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Disabled Protesters Storm House of Commons Against Abolition of Independent Living Fund.

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 Disabled People Against Cuts  (DPAC) Campaigners from Suffolk/Ipswich at Today’s Parliament Protest.



Inside Parliament: Everyone to Back DPAC!

The BBC reports.

Protesters have attempted to enter the House of Commons chamber during Prime Minister’s Questions.

The group, campaigning against the end of the Independent Living Fund, were prevented from getting in by police.

BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said about 20 protesters, many of whom were in wheelchairs, had made their way towards – and attempted to “storm” into – the Commons chamber.

The doors were quickly closed on the chanting protesters, he said.

Prime Minister’s Questions carried on inside the chamber, and Commons officials told broadcasters not to film the protest, which continued outside in Westminster’s central lobby.

The video above suggests that they have not been successful in that demand!

The Huffington Post adds,

Protesters angry at cuts to welfare for people with disabilities have clashed with police as they attempted to gatecrash the main Commons chamber during Prime Minister’s Questions.

Around 40 demonstrators, including 10 in wheelchairs, from a group called Disabled People Against Cuts were held in Parliament’s Central Lobby after being thwarted from confronting David Cameron.

They were protesting against axing the Independent Living Fund, a payment that one protestor said prevents her being under effective “house arrest”.

The Prime Minister was seemingly unaware of the fracas – which was recorded on social media – as he answered questions from MPs.

Protester Janie Mac told The Huffington Post UK that one demonstrator was “dragged out by both her arms”, and that another was “kicked and punched”.

She said: “One protester tried to go through with their carer and they (the police) grabbed them like you wouldn’t believe.

Sally Booth, who has MS, said the payment was the “difference for most is us between getting out of bed in the morning, washing, getting dressed and given some food, and being parked in front of the television all day.

“It’s not much of a life. Before I got the ILF money I was hardly going out at all. It’s house arrest.”

More reports from Disabled People Against Cuts.

Videos and pics from today: disabled people occupy central lobby at parliament #saveILF



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  1. DPAC really have got some bottle!

    They are worth their weight in gold – to say the least.

    Andrew Coates

    June 24, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    • I bow before them for there dew diligence to fight for justice.

      I salute them all.


      June 25, 2015 at 7:11 am

  2. Ipswich, Giles Corner, a few weeks ago.

    Andrew Coates

    June 24, 2015 at 4:43 pm

  3. Up the anti.

    There will be plenty more protests publicity when DLA indefinite/lifetime disabled people find themselves losing their benefit when PIP reassessments start in October.


    June 24, 2015 at 4:47 pm

  4. I can drive a person insane just by talking to them 👿 👿 😀 😀

    Dr Hannibal Lecter (Jobcentre Psychologist)

    June 24, 2015 at 5:24 pm

  5. The Tories are trying to ‘fudge’ figures on welfare cuts deaths in a shock dossier which claims they’re too ’emotive’,

    Today Prime Minister David Cameron insisted the data “will be published and is being prepared for publication as we speak”.

    But Mirror Online has seen a crucial document which exposes how the Department for Work and Pensions is set to avoid scrutiny. – of course.



    June 24, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    • WANTED

      Indefinite counts of murder in the first degree, unlimited counts of property theft, untold counts of fraud.



      June 25, 2015 at 6:48 am

  6. Government wants school children to have carried out 100 hours of work experience before age of 16.

    (As yet cant locate news article but was mentioned on BBC Breakfast show)

    Is there no depth of depravity that this government wont sink to, to cover up there failings and carry out there agenda to enslave the lower class to a life of slavery on no to poor inadequate wages while the rich and powerful wallow in there own greed.


    June 25, 2015 at 6:58 am

  7. Schools are massaging behaviour figures, says advisor


    Government again sends in shady figure to fudge facts by accusing schools of withholding true counts of anti social behaviour in the classroom.

    All this despite a recent report published by the Prison Reform Trust stated only 2% of all kids put in care were so because of socially unacceptable behaviour.


    Suggesting government care of children institutes crime in our youth.


