The UK is one of the most unequal countries in the developed world and, when the Welfare Reform and Work Bill becomes law, it will be even more unequal. Of 30 OECD countries, the UK is the fourth most unequal, and the difference in disposable income between the richest and the poorest in the UK is wider than any other country in the European Union.
Initially, Paul was asked to recite one of the poems, Please Hear What I'm Not Saying, by Charles C Finn, at a Derbyshire carers event. This went down so well that he has spent time recording the video with the NHS, which will be used in future staff training.
You can now look at all the pictures we have hoovered up documenting the walk this year - have a look at http://walkthetalk2015.org/content/leicester-london-gallery
If you have pictures from the walk which aren't included, please feel free to email them through to us!
This song came from our Women's Playback Theatre Company (Tarte Noire) in Devon. Playback Theatre is dedicated to exploring and affirming the everyday stories and experiences that affect peoples' lives. We sent our singing as a gesture of solidarity and appreciation for your efforts in standing up, walking out and speaking up for social justice. We weren't able to be walking with you - but instead lent our voices in support.
We've added a few videos to our testimonies section - walkthetalk2015.org/testimonies - from some of the people we met in Leicester. We've lots more which will be added over the coming days. In today's videos we have Kenny talking to us outside the Dawn Centre about his experiences of benefits sanctions and the impact of current social policy.
Before setting off to walk from Leicester to London some of the participants gathered outside the BPS offices gave their views to Emma Friedmann on the reasons why WalkTheTalk2015 was important and what motivated them to throw on a backpack and walk 100 miles in the name of social justice. Many thanks to Emma for kindly filming and providing this video footage to us! You can also see more video of the people we met on the walk and their stories on our testimonies page.
For everyone who walked a metre, a mile or much much more, for all those who just came to wish us well, bring us cake, sing us opera or commiserate with our blisters, and especially all those organisations and individuals who were kind enough to share their stories with us - many many thanks!
We are now here in Leicester and showing an outstanding video from the 'Beyond the Therapy Room' conference as part of our launch event, introduced by Ste Weatherhead. We'll be setting off from Leicester in the morning, passing by the BPS office around 9:30 if you want to meet up. Have a look at the walk page for more info!
100 miles - BPS Leicester to BPS London
5 days - 17th to 21st August 2015
3 causes - The benefits system / homelessness / Food poverty
Join us to walk from Leicester to London to raise awareness of social policies that are leading to psychological distress.