Hardest Hit North East: Conference on the impact of cuts on disabled people

The Hardest Hit North East Coalition are holding a conference on 1 June 2012 that will consider ways to take action against government cuts and examine their impact on people in the region. The event is free to disabled people, their carers and those from charities or Trade Unions. Register your place now!

Event Details

Have you been hit by welfare and benefit cuts, or through changes to local services? Are you concerned about cuts making tackling disability hate-crime more difficult, or wider reforms like changes to support towards housing cost and council tax meaning the disabled could miss out? Are you a carer, someone who works with or alongside those affected by these changes?

If so, please come along to this event to help build our region’s response to an ongoing programme of cuts falling on disabled people. Listen to people tell their own stories about how the cuts have affected them and find out more about what we can do to try and stop disabled people being hit harder than society as a whole.

Venue: Banqueting Suite & Pandon Room, Newcastle Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8PP

Date and Time: 1 June 2012, 9:00am-4:30pm

Cost: The event is free to disabled people, their carers and those from charities or Trade Unions. If you would like to attend as a visitor from a commercial or public sector organisation there is a small charge, please email Stephen Powers at northeast@hardesthit.org.uk to find out more about your organisation exhibiting or to be invoiced for a £25 Public/Commercial visitor place.

To register, use our online registration form or email northeast@hardesthit.org.uk

Event supported by Disability Charities and Trade Unions working together as the Hardest Hit North East Coalition

11 thoughts on “Hardest Hit North East: Conference on the impact of cuts on disabled people

  1. Thank you for the Conference, at least I know I am not the only one facing Disability Hate Crimes, but was totally shocked by the amount going on, just tip of the iceberg. Will definately see what I can do to help other.

  2. if there will be more regional events count me and my family in. it states on dwp website about 25000 cap initially being implemented through housing benefit caps by local authorities. Yet it also states that households with a disabled tenant will not be affected by the 25000 cap. this is before the universal credit is bought in. I am a fulltime carer for my wife who is severely disabled,my adult disabled daughter,I have a 17 year old daughter at 6th form a 12 year old who is at school and is also been seen for a bleeding disorder at birmingham childrens hospital. our housing benefit is been cut,already by £15 a week and a further £76 a month in the autumn,making nearly £900 a year shortfall. We went to CAB,shelter,they are wondering wether to start campaighning. there is no social housing,when we had our family,my wife was able and worked as did I. you dont know what is round the corner. we have taken it up with our MP,who is conservative,we have pointed out,that we are been capped,as it says on DWP website,yet we should be exempted,the MP is looking in to it.What is going to happen as time goes on,we dont know. SO we want to be pro active.we went to the notts rally last year,some twits thought we were the rioters ,what does that say.On behalf of my wife.

    • Hi, sorry for the delay in responding to your comment. Competing pressures from various jobs have stopped me checking this website in about a week. Just to confirm, yes the conference is free to disabled people and carers.

      Best Wishes

      The Hardest Hit Team

  3. Please can you arrange one for the South/South East my daughter is waiting to hear whether she will still get disability,she says if she could still work she would,but she is in pain constantly and lives on morphine,the waiting is upsetting all of us.

    • Hi Ann

      We are hoping to organise more regional Hardest Hit events in other parts of the country later this year and there are plans in the works for something big in October. We will update the Hardest Hit website and Facebook page as soon as more details have been confirmed.

      Best Wishes

      The Hardest Hit Team

  4. I am 100% behind you, i have had so many problems with benefits, carers my so called payroll company, god i could go on.
    The one bug bare i have the amount of money they have increased if you need a carer is astronomical, i used to get 30 hrs per month, now i get 18 hrs per month, but i still have to pay £ 34.69 per week i am ANGRY not just for me, but for all the other disabled people that cannot afford it.
    So is there any chanc of you bringing your event to the south east, i live in Eastbourne and believe me there is a lot of angry people here, please help us.
    With thanks and hope
    Maria Wootten

    • Hi Maria

      Thanks for your support for the campaign! We are hoping to organise more regional Hardest Hit events in other parts of the country later this year, please email southeast@hardesthit.org.uk if you would be interested in helping to plan something in your area. We will update the Hardest Hit website and Facebook page as soon as details of other events have been confirmed.

      Best Wishes

      The Hardest Hit Team

  5. i would love to come but i’m in the midlands and would find it difficult to get there and back as i have had my benefit changed from incapacity to employment support allowance and really dont understand why this has happened and how it is going to affect me other than i have lost about £10 a week, as its been reduced due to the change.
    yours sincerely
    Ronan Marshall

    • Hi Ronan, sorry to hear about the unexpected change to your benefit allowance, please email info@hardesthit.org.uk if you require further information on the government’s reform of Incapacity Benefit into Employment Support Allowance. We are hoping to organise more Hardest Hit events in other parts of the country later this year and will post details on this site as they are confirmed.

      Best Wishes

      The Hardest Hit Team

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