Stop & Scrap Universal Credit say DPAC
Parliament, London. Wed 18 Apr 2018
Protesters at the rally outside Parliament includ some from WInvisible
and Women Against Rape
Andy Greene and Paula Peters are among those at the front as the protesters
Universal Credit rollout has been disastrous, with many left for over
5 weeks with no money, no support
some getting evicted as they cannot pay rent, or going without food
and heating. They say it should be scrapped
Disabled people are particularly badly affected by Universal Credit
- single disable losing around £2,000 per year .
and a disabled couple over £4,000 - and this comes on top of
other benefit cuts in recent years
They walk onto the crossing on Parliament Square, then turn around
to block the road
Police come and tell them to leave the road but are ignored
and the road block stops all traffic
Police continue to talk with the protesters and ask them to leave
the road - but the protesters explain why they need to protest
An officer suggests that they could protest at the side of the road,
but people stay in place
Thousands of disabled people have already died because of the government
cuts to benefits, with many losing
benefits as they have wrongly been found 'fit to work'. The system
deliberately fails many who clearly cannot work
and many have also lost the payments for support which used to enable
them to work. 'No More Deaths from Benefit Cuts'
Andy Green sprinkles fake blood on the outline of a body lying on
the road with the message 'Benefits Not Bombs'
and on the banner '#StopandScrap - Universal Credit is a crime'
'Reclaim Tax-Evaders's Loot - End War Poverty + Destitution Everywhere'
The WInvisible banner - women with visible & invisible disabilities
Denise from the Mental Health Resistance Network
'Disabled People Against Cuts - 'Rights Not Charity''
Paula Peters speaks, asking the protesters if they want to stop -
they shout back to keep it going
'Universal Credit is NUTS!'
The Universal Credit protesters are joined by some Sikhs protesting
against President Modi
DPAC Glasgow Branch makes itself heard
as does Ipswich & Suffolk
And as speaker from Black Triangle in Scotland
Universal Credit will push a million people into poverty
The police begin to get more insistent
telling people they may be arrested
but the protest continues
until the protesters decide it is time for them to leave.
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