    June 25, 2015 at 7:08 am

    • It does seem no matter what the numbers or figures are with anything, there are always those who mess around with them, in the hope that we, will always see an untrue figure.


      June 25, 2015 at 8:45 am

      • like this one.

        The UK population grew by almost half a million last year to 64,596,800, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.



        June 25, 2015 at 10:24 am

      • That shows that the ‘1000 new jobs a day’ is barely keeping up with the pop growth, even though all of the ‘new people’ won’t have been of working age.
        Perhaps the reason why unemployment feels as bad as ever (even to employment advisers) in most places, is simply because it is!

        Another Fine Mess

        June 25, 2015 at 11:59 am

  8. Bioethicist urges all mens sperm should be frozen at age of 18, he goes on to say it should be the norm.


    They want to take our body parts unless we withdraw consent, now they want to force all men to hand over there sperm, is there no end to the devaluation of a persons human rights ?



    June 25, 2015 at 7:25 am

    • Those who want – they must be reminded that those who want don’t always get what they want.


      June 25, 2015 at 10:02 am

    • OT

      The first attempt at giving human volunteers “synthetic blood” made in a laboratory for the first time will take place within the next two years, the NHS has announced.



      June 25, 2015 at 10:48 am

      • Although not quite eugenics all this stuff will come to no good in this lets play literal god game.

        It all comes off like a script from true blood and we all know how they were treated and treated others.

        In a hundred years it makes one wonder if we will ever debate what constitutes as a human when we are all only 40 % human. What I mean is we all know how us humans treat other species so does spark interest.


        June 25, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      • Are we human or are we dancer?

        The [DWP] Killers

        June 25, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    • This freezing sperm for me anyway has permutations im not sure im comfortable with.


      June 25, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      • I don’t like the idea either, what’s next with the NHS or whatever name it will one day become.


        June 26, 2015 at 3:14 pm

  9. The storming with motorised wheelchairs looks like Invasion of the Daleks out of Dr Who. EXTERMINATE!!!!!!!!!!!! EXTERMINATE!!!!!!!!!!


    June 25, 2015 at 7:52 am

    • lol just noticed one of the guys in the pic is holding a pic of a Dalek lol


      June 25, 2015 at 7:54 am

      • A trusty companion of his.

        Andrew Coates

        June 25, 2015 at 10:59 am

  10. Is there anyone who doesn’t yet know – Britons expect to work longer and still end up strapped for cash in retirement, official study reveals.



    June 25, 2015 at 11:57 am


    The Scream

    June 25, 2015 at 6:07 pm


    The Scream

    June 25, 2015 at 6:17 pm



    Meanwhile, Lord Freud said the rise in demand for food banks was difficult to understand., adding ‘it is very hard to know why people go to them’.


    June 26, 2015 at 9:33 am

    • So IDS has finally worked out how to turn a national disgrace into foodstamps then ?


      June 26, 2015 at 9:45 am

      • Maybe im wrong but doesn’t the food the public supply still cost more than the taxes they pay towards welfare ?

        Taxes that wont get reduced as a result of these cuts as im sure the working public are expecting.


        June 26, 2015 at 9:47 am

    • Meanwhile at the local food bank, a lot more families appearing for food.


      June 26, 2015 at 10:09 am

      • In need of because of the usual reasons.


        June 26, 2015 at 10:11 am

      • I don’t know about you enigma but these days im of the state of mind that unless preverbal blood is drawn, I doubt we will see change as the government has succeeded in dividing us.

        Take these lawyers, do you really think they give a crap about what there spouting or the innards of there pockets ?


        June 26, 2015 at 11:53 am

      • The truth is the lawyers don’t care about helping those who need free legal help, so this protesting with boards saying what they say is nonsense. as if lawyers like to work for free.


        June 26, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      • Yes, that magical word free


        June 26, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      • enigma:

        Expect the number of people appearing at food banks to increase dramatically after July 8th.

        jj joop

        June 26, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      • I think hes well aware of that jj cool


        June 26, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      • Yes JJ, I have told all those who work in the local food that it will get busier, (because some of them don’t know and don’t think it will), especially when UC starts in this town in September, it’s already getting a lot busier lately, it’s open 4 days per week, 5 hours per day at the moment, ………..


