Richard's Hardest Hit podcast
On 11 May 2011, we joined the Hardest Hit march and rally to demonstrate against the government's proposed cuts to welfare rights for people who are disabled. We met Richard Holmes, campaigns officer at RNIB and he told us more about the demonstration.
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Hello this is Catherine Moat from Action for Blind.
We went to the Hardest Hit Rally and March on 11th
of May 2011. I met with Richard Holmes, campaigner
officer for RNIB at the end of the march and talked to
him about the importance of attending the
Hi, I'm Richard Holmes and I'm a campaigns officer of
How important was it for you to be here today?
There's two reasons really. One, as a visually
impaired person myself I have an interest personally
in benefit provision and I know well the difference it
makes in terms of meeting extra costs. And obviously
in a work experience I meet people every day who I can
benefit very much from what they are receiving. And I
know they want to do some things that they wouldn't be
able to do it if they weren't receiving the benefits.
So, there's a very clear independence issue that we
need to raise and get heard by MPs. Don't save the
money, use it for specific things, transport,
cleaning, whatever people want to use it for it's
their rights. I think it will have implications.
Okay, so we're outside the Methodist Church at the end
of the march. We're just waiting outside, some people
have gone inside to lobby their MPs. So how do you
think the march went? How do you think it's gone
I thought it was fantastic, it was amazing, really
wonderful to see all the different organisations from
around the country and outside of our sector crucially
I think we've got support from trade unions and not
just impairment groups. We made a good noise and
let's hope the noise is resonating in parliament and
people have their meetings now.
Do you think it will make a difference?
I think the important thing is that if you don't try
you won't make a difference so we'll see.
Okay, fantastic, thank you very much, Richard.
Thank you very much.