Disability rights campaigners protest at Amazon depot

By staff writers
April 6, 2013

Disability rights campaigner and WOW petition organiser Susan Archibald today (6 April) protested at Amazon’s depot in Halbeath, Fife. With fellow protestors she made the point that if large companies like Amazon paid their fair share of tax in the UK, cuts to disability benefits and measures like the bedroom tax would not be necessary.

The WOW campaign asks "How long will we let the government help big tax avoiders siphon off wealth from the people of Britain, while saying there is not enough money to help sick and disabled people live a decent life?"

The cross-party think tank Demos has calculated that disabled people in the UK will lose £28 billion over the next five years due to welfare reform.

The abolition of Disability Living Allowance, which helps people cover the additional costs of being disabled, and its replacement by Personal Independence Payments, will see 300,000 disabled people either have their benefit cut or removed altogether.

Susan is part of a team of sick and disabled people and carers who organised the WOW petition which calls for a Cumulative Impact Assessment of Welfare Reform, and a New Deal for sick and disabled people. It also calls for an end to the Work Capability Assessments, as demanded by the British Medical Association in 2012, because doctors said it was causing real harm to their patients.

In 2004 Susan won a landmark case in the House of Lords: Archibald v Fife Council, which means there is now a duty on employers to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people if they become unable to carry out the job they are in due to their disability. She says, "My ultimate aim is to enable and empower other disabled people to achieve their goals in life."

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