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Christian campaigner: we should be "speaking up" for disabled people

by Hannah Tooley

It is being spearheaded by the founder, Tanya Marlow who suffers with ME.

She told Premier that disabled people are being disproportionately affected by spending cuts.

She said that during the run up to the general election in May she noticed that people "weren't aware that disabled people are being affected nine times more and severely disabled people 19 times more than the average person," by government cuts. Her figures come from the Centre for Welfare Reform.

The grass roots group is providing resources for people to contact their local MPs to discuss the issue.

The group has been "inspired by Jesus' compassion" and aims to "unite people across the whole political spectrum to speak up against the welfare cuts targeted at disabled people."

"Christians should be saying something about this and I wanted to start an organisation to gather Christians together and say this is an issue of compassion, an issue of justice and we as Christians should be speaking up for disabled people," she said.

"We're really hoping that Compassionate Britain will be able to unite Christians across the whole political spectrum to campaign on this particular issue of cuts falling harder on disabled people."

Listen to Premier's Hannah Tooley speak with Tanya Marlow here:

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