Public meeting on cuts and disability

From: Margaret Stone

Henley Avenue, Sheffield S8

Following the bailout of the banks, we are facing savage cuts in public spending.

Many of those cuts are aimed at people who are disabled, whether due to mental or physical problems. The Campaign for a Fair Society calculates that “More than £7 billion of the total £27 billion which the Government is saving in Departmental budgets is to be borne by less than 3% of the people – those who are least able to bear these cuts.”

Disabled people are being attacked by cuts in welfare benefits and changes to housing regulations and benefits; cuts of around 27% in local authority expenditure are squeezing budgets for adult and children’s social care, again damaging the most vulnerable.

A public meeting has been organised by Sheffield Centre for Independent Living and Church Action on Poverty on “Disability and the Cuts”: Thursday September 29, 7-9pm at the Quaker Meeting House, St James Street S1 (disabled access). Call 2536750 or 2746362 for further details.