After five years campaigning for disabled people’s rights in the face of austerity, it’s a wonder Linda Burnip hasn’t thrown her hands in the air and given up. When she refers to the “very long” list of policies that have, in one way or another, left disabled people worse off, it is plain that there are so many battles being fought, and new ones emerging all the time as more cuts and welfare reforms are wheeled out, it would be unsurprising if she were overwhelmed by it all.
However Burnip, along with her fellow founders and activists at the campaign group Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) is unwavering: “People [have] said to me over the years, ‘there’s no point in bothering because you’re not going to get any change’. I’ve always felt I’d rather try than just not do anything.”
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