Riven started a fantastic thread in Chat with the very pertinent point that this applies to everyone, that every one of us could be just one step from disability themselves.
There is NOTHING in the media about this. These proposals could mean poverty for the disabled and their families in this country. It could leave some in residential care completely isolated from their families and support networks through the removal of the mobility component.
My family has already been hit three times through the NHS, education and aiming high, via the cuts, if they now remove the money from our pockets we are going to be in a heat or eat situation.
Please MNHQ do something, as many are oblivious to these proposals and what they will mean, including those who themselves already claim DLA.
I need to claim DLA for myself really, my body is deteriorating at a rate of knots but I'm not going to bother, most days I look and move around fine so any assesment I had would be useless. People with invisable 'inside' ilnesses are going to be hit hard.
So at 39 weeks pregnant with an ASD son who is resistant to crowds, noise and walking marching isn't something I see myself doing in the next few weeks however would there be alternative forms of protesting that could be more disability accessible?
I haven't thought this through but something along the lines of if there is a question time type phone in or debate on some other less urgent topic causing disruption by absolutely blocking all the phone lines, and bombarding emails with the same DLA related questions?
I'm rubbish at doing links but could someone who isn't post this thread again in some others to get even more attention? As Glitters did? I bet we'd get support from some in the politics and feminism sections for instance.
I agree Riven - we need journos on this, and get as much momentum as possible.
I think marching is good but other forms of peaceful protest like sit ins and news worthy stuff are needed if possible.
Just read through some more of the One Month Before Heartbreak blog. Brings home the reality of how this will affect so many and literally make many disabled people prisoners in their own homes, rather than being more independent as the proposed ruling would have us believe.
Oh and to reiterate some stats I use a lot (some are in Guardian article)
DLA- Governmenta ssessment is a 0.5% fraud rate
40% underclaimed (again, state figures)
20% cut will = a minimum of 15% odf people losing it being eligible but as they are altering criteria (eg reducing to 2 lvels instead of current 3 for care) these will be invisible. And alrgely those least able to argue for themselves: people with ASD after all hardly known for their tolerance of crowds in a protest!
if you lsoe DLA you also lose carer's Allowance for your carer, which would eman the carer lost their income; they may be registered then as unemployed with a compulsory attendance at schemes, training etc- if they do nto attend they will ahve their benefits stopped. LOSING DLA DOES NOT MEAN YOU LOSE THE DISABILITY, ONLY ACCESS TO HELP TO COPE WITH IT. (Sorry to shout). I foresee many of the famillies who lose it will end up inpenury as there still is virtually no childcare of flexible enough jobs for famillies with a disabled child; ytou could litera;lly end up outside the system quite easily.
"First, they came for the 'scroungers', and I did not speak out, because I had a job. (People lost their homes and child poverty soared, but I was OK).
Next, they came for the students, and I did not speak out, because I wasn't a student. (It put lots of people off university and the mountain of debt that they would inherit, but I was OK)
Next, they came for disabled benefits, and I did not speak out, because I was not disabled. (Poverty/ depression for carers soared, independence was lost, but I was OK)
Next, they came for the bankers
Next, they came for the NHS, and the teachers, and the public sector but I did not speak out, because I earn enough to pay for private education and healthcare. (Everything imploded in public services, but I was OK)
And then, my husband left me, I lost my job, I lost my house, developed a long-term illness, my child got hurt in an accident, I had a breakdown...and I was not OK. But nor was anybody else.By that stage, who had the energy left to care?"