        June 26, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      • Hey enigma:

        I bet you get the same reaction I get when I try and advise people of the coming storm – you get the thousand yard stare. Like either you’re mad, or it’s not going to effect them. You can but try, eh. Hey-ho!

        And if they’re going to cut JSA for the long term unemployed then I’ll be frequenting my local food bank as well. Long term unemployed use to be two years, now it’s been whittled down to twelve months.

        jj joop

        June 27, 2015 at 10:41 am

      • Yes JJ, a lot of people just don’t know what is really going on, they just go about their business, not knowing what a sanction is, not knowing what UC is, and of course those people have never had to go to a food bank, it’s sad really because we know what may happen to those people.


        June 27, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      • “long term unemployed” – how long is a piece of string? It has been stated as little as 13 weeks. Suppose Obsorne could start docking the giros of the “long term unemployed” at say 12 months: “Hear, hear!” from the it-won’t-affect-me-I’m-alright-Jack-knobheads who support this shit… then whittle the definition of “long term” down to 13 weeks or less. I’ll tell you what though, Osborne would have to be a right dickhead to dock the giros of the “long-term” unemployed…. and it would be the last time I voted Tory 😀


        June 27, 2015 at 3:03 pm

  14. I recently through remploys own website tried to contact them via there online contact form titled general enquires.

    My question was,

    Don’t you think considering the time you have been in business that it was high time you had a business model that wasn’t reliant on government hand-outs in order for you to lift a finger to help those in need that aren’t getting hand-outs themselves ?

    There system instantly flashed up,

    Your email address doesn’t quite look right (in red)

    If you look at this on there site you will see (*) which has always been for the purpose on any site to denote an area of text that must be required inorder to proceed. You will notice however the email address has no such mark.

    Despite this being the case leads one to not being able to enquire. Yes I could make a dummy account but that is besides the point.

    If any are wondering why im doing this its in response to people who are recovering from injury or illness who have reported to me that they cant get an employer nor agency to take them on so approached remploy for tips but were refused help on account of not drawing any benefits whats so ever.

    I have myself physically already approached remploy while purporting to be such a person so see first hand if this is true and sure enough this is the case. I was also shocked by when they said they couldn’t help me unless im on benefits but then went on to say if I was ex army that they could get around it.

    I also prior as reported went around various agencies to see if they could find me work which was even more shocking when they said they couldn’t help anyone in my position with some becoming quite hostile when I questioned them further. I basically said to them im recovering from 2 broken legs and can walk but for not any reasonable amount of time so can do production line work but not say warehouse that requires walking about. I even said I could work at least 3 days a week 12 hours a day but not a full week. Despite offering 32 hours of my labour towards a potential employer, they simply refused to entertain the premise.

    If they can treat a person in the condition I described, one can only wonder how they treat people with more serious conditions whether or not they draw benefit.

    Even though I have read many a post here and elsewhere, its even more shocking to walk a mile in there boots to see it in the flesh where your either a cash machine to prop up a front or simply discarded like trash by employers and agencies alike.


    June 26, 2015 at 10:24 am

    • Last year I was employed full time, very fast heavy work, my hands soon started to swell up, I seen a health adviser while at work, I was told that if my hands give me problems then I would be given a different job in the same company, only this didn’t happen and so I was let go, ever since I have applied for different jobs with the same company – many emails to and from, basically you’ll know before I even say it, to add to that there is also sex discrimination, I now see the add has changed for the job I applied for which doesn’t involve fast and heavy work, – after I had wrote a letter to the head office. I applied for it this morning – again, and will see what happens.


      June 26, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      • Don’t get me started on businesses and the health and safety laws.

        I will leave you on this topic with just one sentence you can find in the HASAWA

        Reasonably practicable.


        June 26, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      • Ok Gaia I won’t! thanks


        June 26, 2015 at 3:07 pm

  15. This will come as no surprise.

    It’s a well reserached article on a story we’ve covered, and it’s about a protest Boycott Workfare are heavily involved with.

