People with Parkinson's speak out over benefits cuts

Today people with Parkinson's called on their MPs to vote against plans to cut benefits for people who are too unwell to work.

Parkinson's UK campaigners travelled from around the country to parliament, to warn their MPs of the devastating impact that the government's Welfare Bill will have, and to ask them not to support some of its most harmful parts.

The Bill plans to cut elements of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by a third, which would mean that from 2017, new claimants would lose out on £1,500 a year.

People with Parkinson's and other conditions use ESA payments for essentials like utility bills and food. Cuts will hit them hard.

Cutting financial support for people with Parkinson's who are too unwell to work will cause immense suffering and hardship.
Parkinson's UK Policy and Campaigns Advisor Phil Reynolds

Speaking out together

Parkinson's UK campaigners joined around 150 people with other long-term conditions and disabilities, to speak out together about the impact the Bill will have on thousands of people.

Parkinson's UK Policy and Campaigns Advisor Phil Reynolds said: "The fact that people with Parkinson's travelled from across the country to warn MPs about these cuts shows just how harmful an impact they will have.

"Cutting financial support for people with Parkinson's who are too unwell to work will cause immense suffering and hardship, and will push people who are already struggling closer to the edge.

"It's critical that the government ditches these disability cuts, before it's too late."

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