Together with Disabled People Against the Cuts, Transport for All will be holding a day of action for accessible transport on Tuesday 19th June. They will be making the case that if the Government are serious about enabling disabled people into work, they must ensure transport is accessible.
Campaigners are asked to meet at the House of Commons at 2pm, and then invite their MP to travel with them by bus to the Confederation of Passenger Transport, the umbrella body for all bus companies in the Covent Garden area (about a 15 minute journey).
Those not wishing to go to Westminster can head straight for the action, meeting at Abingdon Street bus stop at 4pm. The short bus ride will give MPs the chance to experience first-hand the issues disabled passengers face every day.
The Government plans to cut expenditure on DLA (Disability Living Allowance) by 20%. The Department for Work and Pensions estimates that 500,000 people will lose their DLA from 2013. Many people use their DLA for taxis, to qualify for transport benefits like Taxicard, Blue Badge and Freedom Pass, or to lease a Motability car. If they lose access to these, they will be left dependent on a bus and train system which is difficult or impossible to use for many older and disabled people.
There will be some travel buddies available on the day for people who need extra assistance. Please contact AndyG@daii.org if you would like to be linked up with a travel buddy. Further information about the protest can be found here.