Disabled people gear up for Birmingham protests

by - 4th October 2011, 12.19 GMT

Disabled people, their friends, family and supporters from across the Midlands will gather in Birmingham city centre on 22 October to protest against cuts to disability benefits and services.

This is one year on from the comprehensive spending review, which revealed the Government’s intention to slash public spending.

Protestors are meeting in Victoria Square, outside the Birmingham Council House for the rally at 12:00pm for a 12:30pm start.

A spokesperson said: “Disabled people, those with long-term conditions and their families are being hit the hardest by cuts to the benefits and services they need to live their lives.

“Many are living in fear of cuts to essential benefits including Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). The total cuts will mean an estimated £9billion loss to disabled people and their families’ incomes in the UK over the next four years, on top of cuts to many local care and support services.”