Call for UK benefits protests
SWAN - the Sheffield Welfare Action Network - are calling on disabled people all over the UK to follow their lead and mount simultaneous peaceful local protests against the newly announced changes to Incapacity Benefit.
SWAN plan to protest outside Sheffield Town Hall at 1.00pm on Saturday 4 February.
An email distributed by the organisation reads: "we are calling on all decent and caring people, claimants, campaigners, activists, faith groups, churches, individuals to support our call and peacefully protest in your locality".
Crippled Monkey asks: could the IB reforms be lighting the touchpaper for a new wave of disability protests like those we saw in the 90s? And are discrimination laws strong enough to help the government make this new system work anyway? Many disabled people don't work because of discrimination, and have found their way onto Incapacity Benefits as a result. Might the DDA have to be strengthened to stop employment discrimination more effectively, in order to help the government save money on benefits?
As the changes sink in, the discussion moves on and there's a significant number of people out there who nodded their heads and felt the government were right to crackdown on this. Incapacity Benefit costs the UK a lot of money and we all want to know it's going to the right people. Could there ever be a foolproof test for disability in order that so-called 'scroungers' are cut out of this loop?