Frith (frith_in_thorns) wrote,

Spartacus Report

Today, disabled campaigner Sue Marsh has released her Report for Responsible Reform -- the 'Spartacus report' -- into the proposed changes to DLA: a report entirely funded by a group of sick and disabled people who I'm proud to count myself as part of.

To quote from the press release to demonstrate why this report is so important:

Among the report’s conclusions:

* Only 7% of organisations that took part in the consultation were fully in support of plans to replace DLA with PIP

* There was overwhelming opposition in the consultation responses to nearly all of the government’s proposals for DLA reform

* The government has consistently used inaccurate figures to exaggerate the rise in DLA claimants

* 98% of those who responded opposed plans to change the qualifying period for PIP from three months (as it is with DLA) to six months

* 90% opposed plans for a new assessment, which disabled people fear will be far too similar to the much-criticised work capability assessment used to test eligibility for employment and support allowance (ESA)

* Respondents to the consultation repeatedly warned that the government’s plans could breach the Equality Act, the Human Rights Act and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The report can be found HERE. Please, especially if you're in the UK, read it. Today, we need to make a lot of noise about it. #spartacusreport is currently trending on Twitter, which is amazing. This has the potential to save lives. People are already dying because of these reforms.

This is important. This is the most important thing you will read today. Please, support us.

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