Wednesday, 16 March 2016

The Budget 2016: The Disabled Deserve Dignity


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.

18 comments:

  1. I can't get my head around this. There are already so, so many flaws with the assessment of PIP. The DWP state on their site that more than 50% of people who contest their original decision have this overturned. That's just the people who appeal! How many more vulnerable people who deserve this money & fit the criteria aren't getting it because they take the initial decision they're given!?! How many of these are the most vulnerable of society, those who are not only disabled, but unable to fight the decision either themselves or with the help or their families!?! The government should be putting right their clearly flawed system for assessing PIP, instead of putting more barriers in the way of disabled people who NEED that financial assistance to get the specialist equipment that the NHS doesn't provide. From my personal experience, part of the reason people are being turned down is because assessors & the DWP are getting away with lying in their reports. If an applicant lied, this would be fraud & the punishments for this sever, as it should be. What is the punishment for the government & those advising them? What is there to deter them from lying? This needs to change, not the criteria for assessment! Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

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    1. It's absolutely disgusting - they're taking it out on the wrong people x

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  2. Thanks for writing this, Sarah! This whole thing is insane, the amount of crap we go through and still people think we deserve peanuts! How can anyone justify giving anything than a fulltime wage to those with disabilities?

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    1. My pleasure, lovely. I know right, it's madness x

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  3. Just shared it on fb and twitter, Sarah

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  4. Well said Sarah. I was disgusted to read that the so-called Minister for the Disabled doesn't understand how a chair or a bed can be a disability aid - he thinks these are just furniture that everybody has already! Apparently he has never seen or heard of adjustable beds or chairs or met anyone who required such a special item in order to be able to stand up, keep their body in one piece or to sleep safely - as such he certainly can't know how much above and beyond the common or garden bed and chair these items cost. In what way is this man qualified to speak for us?

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    1. Thanks, Kath. Omg don't even get me started, they need to try and live a day in our shoes and see how well they get on x

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  5. I pushed enter to soon, oops :p can I expand on my fb comment on my blog and link to your post?

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  6. I'm with you guys and I'm really REALLY worried about my financial stability in the future...I only get £300 a month as it is because I'm not eligible for anything other than PIP and my partner's wage doesn't even cover rent and all of the utilities.
    The only luxury we have is the Internet and cheap rate phone contracts.
    At the moment I'm propped up by a company sick pay scheme but after debt and bills that allows me to buy one or two of the following: a book, a single piece of makeup/skincare stuff, a couple of take outs for the days I'm not capable of cooking...or if I'm being really indulgent - a few balls of wool.
    not exactly the lavish lifestyle is it.

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    1. I'm so sorry Jen, it's a worrying time for all x

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  7. Hi Sarah!

    Great post. And the sad truth!

    I am a blogger with a disability from Austria.
    And just to let you know: it ain't any better here in Austria.

    Greatings
    www.lauraimrolli.com

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  8. Thank you for this post! I am a blogger with an invisible disability in England. No cure has been found for my disability either and they are cutting funding for research too!! I'm terrified what these cuts will mean for me and my family! As well as the thousands of other vunerable people out there! Xox

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear that. It's so upsetting x

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  9. I agree -- things are expensive everywhere. I am from the US & been on disability for over 20 years. I spend hundreds (not a misspelling) $ every month for insurance and meds, before I even get to the necessities of living. When I push it, trying to live more like a normal human, I end up crashing with the fatigue which is where I am at today. On the couch.

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    1. It's disgusting, I'm so sorry. We shouldn't still be living in these conditions x

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