The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
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Invalid Carriage Protest
Disabled motorists take on the Government and corner a Minister in the process.
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David Ennals MP, the then Secretary of State for Social Services, faced angry protestors on all sides during a visit to Solihull in September 1977. Placards defending the local hospital are overshadowed by a three wheeled protest by motorists with disabilities who are angered by plans to discontinue the government's 'invalid carriage' scheme. With thousands of motorists turning militant and the government not backing down this was going to be a long drawn out dispute.
The familiar blue invalid carriage trikes were facing the scrap heap following safety fears. Many motorists with disabilities were not happy that the government had not found a suitable replacement and were instead offering a small mobility allowance or cash loans to modify existing production cars.