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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 September 2021
West Sussex 'disability tax' - our protest is not going away
Photo: Sarah Welch (Click to enlarge)
Sarah Welch, West Sussex Socialist Party
Warrior Carers protested outside West Sussex County Hall on 15 September. We were protesting about the unfair client contribution, also known as the 'disability tax'.
It was well attended by parents and carers, who are extremely angry about this charge. Our banner against West Sussex County Council read: "WSCC benefit snatchers - DWP gives WSCC takes away"
The protest was an opportunity to show our disgust, and a real opportunity for parents and carers to connect, share stories and support each other. So many of us have felt isolated and alone.
The charge got people into debt, and has caused great hardship and misery. As carers our lives are already difficult, and this charge is the last straw.
The local press, including the BBC, covered our story. Our campaign is gathering momentum, and we are gaining confidence.
We will protest at the next health and social care committee on 26 November. We hope our numbers will increase, as our campaign gathers strength. We want to show the council we are not going to go away. We are here for the duration, and will fight this to the end.
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In The Socialist 22 September 2021:
What we think
Workers' politics won't come from Labour
Working class under attack
NHS workers reject 3% insult
Energy market chaos makes the case for nationalisation
Tory cuts to Universal Credit: we need a union fightback
Interview: Bakers' union to vote on Labour disaffiliation
Tax fraud could be over £20 billion annually
Life expectancy falls - a condemnation of capitalism
Socialists and the four-day week
10 years since Occupy
End the teaching workload crisis
MOJ pay deal accepted - we demand 10%
Workers at 13 colleges to strike over pay
New strike dates in EMR guards dispute
Stop press: Sparks walk out
Oaks Park strikers call eleven days' more action
German general election
Unemployment, low pay, rip-off uni fees, climate change... Join the fight for Socialism
Yorkshire Youth Fight for Jobs relaunched
W Sussex 'disability tax' - protest not going away
Fighting evictions in Cornwall
Leeds taxi drivers and disabled passengers unite to fight station changes
Socialist Students: Youth lit up when they saw us
York: Non-binary and trans rights protest
TV Review - Help: Heart-wrenching portrayal of Covid care home crisis
Gleision mine deaths: Still fighting for justice
Corbyn had a social care plan
Who pays for the climate crisis?
Famine in Madagascar
The Socialist 22 September 2021 |
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