Town Hall Meeting
Fighting Back Against Cuts to Disability Benefits-from UK to Ontario
Austerity is Global – so is our resistance
The Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty (S-CAP) will be hosting Ellen Clifford from Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) of the UK at a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. This is part of an Ontario-wide speaking tour organised by the Raise the Rates Campaign that will be visiting Toronto, Kitchener, Sudbury, North Bay, Kingston and Ottawa.
Who is DPAC: The Cameron Government in the UK has implemented brutal cuts to programs for unemployed and disabled people. This includes a system called the Work Capability Assessment that has been used to deny benefits to thousands of people. Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) is an organization in the UK that has been at the forefront of challenging this situation. It has mobilized disabled people to fight back and formed alliances with community organizations and unions in resisting the austerity measures of the Cameron Government. The hated private company, Atos, that was carrying out the assessments of sick and disabled people has been forced to quit as a result of the powerful resistance DPAC and others have taken up.
Here in Ontario, we also face major attacks. Ontario Works (Welfare) and ODSP (Disability) rates are too low to enable people to pay their rent and eat properly. The Special Diet and Community Start Up have been slashed by the Ontario Liberal government. And now, based on recent reports, there is a very real threat that the Government here will now move to merge OW and ODSP and bring in a UK style assessment system. We need to understand what is happening elsewhere and how people are fighting back and winning against the attacks. Austerity is global – but so is our resistance.
Ellen Clifford has been campaigning with the disabled people’s movement for 15 years and, since 2011, has sat on the National Steering Committee of DPAC. She is also a member of Unite the Union and works to build solidarity between workers in unions and those forced to live on social benefits.
Date: Tuesday, May 6
Place: Kinsmen Room A of the Parkside Older Adult Centre on Durham St.
Time: 7 pm
This location is wheelchair accessible. A light snack will be served. Everyone is welcome.
For more information, please visit the SCAP website at sudburycap.com or reach us by phone at 249.878.7227 or by e-mail at [email protected]. .