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Disabled activists are to hold a week of action to

first_imgDisabled activists are to hold a week of action to coincide with the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympics, in a bid to highlight the impact of austerity-driven cuts on disability rights.Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) hopes to use the publicity generated by the Rio Paralympics to draw attention to the “disproportionate impact of austerity” on disabled people.DPAC plans to use the public interest generated by the games in the same way it did four years ago, when five days of protests focused on the hypocrisy of IT giant Atos sponsoring London 2012 at a time when it was causing “harm and suffering” to disabled people through its contract to assess claimants of out-of-work disability benefits.Ellen Clifford, a member of DPAC’s steering group, said that next month’s week of action would “draw attention to the cumulative impact of the cuts on disabled people that are taking disabled people’s rights back decades with attacks in every area of our lives from education to independent living to employment to income”. She pointed out that the UK has become the first country to be investigated for grave and systematic violations of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities because of the cuts and “the ideological attacks waged by the Tory government”.Clifford said: “Whilst we will not be protesting the games themselves we will be using this opportunity to raise awareness of the increasing number of disabled people whose access not only to sport and recreation but also to basic human rights to eat, drink and use the toilet are being taken away as a result of the cuts.” Linda Burnip, a DPAC co-founder, said the Rights Not Games week of action was not intended to oppose the games or criticise British Paralympians, but to highlight the contrast in funding for the Paralympics with the cuts in disabled people’s support in the UK.Atos will play a major role in next month’s Paralympic Games, just as it did in London, as the “worldwide information technology partner” for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio.Although Atos eventually pulled out of the contract to carry out work capability assessments, as a result of a sustained campaign from DPAC and other disabled activists, it now carries out assessments for personal independence payment, another source of huge concern for campaigners.Burnip said the continuing sponsorship of the Paralympics by Atos was “offensive”, and added: “We want to compare the costs of the Paralympics to the amount that disabled people have to live on.“Once every four years, disabled people, disabled athletes, become wonderful beings, inspirational, brave, all that sort of stuff, but in between times they are having their [Motability] cars taken off them because they don’t qualify for PIP anymore.“It’s probably the only time that there is anything positive about disabled people. The rest of the time people are deemed to be scroungers and a burden.“We want disabled people’s lives to be taken more notice of, and we want changes to legislation that will make that happen.”DPAC’s week of action will include an exhibition of work by disabled artists; a lobby of parliament on Monday 5 September, the day MPs return from their summer recess, which will call for a legal right to independent living; and the launch of a report evaluating the impact of the closure of the Independent Living Fund, a year after it was shut down by the government.A national day of action will take place on 6 September, with a protest in London the following day that will call for an end to deaths linked to flaws in the benefits system and draw attention to the failure of successive governments to make that system safe.An online action will coincide with the Rio Paralympics opening ceremony from midnight UK time on Thursday 8 September.The week will end with an international conference in north London on 10 September, with speakers attending from Greece and Canada, and others from Ireland and Germany taking part via Skype, on how to “collectivise our opposition to the impact of austerity on disabled people”.last_img read more

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SAINTS have amended their squad for Mondays Super

first_imgSAINTS have amended their squad for Monday’s Super League XVIII Round 10 match against Castleford Tigers.Willie Manu and Anthony Walker are omitted from the side that faced Wigan on Friday but Joe Greenwood is recalled.Ade Gardner and Lance Hohaia have been replaced by James Tilley and Adam Swift.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 8. Josh Perry, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Josh Jones, 21. Tom Makinson, 23. Nathan Ashe, 24. Joe Greenwood, 25. Alex Walmsley, 26. Adam Swift, 30. Mark Percival, 32. James Tilley, 36. Stuart Howarth.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee is Robert Hicks.Ticket details are here.Stat Pack:St Helens have won their last nine meetings with Castleford. The Tigers’ last win against the Saints was 30-24 at The Jungle (as it was then known) on April 6 , 2008.Castleford are seeking their first summer era away win at St Helens on Monday afternoon (and first victory in 22 games overall). In the 16 visits they made to Knowsley Road between 1996 and 2010, the Tigers were defeated on 15 occasions.The closest they got to a summer victory at Saints’ old home came with a 32-32 draw on 13 September, 1998.The Tigers also lost, 22-20, at Widnes in 2011 and 44-12 at Langtree Park in 2012.Castleford’s last win at St Helens was 12-8 in the third round of the Regal Trophy on 19 December, 1992. Their last league win was 29-16 on 21 October, 1990.Super League Summary:St Helens won 28 (includes win in 1999 play-offs)Castleford won 41 drawUps and Downs:St Helens highest score: 72-4 (A, 2006) (also widest margin)Castleford highest score: 36-22 (H, 2002) (Widest margin: 35-16, H, 1997)last_img read more

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