced the scrapping of the retesting of some people with long term conditions but Equal Lives and DPAC Norfolk are calling on them to scrap the discredited tests altogether.
Mark Harrison, CEO of Equal Lives said “through the inappropriate use of assessments and sanctions, disabled people and people with long term health conditions are being driven to destitution and some to suicide. This is a life and death question and the public need to know the scale and details of this violation of disabled people’s human rights”
Jonathon Moore, Chair of Equal Lives said “sanctions are an injustice against people who face disabling barriers that have led to unnecessary benefit related deaths. They need to stop immediately before more people lose their lives. “
We need to stand together and fight decisions at Equal Lives since April we have supported 128 people with appeals, 43 of these have been to appeal ESA decisions, 25 of these have been overturned and we are still awaiting outcomes for several others. Over the last financial year we were successful in 75% of cases. What does that say about the system? If you need support with appeals see our helpful information about this here: http://equallives.org.uk/info-and-advice/welfare-and-benefits/challenging-decisions-when-youre-unhappy/