Disabled campaigners launch protests to urge people to vote against ‘nasty, benefit-cutting’ Tories.
DISABLED activists protested in Westminster yesterday as part of their campaign to oust the “nasty” Tory government from office in the forthcoming general election.
Campaign group Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) is urging people across Britain to register and vote to ensure that the Conservative government, which was shamed last year by the UN for its “grave and systematic violation of the rights of disabled people,” is booted out on June 8.
DPAC’s Ellen Clifford said: “The cowardly bully Theresa May wants us to believe that she offers strong and stable leadership but there is nothing strong or stable about persecuting disabled people.”
She said DPAC was unsurprised that Ms May was trying to avoid public debate in this election “as she would be called upon to defend the indefensible actions of her nasty government.”
The Tories have been denounced their shameful treatment of disabled people in Britain and the cumulative effect of seven years of Tory cuts have left disabled people feeling “degraded and dehumanised.”
DPAC argued that the Tories have put disabled people “at the mercy of degrading and flawed testing regimes” such as work capability assessments carried out by unscrupulous profit-hungry private companies such as Atos and Capita.
The group also warned that there were rising numbers of disabled people “trapped in their homes without access to food and water for hours, reliant on foodbanks to eat and expected to rely on incontinence pads as a substitute for support to use the toilet with dignity.”