    Mental Health Workers Protest At Move To Integrate Clinic With Jobcentre

    Critics say plans for London clinic come dangerously close to government proposal to give psychological treatments to the unemployed.

    “Mental health workers and their clients are marching on a jobcentre in south-west London in protest at a scheme they say frames unemployment as a psychological disorder.

    The Department for Work and Pensions announced in March that Streatham’s jobcentre would be the first to have therapists giving mental health support to help unemployed people back into work.

    The DWP has now said that announcement was a mistake. But by coincidence, next week Lambeth council will open a £1.9m mental health clinic in the same building.

    Mental health workers and service users, furious at what they see as an attempt to embed psychological treatment in a back-to-work agenda, were to go ahead with their demonstration anyway.

    They said they regarded Lambeth’s decision to locate the borough’s main community mental health centre in the same building as the jobcentre as being in the spirit of the plan to give psychological treatment to the unemployed.

    Anger has been growing since the March budget announced a scheme to bring counsellors into jobcentres to offer “integrated employment and mental health support to claimants with common mental health conditions”.

    Under the plan, therapists from the NHS’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme would support jobcentre staff to assess and treat claimants, who may be referred to online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) courses.

    According to a recent DWP reply to a Freedom of Information request, the therapists would provide “Nice [National Institute for Health and Care Excellence]-approved and evidence-based psychological therapies to treat people with depression and anxiety disorders”.

    The letter from the DWP went on: “Given that confidential space to deliver therapy is available in Jobcentre Plus premises, IAPT services will be conducting assessments and face-to-face therapy sessions in jobcentres, in the same way that they are provided in other community settings.

    “Supported online CBT will be conducted through computers, via instant messaging and video communication tools, and via telephone.”

    Advocates point to the correlation between poverty and mental health problems and say helping people back to work could aid their recoveries. Offering therapy to people on benefits could help them deal with the worst psychological effects of joblessness, they say.

    But critics say existing back-to-work policies, such as workfare, which forces people to work for their benefits, place people under psychological pressure, making jobcentres inappropriate venues for mental health treatment. Moreover, they are concerned that in an environment where there are few good jobs, individuals’ unemployment will be blamed on their own attitude.

    The DWP has said claimants would not be sanctioned for refusing psychological treatment. But the Tory manifesto threatened benefit cuts for ill people who refused medical treatment that could help them back to work. In a hustings, Mark Harper, the minister for disabled people, suggested people with mental health conditions could be included.”

    More here: http://www.welfareweekly.com/mental-health-workers-protest-at-move-to-integrate-clinic-with-jobcentre/

    Andrew Coates

    June 26, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    • The DWP has now said that announcement was a mistake – I’m Santa Claus, I’ll bet and anyone else on here, the DWP will tell all those who enter JC’S that they have to endure Psychological Therapies and CBT courses. or their benefits will stop, as we all know that’s all we hear from the DWP, – do it or else. because we know it is as I said before just another target driven plan.


      June 26, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      • lol those were they days, leaving the docs surgery with a bottle of 1000 tammies 😀 and if that wasn’t enough we used to knick our mum’s supply when we popped back home 😀

        A Squat

        June 27, 2015 at 7:35 am

    • Arrr, less we forget the decades upon decades the military has been exposed to it yet here we have it as though it only just appeared.

      I laugh at CBT, a useless weak and pathetic test that achieves only success on the gullible and even then wont last, it never does. If claimants want to be really scared then wait until they try to drug you, when your views and thoughts become twisted, unbalanced and of what appear not your doing.

      Here’s the thing though its not a terminal cancer in that its not permanent and like all psychiatry requires constant reinforcement on a subject that has no idea its happening.

      There’s only certain things that can done to change the brain permanently and there all banned and have been for a very long time and even if they did bring them back, you would be nothing more than mush incarnate, completely and utterly useless for anything.

      Remember this and there attempts are nothing more than there failed polices.

      Do the research and like the secret of life, the brain is still a mystery to them as it was when they first started and why they bumble like child chasing a fly.

      “you ask me how I feel, I answer but I don’t”

      Pick that out of your teeth.


