Demonstraters protest in Norwich against work capability assessments

Mark Harrison, front left, CEO of Equal Lives. This picture was taken at an earlier protest, and not

Mark Harrison, front left, CEO of Equal Lives. This picture was taken at an earlier protest, and not from today's event. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Protesters today gathered in Norwich to demonstrate against the impact of government tests that examine if disabled people qualify for benefits.

The protest was organised by disability charity Equal Lives and Norfolk Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), and consisted of around 15 people armed with placards and posters outside St Mary's House, on Duke Street.

They unveiled a banner and chanted as cars drove by, some tooting in support.

The venue is where work capability assessments are carried out by private American company Maximus.

Lyn Gardenchild, a protester from Norwich, said the assessments were not designed to test a person's ability to work.


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'It's applying a template and that doesn't fit everyone,' she said.

'A lot of the people here are the least able to look after themselves and are least coherent and articulate in fighting for themselves.

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'Many people have mental health difficulties and they can't cope with these mechanical evaluations.'

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