The Hardest Hit are planning to send a giant Christmas card to the Government signed by thousands of disabled people, those with long-term conditions and their families and friends. They want to let them know that we are not asking for gifts, but we do want our basic rights protected and the support to enable us to live independently and with dignity.
The card will be presented in December – They’ll be posting more details on their website soon. So please add your message today and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
Disabled and ill people and their families are being hit hard by cuts to the benefits and services they rely on.
Many are living in fear of huge cuts to essential benefits including Disability Living Allowance (cut by £2.17 billion) and Employment and Support Allowance (cut by £2 billion). The total cuts will mean an estimated £9 billion loss to families’ incomes over the next four years, on top of cuts to many local care and support services.
This affects people and families across the UK living with conditions like HIV, Cancer, Dementia, Arthritis, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis, Sensory Impairments, Learning Disabilities, Mental Health Conditions and Physical Disabilities. Everyday lives depend on support that is under threat.
The Government’s plans to cut billions from support for disabled people and their families. Their proposals include:
- Cutting 20% from the budget for Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Disability Alliance estimates that over 700,000 disabled people could see their benefits reduced or removed. DLA helps disabled people with the extra costs of disability and without it more disabled people would be pushed into poverty. The cuts could have a knock-on impact on Carer’s Allowance, leaving thousands of families even worse off.
- Taking mobility payments away from disabled people living in residential care and children going to residential schools. Cutting these payments would trap many in their own homes.
- Cutting off payments of contributory Employment and Support Allowance after a year to people struggling to get back into work due to disability or serious illness.
The Hardest Hit campaign brings together disabled people and carers and organisations and groups who represent them and to send a message to Government – you are hitting disabled people and their families the hardest: stop these cuts.