Protest will highlight disability cuts

Jane Hills
Jane Hills

A Market Rasen woman is heading up a protest this Wednesday, February 19, to highlight the distress caused by cuts in benefits for disabled people.

Jane Hills from John Street will be joined by other disability campaigners outside the Atos Healthcare medical examination centre in Lincoln.

Atos Healthcare conducts assessments on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.

The campaigners are affiliated to the Disabled People Against Cuts group, which has called for a national day of action outside Atos offices across the country.

Jane is not, herself, claiming any benefits, but says she is ‘incensed’ with what is happening.

“I have got a lot of friends who ional have been through this experience,” she said.

“People who can’t get out of bed being told they are fit for work - its horrifying.

“Disabled people are being punished by the cuts policies of this government.

“All I want to do is make the public aware of what is going on.

“We want to demonstrate our point of view that disabled people and their families should be treated with dignity and respect, not as scroungers or a burden on society.

“Nobody wants to be ill; nobody wants to be disabled

“We urge everyone who agrees with us to join our peaceful protest.”

The Atos demonstration is the first time Jane has been on a protest and emphasises that it will be a peaceful protest.

“We have been in touch with the police who have been wonderful - I really couldn’t fault them,” she added.

“If there is any trouble, I will call the police myself.”

The Lincoln demonstration will start at 10am at the Atos centre in Lincoln’s Newland and anyone is welcome to go along to show their support.

Or to find out more about the demonstration log on to Atos national demo at Lincoln on Facebook or call Jane direct on 07944 479730 between 9am and 5pm.