Hardest Hit-Defending Disabled People's Futures 11th May 2011 London.

Start Date:
11th May 2011

End Date:
11th May 2011

Start Time:
11.30 a.m Victoria Embankment London

End Time:
5.30 a.m.

Hardest Hit – Defending Disabled People’s Futures

As part of DW’s campaign on cuts to benefits and services we will be joining other organisations for a UK National Day of Action taking place in London on Wednesday 11th May 2011.  The day will include a March, Lobby of Parliament and a Rally in order to raise concern about the disproportionate effect of the welfare reform proposals on the lives of disabled people across the UK.

The objectives of acting together are to:

  • Challenge the welfare reforms suggested by government which, in many cases, are forcing many disabled people into isolation, institutions and homelessness.
  • Challenge the cuts which are disproportionately affecting disabled people and causing further poverty and destitution.
  • Challenge the underlying inhumanity, inequality and disablism of the proposals.


The March

We will gather for the March from 11.30am on the Embankment by Horseguards Avenue.

It will start at 12.30pm and take in Victoria Embankment, Bridge Street, Parliament Square, Millbank and finish in Dean Stanley Street at around 13.30pm

Thousands of disabled people as well as family and friends will be marching to express solidarity and anger at the cuts threatening our benefits, services, jobs and rights.

The March will take us past the Houses of Parliament and we will make sure that MPs and Peers hear our collective voice and understand our message.

The Lobby

The Lobby is expected to take place in Westminster Hall between 2.30pm and 5.30pm. Everyone hoping to see their MP during the afternoon is encouraged to write in advance to get an appointment.

After the March, many of us will be lobbying our MPs as the Welfare Reform Bill reaches a critical stage in the House of Commons.

We will be sharing our stories, making sure that Parliamentarians understand the combined impact of the cuts on our lives and futures.

Crucially, we will be challenging MPs to vote against policies that will push us further into poverty and isolation.

The Rally

The Rally will take place in Methodist Central Hall (close to the Houses of Parliament) with speeches between 3.00pm and 3.30pm.

On the afternoon of the march we will meet in Methodist Central Hall to hear from disabled people about the deep unfairness of the cuts for their lives and futures.

We will also listen to politicians from the main political parties to find out how they plan to uphold the rights, equality and participation of disabled people as promised in the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.
What do you need to do?

  • Join DW on 11 May.  At least 10,000 people from across the UK are expected to join the march.
  • Register by clicking on register here to let organisers know that you are coming and what access requirements you have.
  • If you are planning to lobby your MP, write to request a meeting. You are much more likely to get to see them if you do.
  • If you want to travel to the rally on the FREE coach arranged by DW, book a place by returning a booking form. Please note that space is limited!

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