Archive for September, 2013


Posted: September 30, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

In The State We Need, published in September 2013, Michael Meacher offers a consistent blueprint for the future:

The State We Need by Michael Meacher MP

Despite the crash, the remote political elite in Westminster is still clinging to the same old ideas that have been tried and found wanting. We’re still told that we’re not allowed to think outside the box of Thatcherism.  Set out in The State We Need is a coherent and detailed vision around which progressive forces might group as the first step in the replacement of the failed neo-conservative market model, one that is radical but also practical.

It presents a different model for business, a reconstructed banking system, an alternative economic policy, a reconfigured power structure, an industrial policy geared to the revival of manufacturing, a sharply different approach to employment and welfare, as well as inequality in society, and a fundamental reassessment of the handling of climate change.

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George Monbiot

“This is a powerful manifesto for a just nation…”

Full review 

Robert Skidelsky

“The State We Need is a must-read for all radicals…”

Full review 

Caroline Lucas MP

“[T]his book is a much-needed beacon of hope for a better future…”

Full review 

Larry Elliot, Guardian Economics Editor

“Michael Meacher has observed the rise and fall of market capitalism over the past forty years and his book is important for two reasons…”

Full review 

Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC

“This is a welcome contribution to the debate about how to build a stronger, more equal Britain…”

Full review 


Disabled People Against CutsBlack Triangle Campaign and Wow Campaign Present:
Iain Duncan Smith’s Tory Party Conference Speech Mass Tweet-out
Tuesday 1st October 11.45-12.30 pm. Hashtags: #CPC13 #IDS #WowPetition #DPAC
There are more great tweets you can use at In Actual Fact, (remember to add #CPC13)

Tweets to tweet:

 Where are the Mental Function Champions Iain? #cpc13 #IDS

 Why won’t the DWP release stats on deaths of people found fit for work? #cpc13 #IDS

 Why won’t the DWP release stats on Jobcentre sanctions, something to hide Iain? #cpc13 #IDS

 Workfare doesn’t work – here’s why #cpc13 #IDS

 UK Disabled people’s ‘Reclaiming Our Futures’ Manifesto via @Dis_PPL_Protest #CPC13

 Actual facts about Welfare #cpc13 #IDS

 IDS looking at making it harder for sick and disabled to claim benefits #cpc13 #IDS

 #CPC13 #IDS #JSA Jobseeker allowance is 2.5% of the welfare budget. It’s not about savings, it is about punishing the poor

 #cpc13 #IDS even charged his underwear to the taxpayers (search the page for ‘purchase of underwear’)

 #cpc13 #IDS 1m jobseekers sanctioned in 2011-12 for the stupidest reasons, like not applying for a job on Xmas day:

 #cpc13 #IDS How many died because IDS denied them disability benefits? #Atos #WCA

 How The Policy Exchange Manufactured Public Support For Workfare this is what Osborne’s plans are based on #cpc13

 #cpc13 Mandatory Work Activity (“workfare”). What does DWP’s own analysis actually say?

 #cpc13 #Workfare does not work, even #DWP says it

 #cpc13 95% of disabled people on the work programme do not get a job. #wasteofmoney

 UK Media Coverage of the Work Capability Assessment: #cpc13 #IDS #DWP

 We call for a Cumulative Impact Assessment of Welfare Reform and a New Deal for Sick and Disabled People #WOWpetition #CPC13

 We call for an immediate end to the work capability assessment. Join us! Sign #WOWpetition #cpc13 #DPAC

 IDS and DWP Lies #cpc13 #IDS #DWP

 Have you been through WCA? Fill out the Assessing #ATOS Survey #wowpetition #CPC13

 Calums List – A memorial to the deaths due to the Welfare Reforms #CPC13

 ‘Britain has the highest rate of jobless households in Europe’ – a Lie by IDS, see, section 4.1 #cpc13 #IDS

