Frances Ryan credit Fabio De Paola

Frances Ryan

How Has Austerity Threatened Disability Rights?

Festival of Ideas/
Wed 03 July 2019
12:30-13:30
Watershed
Price: £5

Frances Ryan

How Has Austerity Threatened Disability Rights?

Frances Ryan credit Fabio De Paola
Wed 03 July 2019,
12:30-13:30
Watershed
Price: £5

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, Frances Ryan exposes the disturbing reality, telling the story of those most affected by this devastating regime. She talks about a paralysed man forced to crawl down the stairs because the council wouldn’t provide accessible housing; a malnourished woman sleeping in her wheelchair; and a young girl with bipolar forced to turn to sex work to survive.

Through these personal stories, 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.

Please note that Frances Ryan is unable to travel at this time so will be appearing via a live link.

Photo credit Fabio De Paola.

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