      June 26, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      • When I was a teenager, when it was fashionable to squat even though you had a perfectly good home to go to. One of our past times was visiting these doctors so we could tell them tall stories just to get there drugs so we could sell them for recreational use.

        We even had nicknames for them like black bombers,DF118s, tammies, jellybeans and so forth.

        We played them and there lust for believing they were actually making a difference quite literally made it like stealing candy from a baby. This went on for quite a few years before they worked out there so called medicine was being marketed on the streets hence the pee in a cup approach they later adopted and even then we still tricked them.

        The only thing that’s changed today is they try mind games which as I said before aren’t questions but statements there trying to get you to agree to as though it was under your own conscious thought pattern.

        You cant sanction someone for not answering a question the way you want them to as you still participated and no tribunal will see it any other way if they dare.


        June 27, 2015 at 4:52 am

      • lol those were they days, leaving the docs surgery with a bottle of 1000 tammies 😀 😀 and if that wasn’t enough we used to knick our mum’s supply when we popped back home 😀 😀

        A Squat

        June 27, 2015 at 7:37 am

  16. Newcastle City Council ‘forced’ to plunder welfare funds


    Only quite literally the other day the BBC asked the question, “is welfare reform working”


    Well BBC, just ask the charities left fighting poverty while our government plans a further 12Bn in welfare cuts while masking the true extent of the problem.


    June 27, 2015 at 5:48 am

    • We can expect all councils doing the same,- it’s going to be a lot worse than we know.


      June 27, 2015 at 7:41 am

  17. A cautionary welfare story


    I wonder how one makes a profit out of welfare ?


    June 27, 2015 at 5:51 am

  18. ‘No children, no dogs, no DSS’: The demonisation of benefit claimants is helping fuel homelessness, and it’s about to get even worse


    “Please sir, can I have some more”


    June 27, 2015 at 6:00 am

  19. The new face of the work programme and why you might be taking a second tour.


    June 27, 2015 at 6:07 am

    • So if you go onto Universal Credit from JSA, having already done the Work Programme, then you become eligible for WP Plus, i.e. a second tour.

      WP Plus? I’ve never heard of it.

      jj joop

      June 27, 2015 at 10:51 am

      • If you notice he refers to all the benefits under UC.


        June 28, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      • He probably thinks UC has been rolled out!

        “ALEP” is what the victim says when the JC advisor tells them there going back to Waste Programme 2.

        Another Fine Mess

        June 28, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    • All aboard the gravy train MkII.

      Another Fine Mess

      June 28, 2015 at 1:25 pm

  20. The real benefit cheats are the employers who are milking the system


    In the last year, Tesco has cost the Treasury £364m in pay-rate supplements.


    June 27, 2015 at 6:31 am

  21. You know what, I fully regret posting every single post that had a link to a news article ever.
    I mean what’s the points, its not like any of us are any richer for it, its not like when these press people go home, they toss and turn in anguish like we do every single moment of our day even when not sleeping.

    Its clear is it not that whether there for us or against us, we never ever benefit from it, never see change in those firmly plugged tory earholes. We are just a platform for profit and the more misery we suffer, the more money they make.

    Well I for one wont be anyone’s cheque book anymore so fu*k the businesses, fu*k the government and all those I think but as it happens don’t and cant working class w*nkers who open there mouths with such unintelligent and ill-conceived notions that quite frankly fall flat at the pure mention of sound logic.

    I would say have a good weekend but I think we all know the harsh reality of that statement so lets part with me saying “be safe”.


    June 27, 2015 at 7:39 am

    • gaia:

      WE are the eternal losers.

      jj joop

      June 27, 2015 at 10:53 am

      • And, gaia, keep posting!!!

        jj joop

        June 27, 2015 at 10:54 am

      • Yes Gaia, your contributions are highly valued – I really mean that!

        Andrew Coates

        June 27, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    • Yes the posting of news about what is going on – the reality, it only reminds us every day that millions of people have suffered and millions more will suffer, but then we have to keep up with all that’s going on and what will happen in the future so we can then inform others. it does benefit us though when people post articles because a lot of them have helped us in our war with DWP, especially yourself Gaia, so please continue posting.


      June 27, 2015 at 1:10 pm

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