Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) lead a Power Tour to raise awareness of the disproportionate and adverse impacts of so-called “welfare reform” measures on disabled people since 2010 and how disabled people have been fighting back.
Disabed People Against Cuts (DPAC) is a disabled-people led campaign founded in 2010 to oppose the brutal and disproportionate impacts of austerity on disabled people. We follow the social model of disability and were set up to work with the wider anti-austerity movement and trade unions. DPAC uses a range of campaign tools including research, lobbying, and legal challenges, though we are probably best known for our direct actions and protests and for triggering the United Nations’ investigation that found the UK government guilty of grave and systematic violations of disabled people’s rights due to welfare reform.
The tour lasted approximately 1.5 hours, with time for refreshments and discussion afterwards at Westminster Café Basement.
Influenced by the Situationists’ dérive, the Power Walks programme brought to life the Actual RealityOS data, highlighting issues around social housing, low-wage work, histories of resistance and the accessibility of the city. The three walks and a tour were created in conversation with campaigns, community groups, and organisations local to the areas surrounding the Serpentine, and took place throughout the duration of Hito Steyerl’s Power Plants exhibition. Each walk and tour tells a story of the hidden and not so hidden inequalities from the point of view of those most affected.