Crippen: RIP….

January 6, 2011

A large grey tombstone stands in a pile of freshly dug earth. On the tombstone is printed in white lettering – ‘RIP Disability Arts, culture, living, civil rights, independence, sexuality, history …’Descrition: A large grey tombstone stands in a pile of freshly dug earth. On the tombstone is printed in white lettering – ‘RIP Disability Arts, culture, living, civil rights, independence, sexuality, history …’

Read Crippen’s blog at http://crippencartoons.wordpress.com/

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One Response to “Crippen: RIP….”

  1. harvey cowe Says:

    Like the image.

    You know what though. I’ve got a feeling that some positive change might magically occur through all of this.

    The independent living agenda is being pushed back three decades within months of the coalition government taking office when 21,000 disabled people potentially lose their entitlement to independent living by 2015 when The Independent living fund ceases to be.

    This will mean that 21,000 disabled people who will be left to rely on Local Authority funding at a time when their budgets are being slashed, particularly surrounding the provision of care, and there are no plans to cover the portion of payments currently paid by the ILF.
    (Disability Now December 2010).

    A report carried out by Demos (2010), aptly entitled “Destination Unknown” suggests that by 2015, families with disabled children will lose over £3,000 each, couples where one partner acts as a carer to their disabled partner will lose more than £3,000 as a couple each by 2015. Individuals moved from Incapacity Benefit to Job Seekers Allowance will lose nearly £9,000 each by 2015. The Government’s proposed welfare reforms will see 3.5 million disabled people lose over £9.2 billion of critical support by 2015 pushing them further into poverty and closer to the fringes of society.

    From 2012, 80,000 disabled people in care homes will loose the mobility component of Disability living allowance. This could mean that disabled people will be further isolated in care homes because they will be unable to continue payments on essential aids to mobility such as wheelchairs and scooters purchased through the Motability scheme or to pay for taxis and other forms of accessible transport.

    Disabled people against cuts (DPAC) suggest that from October 2011 2 million disabled people living in private rented accommodation will see their Housing Benefits reduced and from 2013 for anyone living in social housing which is deemed too large for their needs (DPAC 2010). Almost 65,000 disabled people are at risk of losing their homes because of a cut in mortgage payment support for ‘vulnerable people’ (Gaurdian 2010)

    On top of all of this disabled people are to have their eligibility to legal aid removed so that legal advice on such things as ‘special educational needs appeals’, employment claims, and appeals against refusal of benefits such as disability living allowance and employment and support allowance (ESA) will no longer be available.

    But Disabled people are fighting back. we are talking to each other, sharing ideas, campaigning and protesting.We are not talking about how terrible our impairments are, we are talking about how politics disable us, collective strength.

    As Clair Lewis from DAN (Disabled People’s Direct Action Network)has said:

    “they have left us with nothing to lose anymore so we may as well fight back for all we’re worth.”
    and “government’s actions are swelling the disabled people’s movement’s numbers again.

    We need to get our thinking caps on and think of further ways to harness this power.


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