London Mayor and Minister heckled at Disability Capital event

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London Mayor and Minister heckled at Disability Capital event

Angry disabled people confronted the minister for disabled people and London’s mayor when they addressed a conference held to discuss disability issues in the capital.

25/10/2011

Disabled people and other campaigners demonstrated their anger about brutal government cuts to disability benefits and services.

Inclusion London submitted a question asking whether planned cuts of 20 per cent to spending on disability living allowance (DLA) meant the government was breaching its duties under the Equality Act. Maria Miller’s response angered disabled peopleas she seemed to suggest that there is widespread abuse of DLA, while government research acknowledges that fraud is as low as 0.5%.

Boris and Maria Miller were also asked to explain why the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics were being sponsored by Atos, the much-criticised company that carries out ‘fitness for work’ tests for the government. However, neither Johnson nor Miller responded to the questions, with Johnson asking for any such questions to be put to him in writing. All questions were submitted in advance of the event.

Former Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, spoke about the 2012 games. However, she ended her speech with a call for disabled people to contact her with their ‘views and opinions and cases’ about their concerns with government’s welfare reform bill. The crossbench peer asked disabled people to contact her with material she could use during debates on the bill by emailing on greythompsont@parliament.uk There are other disabled peers to write to other such as Baroness Jane Campbell, email:campbelljs@parliament.uk, Lord Colin Low, email:lowc@parliament.uk and members of the All Party Parliamentary Disability group, the list of members is available at: www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/disability.htm contact details available at: www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/lords/#L Sources for this article included: Disability News Service