Hundreds of disabled people took to the streets of Newcastle on Saturday 27 October and also held a vigil in Sunderland on the evening of Friday 26 October to protest against cuts to disability support.
Peter Bennetts, 56, who spoke at today’s rally said: “The examples used in the Government’s consultation on PIP imply that I could lose support because I can get to familiar places on my own, but when you can’t see there is no such thing as a ‘familiar journey’. It can change at any time because of things like travel disruption or street works. They also seem to think that over time it becomes easier and cheaper to live with sight loss. But this is just not true. I’ll always need extra help with everyday living and the price of that isn’t going down.”
Henri Murison, RNIB Regional Campaigns Officer said: “Disabled people in the North East are at a tipping point because the financial and human cost of cuts to benefits is far too high. Disabled people have already endured £9 billion worth of spending cuts nation-wide in this Parliament, and the Government has recently announced its intention to cut a further £10 billion from the welfare budget.
Cuts are already pushing many disabled people into poverty, ill health and isolation and we are calling on the Government to rule out further cuts to disability benefits and support in the next budget and spending review, and to ensure that they take action to make new benefits like Personal Independence Payment and Universal Credit as fair as they can be for disabled people.”