First off let me applaud the Tories for completely screwing over the most vulnerable people in the UK. I mean, who needs money to live on nowadays anyway? And to be honest, I'm still waiting for that money tree to sprout in the garden, and obviously it'll bud magical leaves that will cure my incurable disability. One can hope, Mr Cameron, one can hope.
I'm writing this post in collaboration with a fellow disabled blogger, Marfan sufferer, and friend, Shona from Shona Louise. Her post contains facts, figures and just how concerned she is over the recent Budget. Go and check it out here.
I want to highlight my concerns, I want to tell you how degrading it is, how anxious and worried I am about the cuts to disability benefits. I don't want to be disabled, who would? Who would choose this life? I want to participate in society. I want to work. I want to walk to places, do things, not rely on someone else to help me doing basic tasks. And I'm pretty sure I'm not the only disabled person that feels this way.
I'm angered, frustrated, saddened, that the most vulnerable people in our society are being targeted. We're terrified. Literally fucking scared that we won't be able to buy food, pay our bills...simply go out and have lunch with friends. I mean, why should a disabled person get the luxury of eating out? We're lesser citizens after all, we're already alienated, let's make us all hermits.
As if I don't suffer from anxiety and depression already, there's now this to worry about. I worry about money as it is; there's always a niggle at the back of my head about whether I can afford something, whether I deserve it, can we get ice cream this week? But now, now the Conservatives are screwing us over some more and the dignity of the disabled is being stripped away. Our independence is sacrificed for austerity.
There's so many hidden costs to being disabled, and you can hardly ever get any adaption or product cheap. I have a easy-grip cutlery set which costs £25 - that's only a knife, fork and spoon. Then there's the purchasing and replacement of larger, more expensive items, insuring them, charging them. I'm currently saving up for a portable ramp for my powerchair but it's going to take a while as we have other things that need purchasing. It's a never-ending cycle, and with cuts, it's going to be even worse.
The cuts are leaving so many disabled people fearful and in financial difficulty. People's Personal Independence Payment is being dropped from enhanced to standard, and some are losing their PIP completely. Disabled people who receive enhanced rate PIP can use the money to get a car on the Motability scheme, to get to hospital, to avoid public transport, to go wherever the hell they want to, but with the cuts, people are losing this. Losing their cars, losing more of their limited independence. The financial instability is going to damage so many, it breaks my heart.
Why are we being punished for our inability to work? How do the Tories sleep at night? Probably surrounded by money that they've stolen from the vulnerable. Good work, you bastards.