Browsing: Linda Burnip

Activism and Campaigning Debbie Jolly head and shoulders

Activists have paid tribute to Debbie Jolly, a central figure in the disabled people’s anti-cuts movement, a passionate advocate of the social model, and a researcher-activist who “brilliantly” exploited links between research and activism, who died last week. One friend and former colleague described her as “a force for good and an exceptional champion
Benefits and Poverty A wheelchair-user at a protest holding a placard saying 'You Can't Cut This'

Campaigners say the government’s decision to enforce a freeze on working-age benefits from April – even though older people will see their pensions increase by 2.9 per cent – will further entrench disability poverty. The annual “uprating” of working-age benefit rates were decided last October, and are based on the CPI (consumer price index)
Independent Living ILF-users protesting against the closure of the fund

New evidence has cast further doubt on how both central government and local authorities have planned the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF). The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has repeatedly insisted that every local authority in England was told by email the day after the fund closed exactly how much
Activism and Campaigning

The minister for disabled people has been accused of an “unbelievable” and “very worrying” failure to prove his claim that disability organisations “agree with the government” on its policy to shut the Independent Living Fund (ILF). Mark Harper told MPs last month that he had “talked to disability organisations… and they agree with the