Cuts Watch #400: The Hardest Hit
March, lobby of Parliament, online protest and rally on 11 May.
Disabled people’s benefits, services, jobs and rights are threatened as never before. Cuts to Disability Living Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, and Child Tax Credits for disabled children will have a massive impact on the living standards of disabled people and their families. Cuts to local authority services will undermine disabled people’s human rights. And the unfinished agenda for disability equality will be stalled for as long as the government insists on “no new regulation.”
The Hardest Hit website has news, individuals’ stories and facts and figures, but the focus is on campaigning. You can take part by writing to your MP, joining the online protest or helping to mobilise for a massive day of action on 11 May. On that day there will be a march to Parliament, a lobby and a rally at Central Hall: the Hardest Hit have asked everyone who is coming to sign up, which will help the organisers to stay in contact with people who are taking part, sending out details about the march route, lobby packs for people coming to speak to their MPs and transport information.
The Hardest Hit are encouraging people who can’t get to Westminster on 11 May to take part in an online protest, by sending in photographs and videos of themselves.
The day’s events will include:
The Hardest Hit March: 11:30am
This will be an opportunity for thousands of disabled people to march past Parliament and demonstrate their support for the Hardest Hit Campaign.
The march will assemble from 11.30 on the Embankment by Horseguards Avenue.
It will start at 12.30 and take in Victoria Embankment, Bridge Street, Parliament Square, Millbank and finish in Dean Stanley Street at around 13.30.
The Protest Rally: 1:30pm
The rally will take place in Methodist Central Hall (close to the Houses of Parliament) with speeches between 15.00 and 15.30.
The Rally has a maximum capacity of 2,000 – getting a place is one of the advantages of signing up early.
The Lobby of Parliament: 2:30pm – 5:00pm
The Lobby is an opportunity for disabled people to meet with their MPs and lobby them to take action on their behalf – to make sure your MP is there it’s best to write in advance to get an appointment.