date: 23 May 2011
embargo: 00.01hrs Wednesday 25 May 2011
Disabled people will be urged to continue their resistance to the government spending cuts which are hitting every aspect of their lives at the TUC's annual disability conference which begins in London today (Wednesday).
A new TUC briefing - Disabled people fighting the cuts - issued to coincide with the conference reveals the true impact of the government's spending cuts on disabled people, and encourages unions and disabled people to fight back.
The TUC report highlights several key areas of concern, including:
The TUC report also suggests ways that unions can help disabled people challenge the cuts, both in the workplace and the wider community.
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: 'This report shows just how hard some of the most vulnerable members of our society have been hit by the government's deep spending cuts.
'But a fightback is taking place and unions have a key role to play. Thousands of disabled people joined the TUC March for the Alternative earlier this year, and many more took part in the Hardest Hit march and rally on 11 May - the largest demonstration by disabled people for decades.'
Speakers at the two-day disability conference at Congress House include TUC Assistant General Secretary Kay Carberry, Anne Begg MP, Stephen Brookes from the NUJ disability hate crime network, and John McArdle from the Black Triangle anti-defamation campaign in defence of disabled peoples' rights.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- Disabled people fighting the cuts is available at www.tuc.org.uk/tucfiles/21/disabled_people_fighting_cuts.pdf
- The TUC disability conference is from 11am on Wednesday 25 May until 5.30pm on Thursday 26 May, at Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS. For more information please contact Peter Purton on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7467 1271.
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Press release (800 words) issued 25 May 2011
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