 IDS exaggerates his claims, see, section 4.2 #cpc13 #IDS

 IDS Makes it up – Cost of family breakdown, see, section 4.3 #cpc13 #IDS

 IDS Makes it up – UK Jobs taken by people from overseas under the last Government, see, section 4.4 #cpc13 #IDS

 IDS uses figures from – then claims stats are official, see, section 4.5 #cpc13 #IDS

 IDS Lies about EU migrants abusing the UK Benefits system, see, section 4.6 #cpc13 #IDS

 IDS makes up his ‘facts’ – see, section 4.7 #cpc13 #IDS

 IDS Lies about child homeslessness, see, section 4.8 #cpc13 #IDS

 IDS makes dodgy claims about disability benefits, see, section 4.9 #cpc13 #IDS

 IDS Lies about number of jobs at Jobcentres, see, section 4.10 #cpc13 #IDS

 IDS makes up his ‘facts’ about the Sucess of the Benefit Cap, see, section 4.11 #cpc13 #IDS

 IDS makes up his ‘facts’ about the Claimants finding full time work, see, section 4.12 #cpc13 #IDS

 IDS misrepresents the facts about large families living on welfare, see, section 4.13 #cpc13 #IDS

 IDS Lies about the rise in Tax Credit Payments, see, section 4.14 #cpc13 #IDS

 Pure fantasy – IDS makes it up about foriegn fraudsters targetting the UK Benefits System, see, section 4.16 #cpc13 #IDS

 Pure fantasy – IDS makes it up about inter-generational worklessness, see, section 4.17 #cpc13 #IDS

 IDS Misleads when he claims sick people are better off in work, see, section 4.18 #cpc13 #IDS

 Complaints against IDS and the DWP made to the Office of National Statistics – read the correspondance, see, section 5 #cpc13 #IDS

 Big Society in Action! Sending Iain Duncan Smith Underpants

 @dwppressoffice @MinisterDisPpl We’re watching everything you say

 #cpc13 #IDS @dwppressoffice @ministerDisPpl We are onto your lies:

 #cpc13 #IDS @dwppressoffice @ministerDisPpl propagators of lies and abuse on disabled people

 #cpc13 #IDS @ministerDisPpl ‘Disabled People get better’ McVey when challenged on PIP

 #cpc13 #IDS An open letter to Iain Duncan Smith

 #cpc13 #IDS ‘I can live on 53 quid a week’ – multimillionaire IDS

 #cpc13 #IDS ‘we are putting more money into disability support’

 #cpc13 #IDS Its not too complicated to make a cruise missile, bit ‘its too complicated to do an cumulative impact assessment’ #WOWpetition

 #cpc13 #IDS ‘foodbanks are part of the big society’ NO! foodbanks are part of a morally bankrupt society

 #cpc13 #IDS Leading Doctors Protest at Cruel Disability Assessments

 #cpc13 #NHS Lords financial links to companies involved in private healthcare

 #cpc13 #NHS Healthcare Contracts Connecting Lords and MPs

 #cpc13 #NHS Lords and MPs quotes on Health and Social Care bill

 #cpc13 #NHS MPs financial links to companies involved in private healthcare

 #cpc13 #Osborne George Osborne First Class seat on a Second Class ticket

 #cpc13 #IDS ‘This must be presented as a reform not a cut’ DWP on ILF closure declassified memos @ministerDisPpl @dwppressoffice

 #cpc13 #IDS ‘We spend more money on disability than other OECD countries’ Esther &chums @ministerDisPpl @dwppressoffice

 #cpc13 #IDS ‘I have a belief I am right’ IDS when lying on statistics and challenged (again) by the Gov statistics watchdog @dwppressoffice

 #cpc13 #Osborne George Osborne Gets Booed at Paralympics

 #cpc13 #IDS DPAC Official Anti ATOS Song-Condem Love:

 #cpc13 #IDS Grace Petrie – Farewell to Welfare:

– See more at:

Wheelchair user in an office
The tests assess entitlement to employment and support allowance
A letter urging Prime Minister David Cameron to get rid of work assessments for the disabled has been signed by the dean of St Paul’s Cathedral.

