22 November 2010
The idea of DHM is to highlight the profile of disabled people’s rights and struggle for equality, with a particular emphasis on:
Hate crime, poverty and discrimination are a daily experience among the UK’s 12 million disabled people and the situation is set to worsen as the government’s cuts bite.
UK Disability History Month aims to highlight the profile of disabled people's rights and struggle for equality.
From claimants on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to those on Incapacity Benefit, all are being reassessed or re-categorised following government statements that infer mass numbers of fraudulent claims.
Such political rhetoric, apart from being grossly unfair, has the danger of leading to increased hate crime. The Treasury Spending Challenge website had to be suspended in July after it put up numerous posts inciting hatred against disabled people. The Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Metropolitan Police are investigating the Treasury’s failure to remove the posts promptly after complaints.
As a PCS member, it would be helpful if you could contact your MP and ask them to sign up to EDM 986 ‘Disability History Month’.
If you don’t know who your MP is, put your postcode in on the parliament home page in the bottom left hand box. You can then click through to find contact details for their office.