October vigils at court appeals for ILF and decision on mental health and WCA
From Disabled People Against Cuts:
On the 14th October, five ILF users will appeal against the previous court decision that the ILF consultation was carried out fairly at the Royal Courts of Justice. DPAC will be there again and, again have a vigil outside the courts to show support-we will update with further details as they become available.
The initial court case showed that the funds for ILF when transferred to local authorities will cover just one year, something that local authorities did not appear to be made aware of by this Government. A write up from those documents can be found here.
In the meantime, you might like to see some of the stories from those at risk of losing the support to independent living. In the video below, writer, performer and ILF recipient Sophie Partridge talks about the fight for the ILF.
The DWP's attempt to overturn the court decision which found in favour of people with mental health conditions going through the Atos process:
The Mental Health Resistance Network will also hold a vigil outside the courts to protest at the DWP's attempt to overturn a court decision which found this year that the WCA is detrimental to people with mental health issues. The appeal will be heard on the 23rd October at the Upper Tribunal Courts (around the corner from the courts of Justice).
The WCA is detrimental to everyone, but the obvious added stress, anxiety and lack of Atos professionalism in gaining supporting evidence is particularly severe for those with mental health issues. This system is breaking and we must keep up the pressure for the inhumane WCA to be scrapped completely, as DPAC has always argued.
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