The Very Rev Dr David Ison was among campaigners to claim the tests could “cut short” disabled people’s lives.

The letter also called on ministers to address the “shameful offences” of austerity measures.

The government said the assessments had been improved and could help disabled people get into employment.

‘Heaviest burden’

The letter, titled The Downing Street Demand, called for an end to work capability assessments (WCA) which “demean and distress” disabled people.

It stated that government policies forced some of the most deprived members of society to “shoulder the heaviest burden of national debt created by the super-rich”.

Very Rev Dr David IsonDr Ison says disabled people need to be helped to live with dignity and security

The letter to the prime minister said: “In 2010 you said ‘I’m going to make sure no-one is left behind; that we protect the poorest and most vulnerable in our society’.

“The reality of the austerity programme is the opposite.

“Since your government came to power, cuts have meant that disabled people are paying back nine times more than non-disabled people and those with the highest support needs are paying back 19 times more.”

‘Dignity and security’

The campaigners were particularly critical of work capability assessments, changes to housing benefit – the so-called bedroom tax – and benefits changes including the disability living allowance (DLA) and personal independence payment (PIP).

Work capability assessments were introduced in 2008 to assess entitlement to employment and support allowance (ESA).

“The support needs of complex disabilities and mental health issues cannot be assessed by a tick-box system,” the letter continued.

It suggested WCA should be replaced with a “rigorous and safe system that does not cause unavoidable harm”.

The old incapacity benefits system condemned too many people to a life on benefits with little hope of moving back to work”

Department for Work and Pensions spokesman

Dr Ison, who presided over the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, said: “It’s right to stand in solidarity with people from many different organisations to draw attention to the needs of some of the most deprived members of our society.

“Many disabled people feel desperate facing possible cuts in support, the bedroom tax, and in particular an inflexible and failing work capability assessment scheme which can blight and even cut short their lives.

“The government needs to respond by enabling disabled people to live with dignity and security.”

‘Fairer process’

Campaigners said 56,000 people had signed a petition supporting an end to the “degrading” assessments.

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: “It is important we don’t simply write-off people who have a health condition or disability.

“The old incapacity benefits system condemned too many people to a life on benefits with little hope of moving back to work.

“Now people who can work will be given help to find a job while those who need unconditional support will get it.

“Through a series of independent reviews and by working with medical experts and charities, we have considerably improved the WCA process since 2010 to make it fairer and more accurate.

“The percentage of people entitled to employment and support allowance is now at its highest level with over half of people completing a WCA eligible for the benefit.”


Posted: September 27, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized





Posted: September 27, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

If you support the aim of this project: ‘SCRAP ATOS – END THE WORK CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT ‘and would like to remember those who have died or are suffering as a result of austerity, please email to add your name or the name of your organisation to our supporters list.


Posted: September 27, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

The People’s Gathering at Parliament – 12pm – Parliament Square

10 Thousand Cuts and Counting is a ceremony of remembrance and solidarity for those who have had their lives devastated by the austerity programme, including more than 10,000 people who died shortly after undergoing the Atos Work Capability Assessment, the degrading test used by the government to assess the needs of people receiving benefits related to disability and ill health.
Led by disability activists, Occupy activists, David Ison – the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, Michael Meacher MP and other representatives.
With all welcome to attend, the event will include Atos testimonies, prayers, silence and meditations, a carpet of white flowers on Parliament Square with poetry, choral music and scenes acted by disabled artists depicting experiences of Atos.
The gathering will demand an immediate end to the Work Capability Assessment, as voted for by the British Medical Association, and a New Deal for sick & disabled people based on their needs, abilities and ambitions as outlined in the WOW petition.


Delivering The Downing Street Demand  1pm


Further details of the programme of the day TBC



Posted: September 27, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

We are a coalition of disabled people, Occupy London supporters, and individuals campaigning to end the government’s attacks on disabled people. We are supported by a number of groups and representatives.

