Cuts to disability support funding lead Norwich locals to protest

Disability protestors on Duke Street

Disability protestors on Duke Street - Credit: Archant

Disability protestors took to the streets of Norwich today in protest of their growing concerns regarding government cuts to disability support funding.

The group met at noon on Grape Hill before moving to the Health Assessment Centre on Duke Street.

The protest centred around the loss of freedom the disabled community claim they are experiencing due to funding cuts to the services they receive.

Chief Executive of Equal Lives, Mark Harrison said: 'It compromises their independence; they're prisoners in their own home.

'This country used to be championed for its disability rights, but they're putting the clock back, it's an international disgrace.'

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Social care for disabled people is reportedly underfunded by £1 billion nationally.

'We want all previous funding restored,' Mr Harrison said.

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'People haven't got the help they need to even go to the toilet; they have to wear nappies instead. It hugely affects their dignity.'

Jan McLacklan of the Norfolk People's Assembly agreed, she said: 'Disabled people are bearing the brunt of austerity, and that's what's at the heart of this.'

Tom Fadden is a wheelchair user, he said: 'My funding has been continually cut down to only critical care.'

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