UK: Disabled protesters dragged out of parliament by police

About 50 protesters including some in wheelchairs were forcebly dragged out of the House of Commons by police in London, Wednesday, after attempting to occupy the chamber during a protest against disability cuts to the International Living Fund (ILF).

The Independent Living Fund (ILF) delivers financial support to disabled people so they can choose to live in their communities rather than in residential care.

Residential care can cost between

Weekly residential costs per week range from e.g. £325 per wek to £3295 per week.
We currently have commitments for 52 residential placements at an avaerage cost per week of £1251.

Disability campaigners clash with police inside parliament over benefit cuts

The campaigners were protesting against planned changes to the independent living fund. The fund, worth £320m a year, is currently controlled by the Department for Work and Pensions and is intended to help around 20,000 people with severe disabilities live as independently as possible. Following a consultation, the government announced in March 2014 that it would scrap it at the end of this month.

That’s £16,000 per person p.a

when we have

MPs set to receive 11% pay rise from 2015

Parliamentary watchdog Ipsa is set to recommend a rise of £7,600- per head

Now – who do YOU think needs the money the most?