Handing in our cost of living crisis petition at 10 Downing Street

Yesterday, 7 March 2023, we went to Downing Street to hand in our cost of living petition.

We’re so grateful that over 80,000 of you signed the petition to ask the government to do more to support disabled people and their families during this crisis. Your signatures have helped us show that this is an issue that can’t be ignored.

Campaigners Steven and Anna stand in Parliament Square.

We’re pleased that last year the government announced they would uplift benefits in line with inflation and provide additional costs of living payment for disabled people. This shows they’re listening and the message is starting to get through. 

However, we know this support is not enough for the ongoing challenges disabled people face. 

Next week, the government will announce their new spending plans and we really hope to see ongoing, sustainable support announced for disabled people and their families.

We know there’s still more work to be done and we’ll be continuing to campaign on this issue.

On this page, you can see some images from our visit to Downing Street yesterday.

We arrive at Downing Street and get ready to go through the gates to hand the petition on. In this photo, Michael, Anna, Steven, Janice, Melissa and Lizzie are standing in front of the gates to Number 10 Downing Street.
In this photo, Anna and Steven are holding a petition box containing over 80,000 signatures. Anna cares for her son Charlie who is disabled. Anna has been campaigning with us and came down to London to speak at our roundtable event and attend the petition hand-in. Anna shared her experience with MPs and other charities and spoke about some of the additional costs her family face. Read more about Anna’s story.
Michael, Anna, Steven, Janice, Lizzie and Melissa walking up to Number 10.
Anna hands our petition over to the police at 10 Downing Street.
Steven being interviewed by BBC London about how the cost of living crisis is impacting disabled people.

We still need your help

We’re so grateful to everyone who has helped us get this far with our campaign, including the families who have shared their personal experiences.

We can’t stop here. We need to keep showing how the cost of living crisis is impacting disabled people and their families. 

If you’re disabled or are caring for a disabled family member and are affected by this, we’d love to hear from you.