Hardest Hit - live blog
Posted Wednesday 11 May 2011
This was a brief live blog during the Hardest Hit march on parliament. We were also tweeting from the march.
Loved these RNIB signs: "we're being ******* by the govt" (shafted!) >> http://ow.ly/i/bqTL
Bit of a singalong... "Are you listening in the house?"#HardestHit - sing up, folks!
Well, the march is over and some of the Mind group have gathered at the Methodist Central Hall to take a break and wait to speak to their MPs. The mood is positive - it's been great to march together, says Dale, with friendly faces. Becky told me how glad she is to have come today - she turned around three times before she got onto the train. She marched because she finds it really hard to access support and for people who wanted to come today who couldn't make it. Melissa agrees, she says that each person who marched probably represents ninety or so others; Melissa left home at 6:40am to get here today. Ellie goes to a few different support groups who couldn't make it today and she is here for them as well.
I heard someone say that this might be the largest disability march ever - that would be an amazing achievement and something very special to be part of.
Thank you everyone who marched today, especially those who walked with Mind - let's hope that our efforts today make the government really listen.
We're about to head off to join the march. I've just been speaking with Ellie who has travelled all the way down from Edinburgh. Ellie has BPD and is worried that she'll lose her benefits under the new system.
We've set up our meeting point in the centre of Embankment Gardens. We'll be here until 11.45am when we'll join the main march.
Ellen, 52, is marching for the first time. She says that she can't find any support in her area. Abby's family had a long experience of mental health problems and is here to support them and others like them.
We'll be blogging from the Hardest Hit march today; do let us know what you want to hear about during the day. The live blogging will start around 10:45am. You can also follow us on Twitter.
At the march we'll be calling on the government to:
- scrap plans to cut Disability Living Allowance, a vital benefit that enables disabled people to live independently.
- make sure Employment and Support Allowance, which replaces Incapacity Benefit, has a fair and effective assessment process, does its job and supports disabled people.
- stop cuts to services that are essential to disabled people’s quality of life, such as day care, transport and respite care services.
Taryn Ozorio, Digital Manager
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