Action against welfare reform. Proclaimed in the Queens Speech. Whilst DAN Protested

DAN take to the streets again

DAN take to the streets again

12.3.08 – Whitehall, London International Day Of Disabled People

DAN. The Disabled People’s Direct Action Network Protest and block traffic outside Downing Street to object to Welfare Reforms proclaimed in the Queen’s speech – this day


DAN’s Sick Note – Press Release


Instead of celebrating the International Disabled Day of Disabled People today the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN) are in central London protesting against the governments “Employment Support Allowance” and “Work Capability Assessment” which are replacing Incapacity Benefit. This punitive economic attack will hit thousands of the poorest in society, forcing them further into poverty and a discriminatory job market, while thousands more are losing their jobs due to the deepening recession.


We are sick of


  • Politicians who attack minorities – that they see as easy targets – for public spending cuts and biased media / press coverage that negatively portrays Disabled People as lazy scroungers and benefits cheats


  • Lack of access to meaningful education and training, leading to a lack of qualifications and job skills.


  • Work in hostile environments where employers continue to discriminate; i.e. Against disabled employees that need part time and flexi-time work due to impairments, and don’t have mechanisms that allow Disabled People to be absent without prior notification, for their impairment / condition.


  • The lack of support to help us get to work and function in the workplace; e.g. regular breaks , shorter hours and a working week that can be adapted to suit our needs.


DAN says Disabled People want:


  • Politicians, press and media to wake up to the damage their words do

  • Access to meaningful education and training, leading to proper qualifications and job skills

  • Justice in the workplace with real penalties for discriminatory employers

  • A positive approach to the inclusion of Disabled People especially those with invisible or fluctuating impairments / conditions

  • Solutions to poverty rather than policies that compound it

  • A fair and just system that enabled Disabled People who seek work and a non punitive system for those Disabled People who cannot currently work.

  • Decent jobs with adequate incomes


Comments from the action; A DAN activist said: “the action was short and sweet. A symbolic action outside Downing Street showing that even on the day of the Queens Speech we can get close to parliament and government, The strength of disabled activists strung out along Whitehall continues to illicit the support of the public and sets a marker for a future of real; rights in Britain for Disabled People.


DAN’s Sick Notes are a response to political jibes about Sick Note Britain. They are distributed by disabled activists on actions to inform the public about the reasons for our continuing discontent. They are freely available for use.



  1. SandyWager said

    I totally agree that the disabled people of the UK are STILL discriminated against and support all actions proposed against the Government.

  2. Linda Burnip said

    I fully support these comments and demands. Welfare-to-work policies have not worked in the US and have resulted in the creation of an underclass of non-working poor.It is simplistic and niave of the government to think that forcing people into low paid, low skilled jobs will help lift them out of poverty. For many disabled people, not only are the conditions of work still unsuitable but offices and other work places are STILL not accessible- so how are they supposed to be able to work.
    In terms of education and training the system is a joke, trying to go negotiate ‘the system ‘to go to university if you’re disabled is a nightmare.

  3. Rebecca Nokes said

    Very powerful statements and I hope DAN’s good work will continue! Keep up the fight comrades!

  4. Nicolette King said

    Agree + support DAN’s sick note. At least David Freud has jumped ship. Have been in contact with my MP Susan Kramer about this. Keep the pressure on.

  5. Sheena said

    Agree with all of the statements and fully support DAN’s good work!

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