Saturday 8th September
By Waterstones, corner of New Street and High Street, city centre Birmingham
As part of the cuts to welfare, disabled workers face losing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) as it gets changed to Personal Independence Plan (PIP) – with a reassesment test that will be run by ATOS, the IT company that has been the focus for protests against the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) assessment for Employment Support Allowance (ESA).
The fear is that the PIP assessment process will be handled in the same way – with the aim being to reduce the amount of money paid, not assess properly whether someone needs the extra support, which is often what allows them to stay in work. DLA is a vital benefit for many people, and recently a number of paralympians told the Guardian what DLA means to them
Rising unemployment affects disabled workers more, as they find it harder to get back into work. Once they have lost their job they will find themselves either on Jobseekers allowance, or in the WRAG group on ESA. If they are in the WRAG group, they may soon face unlimited workfare assignments, along with increased sanctions if they refuse.
So on Saturday, come and join PCS disabled workers to protest and help build for the Tory Conference demonstration on Sunday 7th October.
accessibility information: New Street and Moor Street train stations are the closest, around 500m from either station. Both stations are wheelchair accessible. The nearest bus stops are the ones on Moor Street Queensway. Please check the Network West Midlands website for details of bus routes.
Accessible toilets are available within 100m of Waterstones in the Bull Ring and Pavilions shopping centres.
The event is to be held outdoors.