Crippled: Austerity and the Demonisation of Disabled People
Sunday 8 September
2pm to 3pm
Free, all ages
In austerity Britain, disabled people have become the favourite target. From social care to the benefits system, politicians and the media alike have made the case that Britain’s 12 million disabled people are a drain on the public purse.
In this event, award winning Guardian journalist Frances Ryan exposes the disturbing reality, telling the story of those most affected by this devastating regime.
Ryan charts how in recent years the public attitude towards disabled people has transformed from compassion to contempt: from society’s ‘most vulnerable’ to benefit cheats. She gives a damning indictment of a safety net gone wrong, and demands for an end to austerity measures hitting those most in need. We’ll be hosting a live link-up with Ryan, followed by a question and answer session led by Sean Fitzsimons of Disability Action Northern Ireland.
Frances Ryan is a freelance political journalist, writing and talking about most things to do with inequality. Ryan has a recurring disability column in the Society section of The Guardian, and writes on social security, disability, social mobility, feminism, and things that she does (or doesn’t) like on TV. Disabled people and left wing activists may be particularly interested in attending this event.
TICKETING AND AGE RANGES
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