On 2 August disabled people, including those affected by welfare cuts and workers at the threatened Remploy factories in Ashington and Newcastle held a protest outside the North Tyneside Department for Work and Pensions office during a visit by the Secretary of State Iain Duncan-Smith.
We sent a loud and clear message that disabled people will stand up for themselves. They are not ready to simply accept being forced into poverty and crisis by the unjust reforms of the Department for Work and Pensions.
Peter Bennetts, from South Shields, who is himself registered blind said; “The closure of the Remploy factories and flawed Work Capability Assessment highlighted this week are just two ways the government’s decisions are having a huge impact on the lives of disabled people. The further £10 billion of cuts that are planned in the next Comprehensive Spending Review will only make our lives even more difficult. We protested today on behalf of all disabled people in the North East.”
The Secretary of State did not stop to speak to the disabled people there who had gathered to lobby him during his visit.