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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 September 2021

West Sussex 'disability tax' - our protest is not going away

Photo: Sarah Welch

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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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