This petition was submitted during the 2017–2019 Conservative government
Petition Protect the rights of disabled citizens to protest peacefully
Disabled people should be free to protest and participate in civil action without fear of economic reprisal. We should not have to fear a loss of income, nor should loss of social security benefits be used as a threat to our democratic involvement.
The Government must commit to the DWP not using images of people protesting, campaigning or engaging in political activities as “proof” of benefit fraud. They must also ban the police from passing images of disabled people to the DWP. Doing so effectively strips freedom of assembly and freedom of speech from the most disadvantaged. This government needs to guarantee the right of disabled people to protest, regardless of benefit status, in accordance with the Human Rights Act.
This petition closed early because of a General Election Find out more on the Petitions Committee website