Good news, at last something is stirring nationally in relation to the very nasty and draconian Welfare Reform Bill: a new national coalition has been created: its a very important step, but imo, it will be interesting to see what support it gets from the left, liberals and the activist scene, etc.
The 'Coalition Against The Welfare Reform Bill' , a new national organisation comprising of many many different user led disability groups, has been launched to challenge the coming Welfare Reform Bill: a bill that will see disabled people lose benefits, housing benefit abolished, disabled people pushed into unsuitable work, and possibly forced to undertake certain medical treatments. It includes the British Council of Disabled People (BCODP) which represents some 80 groups run by disabled people in the UK which between them have a total membership of around 350,000 disabled people, UK Coalition of People living with HIV and AIDs, National Union of Journalists (Disabled Council Members), Spinal Injury Association, Disabled Peoples Action Network, People First, Trade Union Disabled Peoples Alliance,Sheffield Welfare Action Network and many many more.
Its first big event will be protesting at the Labour Party Conference on Monday 25th Sept.
The Coalition Against the Welfare Reform Bill
Stroll/Roll, Rally against the Welfare Reforms,
Manchester Labour Party Conference.
25th September 2006
Stroll/Roll: 3pm at Exchange Square, (opposite Arndale Centre) on Corporation St
Rally/Static Protest: 4 pm G-MEX centre on Lower Mosley St. (LP Conference
+ Fringe meeting: 8.00 pm
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