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Welfare reforms a ‘life and death’ issue

13 December, 2019 — By Tom Foot

Richard Reiser

WELFARE reforms have become a “life and death” issue, a rally in the final days of the general election campaign heard.

More than 100 people turned up to a Disabled Labour event in Malet Street, Bloomsbury, to call for the next government to provide more support for disabled residents.

The event, organised by the Labour Party, heard horror stories from what were described as “brutal and unfair” welfare reforms, like PIP (Person-al Independence Payment) and work capability assessments.

Organiser Richard Reiser said: “There are 10 million disabled voters, and five million adults that are carers – none of whom could surely vote for Boris Johnson.”

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell and shadow disability people minister Marsha de Cordova MP made speeches along with disabled party activists including the comedian Francesca Martinez.

Mr McDonnell told the meeting: “It’s about get- ting our own back. It’s been 10 years of this.”

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