Next UK Government must commit: no more cuts to disability benefits

Published date: 12 May 2017 at 9:06AM

Today, we’re launching an open letter to Party Leaders, to urge them to protect disability benefits. We're calling for no more cuts in the next UK Government. 

>> Add your voice, call for no more cuts to disability benefits

Joining up with other charities to send a strong message

We’re launching the letter as members of the Disability Benefits Consortium. Together, we’re a national coalition of more than 80 charities and organisations, so our message is all the stronger. 

We're standing up for more than 13 million disabled people in the UK, who spend an average of £550 a month on costs related to their disability. That's #13millionlives.

You told us, disability benefits matter

We recently asked our campaigns community what issues matter to you this election. Hundreds of you contacted us, but there was one issue that stood out – disability benefits.

Recent changes have led to stressful assessments and delays, and tighter eligibility criteria. These issues have made life more difficult for many people with MS.

Make welfare make sense

We launched the MS: Enough campaign to bring attention to welfare issues affecting people with MS. You told us many of you are having to make difficult choices. Choices like whether you can afford to buy basic essentials, attend hospital appointments or spend time with family and friends.

We must be able to rely on support when we need it, without constant fear of having it taken away.

Financial support is vital for people with MS

Our Chief Executive Michelle Mitchell says: “Financial support is vital for people with MS to live independent lives and participate fully in society.

"We have a crucial opportunity to make our voice heard before the election. We're urging Party Leaders to protect disability benefits from further cuts in the next Parliament.”

Add your voice, call for no more cuts

Add your name to our open letter to Party Leaders. Tell the next Government to make no more cuts to disability benefits. 

>> Add your name, call for no more cuts

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