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When the ongoing process of cutting and restricting access to disability benefits began, we were told it was necessary because spending on them was out of control.
A new TUC report Disability and employment, published today looks at the experiences of disabled people in the labour market and finds that they are still at a significant disadvantage.
A new organisation: Compassionate Britain - speaking up for disabled people aims to unite people across the political spectrum against welfare cuts targeted at disabled people.
In the last Parliament, people with disabilities who challenged government cuts were labelled extremists. Political opposition was weakened by a fear of being seen as on the side of ‘scroungers’.
On Friday, when David Cameron stood outside Downing Street to address the nation, he struck a less strident note then he has for some time.
On the eve of the election, 650 stories from people at the sharp end of austerity were read aloud in a live performance, as part of artist-activist Liz Crow’s Figures project.
I have never felt that voting was so important. For many people, the result of this election could, quite literally, be a matter of life and death.
Cuts in the UK have harmed many of the most disadvantaged, including people who are disabled or low-paid.
People with disabilities or a long-term illness, having borne the brunt of welfare cuts in this Parliament, fear what will happen after the General Election.
John Pring is an experienced journalist, who has been reporting on disability issues for nearly 20 years.
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Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society, has issued a statement on the result of the referendum today.
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