Hardest Hit campaign responds to Government plans for £10 billion further welfare cuts
Monday 08 October 2012
The Hardest Hit campaign is organised jointly by the Disability Benefits Consortium(DBC) and the UK Disabled People’s Council(UKDPC). The DBC is a coalition of over 50 organisations, including Mencap.
Steve Winyard, co-chair of the Hardest Hit coalition, says:
"The confirmation today of a further £10 billion of cuts to the welfare budget will evoke fear in disabled people across the country, who continue to be the hardest hit by cuts. We have already seen £9 billion removed from disability benefits and services in this Parliament. Disabled people are now at tipping point.
"Only two weeks ago the Deputy PM said talk of a further £10 billion welfare cuts was 'wild' and that the Lib Dems wouldn't allow the deficit to be cut on the backs of the poorest. The Government has crucial choices to make over the next twelve months, and we are calling for assurances that they will get it right and rule out targeting disabled people with further cuts."
Notes to editor
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The Hardest Hit campaign is organised jointly by the Disability Benefits Consortium(DBC) and the UK Disabled People’s Council(UKDPC). The DBC is a coalition of over 50 organisations. Please visit http://thehardesthit.wordpress.comfor more information on the campaign.
Spokespeople from national disability organisations such as the UK Disabled People's Council, Mencap, Sense, RNIB, MS Society, The Stroke Association and Disability Rights UK are available.