UPDATED: Coverage of the day.
Channel 4 News
11 May 2011: There’s to be a march, rally and lobbying of Parliament today, to express solidarity and anger at cuts threatening disabled people’s benefits and rights, and vital social care services.
If you can’t make it to that London, there are various other ways to make your protest heard, including writing to your MP and protesting online see The Hardest Hit website.
Below is a small selection highlighting some of the effects these cuts will have, not just for those in need of long-term care, but for everyone. Also, most importantly, the deliberate lies presented by Government, published via the NHS in a public document called ‘Working Together for a Stronger NHS’, that breaches both the Civil Service Code of Conduct and the Advertising Standards Authority code.
“Disabled people take anti-cuts protest to the courts. Lawyers await high court judgements on legal actions against council plans to cut social care.”
Karen McVeigh: The Guardian
“Social care cuts: ‘The people concerned are invisible’. The most vulnerable sections of society are emerging as the worst hit by council cuts.”
Karen McVeigh: The Guardian
Prime Minister’s Health Campaign Misleads Public
“There’s a new document on the Department of Health website called ‘Working Together for a Stronger NHS’. This manages the feat of breaching the Civil Service Code of Conduct and the Advertising Standards Authority code.”
John McTernan: The Telegraph
“The BMA were so concerned about the reforms that they held their first special representative meeting in 20 years and passed motion after motion condemning almost every aspect of the Health and Social Care Bill including one stating: “This meeting deplores the Government’s use of misleading and inaccurate information to denigrate the NHS and to justify the Health and Social Care Bill reforms.”
“The health bill is the project of a Government determined to dismember the public realm and roll back the state to allow public money to be diverted to the private sector. There is no mandate for such changes and there has been no public debate about them.”
Dr Jonathon Tomlinson: Channel 4 News website
“I’d expect this from UKIP, or the Daily Mail. Not from a government leaflet”
“HM Government have issued a new leaflet to justify their NHS reforms: Working Together For A Stronger NHS. It was produced by Number 10, appears on the Department of Health website, and many of the figures it contains are misleading, out of date, or flatly incorrect.”
Ben Goldacre: The Guardian
“Help the disabled to fight for what is right”
THIS country never had a more noble, idealistic vision than the welfare state.
Even more than World War Two, the creation of the welfare state is our finest hour.
Over the years the welfare state has been used, abused and had the micky taken out of it.
But it still has that glorious foundation – to protect the weak, to support the vulnerable, to offer a helping hand to those who need it the most.
On Wednesday May 11, thousands of disabled people and their supporters will join The Hardest Hit protest in Westminster. To support the campaign, and to fight cuts to support for disabled people, go to thehardesthit.wordpress.com
If the welfare state does not exist to help the hardest hit, then it has lost sight of why it was built.
Tony Parsons: Mirror
Disability benefit cuts ‘could breach law’
Plans to cut disability benefits could breach human rights laws, the government has been warned.
Disability lawyer Mike Charles told the BBC the moves could be unlawful if they denied individuals the right to quality of life.
Mr Charles added: “The human rights act says individuals have a right to family life, have a right to a quality of life, the whole purpose of the DLA is to put them on an equal playing field with everyone else.
“Any proposal that fails to appreciate those fundamental rights could find it is an infringement of the law.
His opinion is backed up by other specialist disability lawyers.