Hardest Hit campaigning in 2011

Photo of the large Hardest Hit banner at the front of the march in May, 2011

Many thousands of people got involved with the Hardest Hit campaign last year helping to raise the profile of disability benefits issues and keep pressure on Parliamentarians to make important changes to the Welfare Reform Bill which included the saving of mobility benefits for people living in residential care homes and a u-turn on government plans to increase the qualifying period for PIP from three to six months

11 May 2011

On the first anniversary of the Coalition Government an estimated 8000 people marched through central London to warn the government that public spending cuts will push disabled people over the edge.

Many travelled by coach and by train from as far a field as Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the south west to take part in an event that was hailed as the biggest gathering of disabled people in the UK ever.

22 October 2011

Disabled people, their families and friends took to the streets in cities across the UK to protest against cuts to essential support for disabled people.

The protests took place one year on from the Comprehensive Spending Review where the Government promised to protect the most vulnerable when making cuts, and as the Welfare Reform Bill, which will significantly reduce support for disabled people, continued to move through Parliament.

13 December 2011

The Hardest Hit disabled choir wished “Merry Christmas Government Grinches” with a giant Christmas card calling for fairer benefits that was signed by over 23,000 people.

The card, designed by the political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe was hand delivered to Number 10 Downing Street and the Department of Work and Pensions, calling on David Cameron and Nick Clegg to protect the basic rights of disabled people. Photos of the event are available on the Hardest Hit webpage.