This video is from England is called Youth Forum at Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People.
By Will Stone in Britain:
New research shows how disabled bear brunt of Tory cuts
Thursday 06 September 2012
Campaigners protested in force outside welfare outsourcing firm Atos‘ Norfolk HQ today to launch a report detailing the full extent of the government’s ruthless “austerity war” against disabled people.
The study dubbed Disabled People: Collateral damage in the government’s austerity war represents the first detailed, comprehensive study of the affect of cuts and other welfare changes on disabled people and their families.
Economist Chris Edwards of the University of East Anglia carried out the research, commissioned by Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People, after the government refused to conduct an impact assessment on how its “austerity” measures will affect disabled people.
Disability organisations and charities have argued that disabled people are shouldering a massively unequal share of the burden of cuts and reforms to the welfare state.
And Mr Edwards confirmed their claims.
In the four years to 2015 the poorest 20 per cent of 2.7 million households receiving disability benefits will lose 16 per cent of their total income – four times as much as that lost by the richest 20 per cent of households.
Mr Edwards pinpointed the causes as cuts in cash benefits, increases in taxes – most notably VAT – and cuts in benefits-in-kind in local government, education, health and other departmental expenditure that amounts to £69 billion over the four years from 2011-12 through 2014-15.
Total cuts to disability benefits are estimated to reach £9bn over the four years.
He said that the austerity package is not working and disabled people were paying the price.
Mr Edwards told the Morning Star: “It’s the madness of (Mervyn) King and George (Osborne).
“Osborne should be fired and take a course in GCSE economics.
“All the advances that disabled people have made over the period since 1945 are being reversed.”
The full report can be found at www.ncodp.org.uk.
England: A pioneering project in West Yorkshire which has helped thousands of disabled people into work and training is being axed because of government cuts: here.
Britain: Ministers were forced to back down today over their policy that cancer patients must seek work if they want to keep their benefits: here.