Disabled people marked the end of last month with two days of action on the 29th and 30th of March, raising awareness about the distressing ways the welfare cuts have affected them. Their efforts included a poetry reading and a protest outside the building at the Houses of Parliament. Placards showed messages such as “Dead people don’t claim,” and “One size doesn’t fit all.” There are very few statistics available on the number of disabled people who have died due to benefit cuts, but last year the government released 49 reports
on individuals, 40 of which were followed by a suicide. Last year the British government was found guilty of “grave” abuses
of disabled people’s human rights.
5 May 2017 | Holly Brentnall
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