"Hello Comrades, I’m Seán McGovern of Unite the Union and the TUC General Council
Comrades, the speech I originally had planned for today was a scathing attack on this government.
It spoke of the endemic rottenness that permeates through ConDem policies.
Their attacks on disabled people through:
· the Work Capability Assessment,
· benefits cap,
· benefits sanctions
· bedroom tax,
· and ending of the ILF.
And of course Lord Freud’s that we’re only worth £2 per hour comment.
But, why I thought?
What’s the point in stating the obvious that Tories are the nasty Party?
That the LibDems sold their principles for power.
No, today’s message has to be aimed at a future Labour government.
Here is my message to that Labour government.
Drop your agenda for austerity.
It hasn’t worked so far for this mob.
Stop the cuts in disabled peoples’ benefits and services.
Instead introduce progressive policies.
Bring in disability assessments that are transparent and fair.
Assessments that address the needs of the person.
Not the balance sheet.
If people cannot work due to disability, don’t hound them.
Bring an end to repeat assessments.
For those who can work, help them into sustainable and meaningful employment.
Prosecute employers who discriminate against disabled job seekers.
Introduce an access into work scheme for disabled people.
Disabled job seekers have the same support needs as disabled workers.
Make entry to Access to Work easier.
Stop the decline in the Access to Work scheme.
Plough greater resources into Access to Work.
Properly organised this scheme is a money spinner for the Treasury.
End the vicious sanctioning of benefits.
Make the Personal Independence Payment fit for purpose.
Scrap the unrealistic 20 m ruling from PIP.
Labour, bring back fairness into social care.
Properly resource the services.
Cease the social care postcode lottery.
Make social care packages portable.
Thousands of disabled people with complex care needs depend on the Independent Living Fund.
Stop the closure of ILF.
And finally Labour.
Put an end to government complicity in the demonization and vilification of disabled people via the scum press and media!
Finally Comrades after this demo make your way to Parliament Square to join DPAC in the democracy camp!"