Published On: Sun, Sep 19th, 2021

Disabled People Against Cuts to hold ‘audioriots’ against Universal Credit cut, legacy benefit deprivation and anti-protest law

‘Noisy protests’ around Tory conference, in London and elsewhere

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) is hoping #AudioRiot protests in central London and around the country will help highlight concerns about a series of “devastating” changes to social security being imposed by the Tories.

DPAC is asking disabled activists and their allies to bring anything that will make a row: drums, whistles, bells, loudhailers, football rattles, along with ear protection, to protest about the government’s ongoing assault on vulnerable people. Of particular and immediate concern is the Tories’ decision to scrap – from the end of this month – the £20-a-week uplift to universal credit that was introduced at the start of the pandemic.

The protest will gather outside King’s Cross station – but is not intended to disrupt travel or any of the station’s activities – at 11.30am this Tuesday, 28 September.

The protest also aims to draw attention to a long-neglected reality – the government’s refusal to offer the same pandemic ‘uplift’ to those on ‘legacy benefits’, who have not yet been moved across to the widely-condemned Universal Credit system. These include disabled people claiming employment and support allowance (ESA).

Three days before the Kings Cross protest – on Saturday 25 September – DPAC is also asking members and allies around the country to create AudioRiot in their local areas.

DPAC is also raising funds for a protest at the Tories’ annual conference, which begins 3 October in Manchester, involving a mobile video screen that will tour the city, during Rishi Sunak’s speech to the conference, highlighting the Tories’ endless attacks on disabled people. If you want to donate to the fundraiser, you can do so here.

Finally, from 9.15-10am on the morning of 28 September before the Kings Cross event, DPAC will be holding a vigil at the High Court in London to support two ESA claimants who have taken legal action against the government for breaching the European Convention on Human Rights by increasing the standard allowance of universal credit by £20-a-week, but not increasing the rate for 1.9 million ESA recipients by the same amount.

For further information about any of the above, email Ellen at mail@dpac.uk.net.

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