More than 160 people attended the Disabled People Against Cuts (Dpac) annual conference in London last Saturday. That’s more than double last year’s attendance.
Coming from across Britain the turnout reflects Dpac’s broad-based approach to building resistance to the cuts.
Many contributions emphasised the value of Dpac’s trade union links while others stressed the role of direct action.
People said they had been inspired to get involved because of Dpac’s campaigning, particularly against Atos and Work Capability Assessments.
Workshops focused on issues ranging from disability and mental health to how to reach and involve a wider audience and continuing the fight to defend the Independent Living Fund.
Labour MP John McDonnell said persistent campaigning was responsible for getting rid of Atos. He also denounced Labour’s “pathetic” opposition to cuts.