Unite supports protest lobby over abolition of the disability living allowance

Published on Tuesday, 10 May 2011 11:39
Posted by Scott Buckler

Thousands of disabled people will be lobbying parliament on Wednesday 11 May to protest at plans to abolish the disability living allowance (DLA) and introduce the personal independence payment (May 10th)

Unite, the largest union in the country, believes that the coalition’s welfare reform proposals are ‘a comprehensive menu to further discriminate against the disabled as they live their lives, and try to gain and retain employment’.

The lobby will culminate with disabled people meeting their MPs in Westminster Hall and Methodist Central Hall between 13.30 and 17.30 on Wednesday 11 May.

In the June 2010 budget, the government announced plans to reform the DLA by introducing a new assessment and by 2014/15 reducing expenditure on the benefit by £1 billion. Ministers are planning to replace DLA with a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Unite national officer, Siobhan Endean, said:

”It is clear that the disabled will be hard hit by these changes – their lives will become worse as a result. So much for the derided mantra that: ‘We are all in this together’.

“The Con-Dem government plans to make savings at the expense of disabled people. More than 800,000 people will be adversely affected by these proposals which will drive them further into poverty.

”We would like ministers to radically rethink their proposals and not target some of the most disadvantaged in society.”

 

Source: Unite

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