The Hardest Hit rally, march and lobby on 11th May was an outstanding success, bringing disabled people, their families and other campaign supporters together with one clear voice.
But further action is needed. So the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) and the UK Disabled People’s Council (UKDPC) are working together to support Hardest Hit events across the UK on and around 22nd October.
Despite having promised to protect the most vulnerable, the Government is pressing ahead with swingeing cuts to benefits and services vital to the lives of disabled people. It is simply not listening to us. These events will let us come together again, across the UK to send a clear message: stop these cuts.
The events in October will have a local dimension, highlighting cuts to local services received by disabled people. However, the Welfare Reform Bill continues to be a key target, since it promises deep cuts to disability benefits including DLA/PIP and ESA. The Bill will be in the House of Lords in October and a strong showing by us will lend strength to the support from sympathetic Peers. It is also important that we continue to engage with MPs who need to understand the strength of opposition to the Government’s unfair cuts agenda.
Events will take place around 22nd October in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and across England.
As these events are confirmed, details will be posted here, so you can find out more about what is happening in your area and how to get involved.
You can also keep in touch at www.facebook.com/thehardesthit or join the debate on twitter using the hashtag #hardesthit