Hardest Hit Day of Action
HARDEST HIT DIARY NOTE for event on Saturday 22 October 2011
UK cities set for disabled people's protest – HARDEST HIT Day of Action
WHAT: Disabled people, their families and friends taking to the streets in cities across the UK protesting against Government cuts to disability benefits and services. This takes place one year on from the Comprehensive Spending Review that revealed the Government’s intention to slash public spending.
WHEN: 22 October 2011
WHERE: Protests are planned across the UK, including Edinburgh, Cardiff, Leeds, Nottingham, Brighton, Manchester, Newcastle and Bristol (more locations to follow).
Individual event details to date:
- Edinburgh: Rally planned
- Cardiff: Rally planned
- Leeds: Assemble at Victoria Gardens, Headrow, from 12.30 for march through main shopping areas. Returning to Headrow for a rally from 2 - 2.30pm
- Nottingham: Rally planned in Market Square
- Brighton: Rally planned
- Manchester: Rally between 2pm and 3pm at Albert Square, outside Manchester Town Hall
- Newcastle: Assemble at Bigg Market from 10.30am. March to Monument for rally at 11.30am. Ends at 12.30pm.
- Bristol: March and rally planned in Bristol City Centre.
Visit www.hardesthit.org.uk or www.facebook.com/thehardesthit for more information on times and locations.
For case studies, interviews and more information please contact:
Vicki Prout, Mind, Mental Health Charity for England and Wales: email@example.com, 0208 522 1743 / 07850 788 514
Yashoda Sutton or Emma Mercer, RNIB Media Relations Team: firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7391 2223, 07968 482812 (out-of-hours)
Vanessa Stevens, Sense, the national deafblind charity: email@example.com, 0207 520 0965 / 07770 580 843 (out-of-hours).
Daniel Mazliah, Scope, the disability charity: firstname.lastname@example.org; 02076197203, 07843467948 (out-of-hours)
Natalia Kannas, Leonard Cheshire Disability: natalia.kannas@LCDisability.org, 0203 242 0389 / 07903 949 388 (out of hours)
Eleanor Bradstreet, learning disability charity Mencap: Eleanor.Bradstreet@mencap.org.uk, 020 7696 6937 / 07949 857 259
Disabled people, those with long-term conditions and their families are being hit the hardest by cuts to the benefits and services they need to live their lives.
Many are living in fear of cuts to essential benefits including Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). The total cuts will mean an estimated £9 billion loss to disabled people and their families’ incomes over the next four years, on top of cuts to many local care and support services.
The Hardest Hit campaign, organised jointly by the Disability Benefits Consortium and the UK Disabled People’s Council, brings together individuals and over 50 organisations to send a clear message to the Government: stop these cuts.
1. No cuts to services vital to disabled people.
2. The Government to ensure that changes to DLA do not make disabled people worse off.
3. The Government to ensure that ESA works by improving the assessment process.
4. The Government to ensure that the welfare system supports people with the additional costs of living with a disability.
People can support the campaign today by writing to their MP, signing up for a Hardest Hit event taking place near them on 22 October or joining our online protest. Find out more at www.hardesthit.org.uk or click here to download a flyer.
Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/thehardesthit or using #HardestHit on Twitter.
The Hardest Hit campaign
The Hardest Hit campaign is organised jointly by the Disability Benefits Consortium and the UK Disabled People’s Council and is supported by Action Duchenne, Action for Blind People, Action for M.E., Action on Hearing Loss, Age UK, Arthritis Care, Breast Cancer Care, Broken of Britain, Carer Watch, Carers UK, Changing Perspectives, Child Poverty Action Group, Citizens Advice, Clic Sargent, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Deafblind UK, Disability Alliance, Disability Awareness in Action, Disability Wales, Elizabeth FitzRoy Support, Epilepsy Society, Every Disabled Child Matters, Guide Dogs, Haemophilia Society, Hammersmith and Fulham Against Care Cuts, Hampshire CIL, Inclusion Scotland, LASA, Leaning Disability Coalition, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Macmillan Cancer Support, Mencap, Meningitis Research Foundation, Mind, Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association, MS Society, Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, NCIL, National AIDS Trust, National Autistic Society (NAS), National Deaf Children’s Society, Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People, Parkinson’s UK, Public and Commercial Services Union, People First Ltd, Rethink, Royal Association for Disability Rights (RADAR), Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), RSI Action, Scope, Sense, Skill, Spinal Injuries Association, Stroke Association, Sue Ryder, Transport for All, TUC, United Response, Vitalise, Where's the benefit?