“Brutal” benefit sanctions highlighted at Norwich protest

Cuts to benefits for disabled people demonstration at DWP, Job Centre, Norwich. Mark Harrison, CEO o

Cuts to benefits for disabled people demonstration at DWP, Job Centre, Norwich. Mark Harrison, CEO of Equal Lives leading the protest.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Disability campaigners took to the streets to highlight 'brutal' benefits sanctions in Norwich.

More than 20 people from the charity Equal Lives, DPAC Norfolk & Suffolk and their supporters demonstrated outside the Job Centre at Kiln House.

They claim that disabled people are losing their benefits which is resulting in unnecessary deaths and suicides.

Mark Harrison, chief executive of Equal Lives, said: 'We want the public to know just how brutal the sanctioning regime is. Disabled parents are losing their benefits for months at a time for no good reason and their children are going hungry. We call on the Government to end this cruel and degrading policy immediately.'

In 2013 more than one million people had their benefits stopped, which Mr Harrison said was leaving poor and disabled people destitute.


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Equal Lives was formed in 1996 by groups of disabled people in Norfolk. It provides advice that covers all Department of Work and Pensions benefits relating to illness and disability and support, advice and information for the families and carers of disabled people.

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