Friday, 1 April 2011

How the Tories Attack Disabled People.

Here's a fuller list of the vicious attacks unleashed on disabled people by the Nasty ConDem Government. Thanks to Wheelthing from Ouch! for compiling it:

1. DLA to PIP
2. Possibility of 80,000 living in residential homes losing DLAMC
3. IB to ESA or JSA
4. Contributory ESA, paid only to those with sufficient NI contributions, is to be time limited to 12 months,
5. WCA
6. If migrated to JSA people losing disability status; thus, unable to access extra resources given to disabled jobseekers
7. ILF being scrapped
8. Housing benefit
9. The removal of security of tenure from social housing tenants disproportionately impact on disabled people
10. Eligibility criteria dropped for all but critical care support
11. Care packages cut
12. Access to Work is cutting back on items it will fund
13. Cuts to community transport systems
14. Removal of eligibility for Freedom Passes to people with mental health disabilities
15. TaxiCard’s subsidy is dropping; the contribution made by the user doubling; and, the two-swipe system being abolished. So, limiting the resource to around about a one mile journey.
16. Cuts in police budgets will see setbacks in their response to disability hate crimes.


The Boiling Frog said...

This is of real concern for me as well - my wife has progressive MS - we still can't get an answer out of our Tory MP whether the new benefit will still apply to those in work. My wife does work and wants to continue to work but needs all the additional aids to help her do so.

The wait for the final report is a worry.

Tim said...

Hi BF, I agree. I've heard (not literally!) from lots of people who say that DLA is very important for them to be able to continue working or to get into work. It's vital that the extra costs of disability are met for this to be possible.

The Tories claim that they want to help disabled people into work and keep work, but their policies are having the opposite effect! Not to mention all the stress that it causes, too.