Understanding the Effects of Austerity

Why are we calling on the government to end its austerity attack on disabled people?

  •  Disabled people are paying back 9 times more than non-disabled people through cuts, and those with the highest support needs are paying back 19 times more. (Duffy, 2013: 7)
  • Hate crimes against disabled people have risen alarmingly over recent years due to ‘benefit scrounger’ propaganda. Recorded crime figures doubled between 2008 when records began and 2011. (Guardian, 2012)
  • Despite this cynical campaign against disabled people the government’s own statistics show that only 0.5% of claimants of disability related benefits are acting fraudulently. And for every pound in fraudulent benefit claimed, £17 of benefits goes unclaimed and is returned by the DWP to the government. (Duffy, 2013: 28)

What’s wrong with Atos and the Work Capability Assessment?

Between January 2011 and November 2011, 10,600 people died during or within six weeks of being put through the Atos Work Capability Assessment.  (DWP, 2012: 6)

For some of these people the assessment contributed directly to their deaths and, for the rest, they were made to endure the indignity of stressful and humiliating tests during the final weeks of their lives.

The Atos Work Capability Assessment decides people’s entitlement based on a tick-box system that is unable to assess complex impairments and mental health issues.

  •  40% of assessments are overturned after they are appealed, with the success rate rising to 70% for those who take up legal representation – proving it costly, inaccurate and ineffective. (BMA, 2012)
  • The British Medical Association has demanded that the WCA should end “with  immediate effect and be replaced with a rigorous and safe system that does not cause unavoidable harm” (BMA, 2012)
  • 10,000 is the tip of an iceberg. Perhaps most concerning is that the full extent of the problem is unknown. The fate of those who have been found fit for work, and therefore left the benefit system, is not recorded.

The Atos Work Capability Assessments are just part of much wider attack on the idea that most people in Britain support: that we should build a community which meets the needs of all.

Disability Living Allowance

DLA is not an out of work benefit. In fact, it supports countless thousands of disabled people to remain in work. The government expects a 20% reduction of claimants when the changeover to PIP (Personal Independence Payments) happens, meaning many will have to give up their jobs and lose other vital support at home. (Scope, 13 July 2011)

Bedroom Tax

 The Bedroom Tax cuts to housing benefit have caused national outrage. It affects not just disabled people but many others who should be entitled to the support of the community.

This tax threatens to make thousands of the poorest in society homeless and two-thirds of households affected have disabled people living in them. (DWP, 2012: Section 43)

With several councils having already committed to no evictions on the Bedroom Tax, other councils are looking at ways around the problem and ways to reclassify properties to avoid making tenants homeless.


The Independent Living Fund supports the most severely disabled people to live in the community and access the same opportunities that non-disabled people have. The ILF will be permanently shut from April 2015 leaving disabled people in despair about their futures. Since the closure of the ILF to new applicants in December 2010 there has been a marked increase in inequality and oppression with support  packages that do no more than feed, water and maintain disabled people effectively trapped in their homes. This is inhumane and in clear breach of disabled people’s fundamental human rights. The permanent closure of the ILF signals the end of disabled people’s right to independent living.

This is what austerity looks like. Come and join us.


Duffy, S. (2013) A Fair Society: How the cuts target disabled people, [Online], Available: [21 Apr 2013].

Guardian (2012) Disability hate crime: is ‘benefit scrounger’ abuse to blame? [Online], Available: [14 August 2012]

DWP (2012) Incapacity Benefits: Deaths of recipients [Online], Available: [9 July 2012]

BMA (2012) Scrap work capability assessment, doctors demand [Online], Available: [28 June 2012]

DWP (2012) Housing Benefit: Size Criteria for People Renting in the Social Rented Sector [Online] Available: section 43 [June 2012]

Test for new £6 billion disability payment is flawed, Scope [Online] [13 July 2011], Available: [21 Apr 2013].