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National Demonstration in London

National Demonstration in London
An event will take place in London on March 26th, where it is hoped thousands of people from across the country will come together to show their opposition to government cuts.

The organisers have provided a second assembly point for the event around the Green Park area; approx 30 minutes walk from Hyde Park. This has been designated specifically for those with mobility problems.

Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People are working with the Norfolk Coalition Against Cuts to arrange transport to this event.
An accessible coach is being booked with room for a number of wheelchairs.

If you would be interested in attending and being part of NCODP’s presence in this march, and would like to use this coach, please contact us as soon as possible to ensure your space.

Radical Welfare Reform Plans Are Unveiled

Radical Welfare Reform Plans Are Unveiled

11:50am UK, Thursday February 17, 2011

Joey Jones, deputy political editor

The Government is outlining the full details of its flagship changes to the benefits system later.

Iain Duncan Smith’s Welfare Reform Bill involves a radical overhaul, aimed at simplifying the system and tackling the culture that he believes encourages people to choose a life on benefits.

The proposals include replacing work-related benefits with a single, universal credit, designed to ensure people are always better off when they are employed.

The Government intends to close the loophole which enables some couples to receive more living apart.

But there is also a significant climbdown, with ministers shelving a controversial plan to cut people’s housing benefit by 10% if they were in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance for more than a year.

The benefits system… doesn’t just allow people to act irresponsibly, but often actively encourages them to do so

Prime Minister David Cameron
In a speech to mark the publication of the bill, the Prime Minister is expected to say that the “collective culture of responsibility” that used to be the bedrock of the welfare system has been lost.

He will argue that there are some individuals who, “with no regret or remorse, intentionally rip off the system,” but that more broadly, the system itself is at fault.