Cuts Kill Disabled People
A protest to highlight how austerity cuts, work capability assessments (WCA) and benefit sanctions are destroying disabled people’s lives is being held on Tuesday 18 July, 12.00 – 2.00pm outside St Mary’s House, Duke St, Norwich.
The demonstration is part of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) national day of action.
A spokesperson for DPAC Norfolk said: “through austerity cuts and the inappropriate use of testing and sanctions, claimants are being threatened and bullied in Job Centre’s, 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 our human rights”
The United Nations (UN) found the UK government guilty of violating the UN disability convention has revealed that its breaches of the human rights treaty were both “grave” and “systematic”.
The committee has concluded that the UK government has discriminated against disabled people across three key parts of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Most of the breaches – which were all under articles 19 (independent living), article 27 (work and employment) and article 28 (adequate standard of living and social protection) of the convention – were caused by policies introduced by Conservative ministers at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) between 2010 and 2015.
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 disabled people lose their lives. “
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About Equal Lives
Equal Lives is a user-led human rights organisation supporting all disabled people in Norfolk. It was formed in 1996 by groups of disabled people in Norfolk. The organisation is led by a Board of Trustees all of whom are disabled people and elected by and from its membership. The organisation undertakes a wide range of services including:
- Comprehensive advice that covers all Department of Work and Pensions benefits relating to illness and disability. We offer support, advice and information to families and carers of disabled people
- Providing advice and support to people considering or using Personal Budgets or Direct payments in Norfolk
- Support for vulnerable adults and juveniles detained in police custody
- Advocacy support for users of mental health services to make sure that their views and concerns are heard by others
- Advice and support to people considering or using Direct Payments in Suffolk with our Suffolk Independent Living service
- Projects and activities with our membership and others to work towards achieving Equal Lives