Crip The Vote launches UK voting campaign

By agency reporter
May 4, 2017

Disabled campaigners are launching a UK branch of the international Crip The Vote movement, to put urgent disability issues on the General Election agenda. They are asking supporters to become part of the campaign by sharing the hashtag #CripTheVoteUK

Campaigner Dennis Queen, says, “Right now, disabled people are quite literally voting for our lives. We need all voters to know this is an emergency for thousands of disabled people and help us fight back.”

Crip The Vote UK is collecting accounts from disabled people about their lives. Number twenty eight is Jonno’s story. He writes about losing his Disability Living Allowance and being refused a Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

“My life is now chaos unable to pay for care my house has become dirty and dangerous and as I cannot walk even through the garden gate I have been isolated from friends and family... So for the time being I will continue to eat tinned rice pudding, sleep on the sofa and pee in a bottle.  I just hope I can survive until my case reaches sensible ears...  I have even considered deliberately committing a crime so that I can go to prison where I will receive medical attention food and company with no worry about bills that cannot be paid.”

Around nine hundred people a week are losing a specially adapted car or vehicle as they are refused a Personal Independence Payment.

The group says, “We do not promote any party, but we are not uncritical. We cannot ignore or condone the fact that disabled people of all ages, and our families, have been grossly harmed by the existing government, which has come under investigation by the United Nations and our own Equality and Human Rights Commission. Both have condemned them for many abuses, including thousands of deaths which could have been avoided. For example at least 10,000 disabled people have died in the last 7 years (since 2010) within 6 weeks of being declared Fit For Work, and the government ignored warnings about this in its early stages.”

The group is encouraging disabled people, their  friends and families, to use their vote in the General Election, and apply for a postal vote if that is more accessible. They calculate that disabled voters, their families, the families of disabled children and close friends and allies make up around half of the voting population - enough to have a big effect on what happens in the General Election.

Alex Haagaard, a founding member of Crip The Vote UK said “The prospect that this government might receive a renewed mandate to continue their harassment, neglect and - in the end - extermination of disabled people frankly terrifies me.”

Eleanor Lisney, disability activist and co-founder of #CriptheVoteUK, said “We must vote if we are to have a chance to survive the coming onslaught against our human rights. Disabled people should make politicians aware that, with 13 million potential voters, we cannot be ignored.”

 CTVUK has grown out of the global #CripTheVote movement which is explained here

 Twitter @CripTheVoteUK  

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CripTheVoteUK/

CTVUK  launch video featuring Eleanor Lisney  here 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission report, Being disabled in Britain, a journey less equal is here

The United Nations report is here

* Crip The Vote UK  https://medium.com/@CripTheVoteUK

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