Protesters in wheelchairs block UK Parliament entrance over benefit cuts


Disability rights campaigners protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London, July 18, 2017. (File Photo)

Protesters in wheelchairs have attempted to block the entrance to the House of Commons in the Parliament to demonstrate against cuts to disability benefits.
The demonstration took place Wednesday in Parliament’s Central Lobby as lawmakers attempted to exit the House chamber following Prime Minister’s Questions.
The campaign group, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), chanted “no justice, no peace,” saying they were campaigning against cuts to social care.
Protesters chanted: “This is a message to [Prime Minister] Theresa May: while we have no justice, you will have no peace” and “No more deaths from benefit cuts.”
Police formed a line at the entrance to the lobby as some of the demonstrators demanded to talk to MPs.

The photo shows police clash with disability protesters in wheelchairs as they attempt to make their way into the House of Commons chamber, July 19, 2017.

Opposition Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn greeted the protesters as they chanted a chorus of “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn.”
A member of the DPAC told The Independent she was in the Palace of Westminster to protest against the closure of the Independent Living Fund in 2015. 
“Many disabled people with high support needs have had their care packages cut between 20 to 60 percent and are facing a bleak future in residential care or imprisoned at home, excluded from ,” she said.
Last year in September, the head of ’s NHS Providers, which represents hospitals across the country, issued a stark warning that the National Health Services (NHS) is on the verge of collapse due to its swelling cash crisis.
May has been accused of being “in denial” about the full extent of the crisis within the NHS. 
    In January, a large number of people staged a demonstration in London to protest against the government’s policy on the NHS.
    The British Red Cross warned last year that the looming humanitarian crisis at the NHS is due to budget cuts imposed by the government.

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