Volunteer to join big day of action

A HORSHAM woman is among campaigners against cuts to disability benefits and services who are heading to Brighton for a ‘Hardest Hit Day of Action’.

Coralie Oddy, of Owers Close, a Stroke Association volunteer, is joining members of the Maidenbower Stroke Communication Group on October 22, when protests about the cuts that will leave disabled people without vital support will be happening across the UK.

She urged other residents to join them and speak out on behalf of disabled people across the region.

Research by Demos and Scope estimated disabled people and their families will be £9bn worse off over the course of this parliament as they are the hardest hit by the Government’s cuts, losing out in multiple areas including benefit reforms and service cutbacks.

Coralie said: “These benefits and services are vital to ensure that disabled people can lead the kind of lives non-disabled people take for granted.

“Members of our stroke group have aphasia, which means they have difficulty with speech or cannot speak at all.

“Attending an event like this shows the Government that despite this, they do have a voice and can speak out against the cuts.”

The Hardest Hit campaign intends to send a clear message to the Government:

l Stop cuts to services vital to disabled people.

l Make sure changes to Disability Living Allowance do not make disabled people worse off.

l Make sure Employment and Support Allowance works by improving the assessment process and making sure disabled people who are unable to work get the support they need as long as they need it.

l Make sure that the welfare system supports people with the additional costs of living with a disability.

Anyone who would like more information, or wishes to sign up to an event, can visit www.hardesthit.org.uk

The website also contains information for those who cannot travel to an event but want to support the campaign by writing to their MPs or joining an online protest.

The Hardest Hit campaign is co-ordinated by The UK Disabled People’s Council and the Disability Benefits Consortium, a coalition of more than 50 disability charities and organisations.