Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) was set up in 2020 to oppose the brutal and disproportionate impacts of austerity on disabled people. DPAC is about disabled people and their allies.
DPAC is UK based but we know that disabled people in other countries are suffering from austerity cuts and a lack of fundamental rights. We welcome all to join us in fighting for justice and human rights for all disabled people. Disabled people should not be the scapegoats for the financial mistakes of governments, should not be constantly told that there is no money to support them by millionaire politicians.
We will not tolerate further erosion of our living conditions or our human rights, nor will we sit quietly while they try to take our rights away.
DPAC is for everyone who believes that disabled people should have full human rights and equality. It is for everyone that refuses to accept that any country can destroy the lives of people just because they are or become disabled or have chronic health issues. It is for everyone against government austerity measures which target the poor while leaving the wealthy unscathed. It is for everyone who refuses to stay silent about the injustices delivered by wealthy politicians on ordinary people and their lives.
Our vision for a national independent living support system - a vision document from the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) developed by disabled people and our allies setting out proposals for a National Independent Living Support Service capable of addressing the multiple failings of the current local authority administered "care and support" system and upholding the rights of disabled people to live and participate equally in the community.
A paper setting out Disabled People Against Cuts position on UBI. The social security safety net has been ripped apart by successive Tory governments. Universal Credit is unfit for purpose and further entrenches the punitive sanctions regime that discriminates against disabled people. However, DPAC does not believe that UBI is the solution we should be fighting for. The terrible human costs of so-called 'welfare reform' on disabled people are frequently cited to support arguments in favour of UBI and yet the conclusion of initiatives to produce detailed models for how a UBI could work in Britain is that disability benefits would need to be left as a separate parallel system alongside a UBI. Disabled campaigners have significant concerns that introduction of a UBI would take precedence over and above addressing the failings of the current disability benefit system and could even lead to pressures to tighten eligibility and make cuts.
13 July 2020 - with disabled campaigners speaking from Sweden, Bolivia, Uganda, Hungary, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, and Ireland.
15 June 2020 - with speakers including John McDonnell, Liz Carr (BBC Silent Witness), Laura Pidcock, Ros Wynne Jones (journalist), Debbie Abrahamsn MP, Professor Colin Barnes and DPAC co-founder Linda Burnip among many others.