Spartacus is concerned about all aspects of welfare reform and social care services that affect disabled and sick people. It’s not just for people who are sick and disabled but for anyone who, like us, believes that welfare reform and services for disabled people must be fair and responsible. If you want the latest news, sign up to ‘follow’ the site.
To start with, Spartacus was nothing; just a name Sue Marsh and Kaliya Franklin used, on 16 January 2012, to launch the Responsible Reform report, which analysed all 523 organisations’ responses to the government’s first consultation on reform of Disability Living Allowance. Before working with others to produce the report, Sue and Kaliya had been campaigning for 18 months against the portrayal by politicians and media of disabled and sick people as scroungers. They realised that if they didn’t fight, no-one would.
Political influence is key and Sue and Kaliya have achieved a great deal through careful working behind the scenes. But since the launch of the report, people have rallied like never before, many voices as one, with a clear aim: responsible welfare reform.
Three simple principles guide Sue, Kaliya and the wider Spartacus movement:
- We strive for accuracy, as this helps us to maintain credibility and therefore influence
- We support rather than criticise other groups and charities
- We try to fill the gaps left by other groups and charities