Disabled Protesters Heading Back To DWP As Fight To Save Independent Living Heats Up

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A previous protest outside the DWP in protest at the closure of the ILF

The fight to save the Independent Living Fund (ILF) is heating up with a fresh court challenge to this needless cut which could lead to some disabled people being institutionalised to save money.

A judicial review has been launched against the closure whilst protest is also hitting the streets with an Independence Day Party starting outside the DWP on July 4th.

The ILF provides vital support for 18,000 severely disabled people and is used to top up to local authority funding for people with particularly high support needs.  Should the fund be closed then people will be dependent on already cash-strapped local councils leaving them little control over their care and support packages.  There are very real fears that this could lead to disabled people being placed in institutions, or trapped in their own homes with no options for living independently.  Combined with local authority cuts already taking place, such as the removal of taxi-card schemes and care funding being slashed, the result  of closing the ILF will be devastating.

A legal challenge against the closure has already been successful when the Appeal Court ruled the the move was illegal in November last year.  This was down to a ruling that the then Minster for Murdering Disabled People Esther McVey hadn’t bothered to learn the facts about the impact of closing the ILF and therefore was unable to make an adequate assessment of the consequences.  McVey was eventually moved and put in charge of workfare, however new minister Mike Penning spitefully announced in Spring that the closure was now back on due to them filling out a form properly or something.

According to Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) the DWP has since admitted that “in considering the proposal once again it had not consulted with any organisations or individuals outside of Government. It had not gathered any additional information from local authorities or other sources about what level or type of support former ILF users would receive from social services once the ILF element was removed and how many people would be likely to go into residential care or lose their ability to work or study.”

Therefore the fresh legal challenge will be along the same lines as the first.

A nationwide day of action for independent living has also been called for July 4th.  In London an Independent Living Tea Party is being held which promises fun. games, entertainment, and of course civil disobedience.  The event will begin at 2pm outside the DWP, Caxton House, Tothill Street SW1.

Campaigners have called for action around the UK, to find out more visit: http://dpac.uk.net/2014/06/july-4th-our-independent-living-day-party-and-picnic-london-and-around-the-country/

There will also be a Twitter Party using the Hashtag #IL4JULY.  Please share, tweet, blog and help spread the word about all events.

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8 responses to “Disabled Protesters Heading Back To DWP As Fight To Save Independent Living Heats Up

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      “THESE ARE JUST TWO QUOTES MADE BY THE DWP WITHIN A COUPLE OF WEEKS OF EACH OTHER”

      1/ Atos is contracted to support the delivery of learning of Decision Makers who make decisions
      in respect of how a health condition affects a claimants daily life and capability for work.

      2/ In response, Atos Healthcare are not involved in the training of DWP Decision Makers in making
      benefit decisions, this training is provided in-house within DWP.

      …………….IT WOULD SEEM THAT EVERYTHING THE DWP SAY’S IS A PACK OF LIES…..

  1. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    ADD THE EIGHTEEN THOUSAND WHO RELY ON ILF TO THE FORTY ODD THOUSAND WHO HAVE BEEN HIDDEN FROM THE MORTALITY STATISTICS AND YOU WILL REACH THE AMOUNT EXPECTED TO DIE UNDER OUR MONARCH BACKED WELFARE REFORMS…………

    INCIDENCE OF A SUICIDE OR DEATH RELATING TO THE PCS UNION WOULD MAKE THE OLD COURTS OF NUREMBERG TURN IN THEIR GRAVES………………..

    THE PRICE OF KOWTOWING TO THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES LIKE “UNUM” HAS NO BOUNDARY IN LOSS OF HUMAN LIVES……………

    GREED HAS ONE AGENDA, HUMAN LIFE HAS BEEN ERASED TO MEET IT………………….

  2. This is what they want the more of us that disappear into the abyss the better !!!!!! I am shocked that a man who has had first hand experience with severe disablement can let this happen, I think its a case of his son didn,t make it so why should you !!!!

  3. overburdenddonkey

    “the right to a public life”….the right to a public life, depends on an ability to keep up with the soaring costs of living…that some sections of the population are ruthlessly and aggressively protecting them selves from, and in consequence sucking those who are vulnerable dry, leaving many, many, more, behind the tide of soaring inflation, to drown, who are not able to inflation proof their lives…some fools still repeat mantras which more or less mean “pick up thy bed and walk”, pull yourself together, stop feeling sorry for yourself…implying as it does, that one’s problems are all in the mind, directed by a faulty crap mind set and has nothing to do with soaring costs of living, which is at the very heart of our problems….PYT, is said in gross and often knowing ignorance…PYT was never possible for many, and is even less possible as the weight (burden of inflation) of the “bed” one is now repeatedly told to pick up, has rapidly increased, as it has done over at least the last 35yrs of our culture…this base fantasy mooted delusion, of PYT pick up thy bed, has become even more absurd, yet the bare faced lie of PYT is often repeated… it is a sad indictment of our culture, that millions are forced to expend valuable vitality energy, defending their human rights to a meager benefit, which in itself causes even deeper poverty, against the threat of an even deeper loss of income/energy…some progress?!

  4. Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog.

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