Riven started a fantastic thread in Chat with the very pertinent point that this applies to everyone, that every one of us could be just one step from disability themselves.
There is NOTHING in the media about this. These proposals could mean poverty for the disabled and their families in this country. It could leave some in residential care completely isolated from their families and support networks through the removal of the mobility component.
My family has already been hit three times through the NHS, education and aiming high, via the cuts, if they now remove the money from our pockets we are going to be in a heat or eat situation.
Please MNHQ do something, as many are oblivious to these proposals and what they will mean, including those who themselves already claim DLA.
Absolutely madhair, people with mental illness, autism, epilepsy, all kinds of debilitating and life affecting conditions will suddenly find themselves without essential assistance. It's the most evil cut of all. At least students can work to pay their student loans, middle class parents can do without £20 a week etc.
I think the cuts for disabled people are totally horrifying and disgusting.
What on earth do they think they're doing?
It's totally inhumane to take mobility allowance away from those in care homes and really cynical too as those people are the least able to protest about it.
I'm deeply worried about what's going to happen to social care. My Dad has 5 visits a day at the moment as he's severely disabled. The uncertainty about whether these will continue is absolutely horrendous. It's causing him unhappiness and stress which are the worst catalysts for his illness.
I despise Cameron for this. He promised that as the father of a disabled son he would protect the vulnerable.
Fucking liar. My blood is boiling about the whole thing.
What can I do about it? I'll write to my MP but is there a petition or an organised campaign by a disability charity that I can give a tenner to? I think it's absolutely foul but I can't say I'm surprised - they're Tories.
Am disgusted by the range of cuts being made by the tories - so many of them seem to be targetting the most vulnerable people in society: disabled people, children (CEOP to be cut), legal aid cuts, cuts to services mostly used by the poorest like libraries, etc., let alone NHS 'reforms' and cuts.
Thanks for pointing this issue. We'll put some feelers out to the organisations we tend to work with on SN/disability issues and have a think.
While we've got your attention, can we ask that you post any updates about responses from PCTs on the nappies issue to this thread? If PCTs aren't following through on best practice advice it would be great to have enough ammunition to do something about it. (And of course, if some PCTs are following through, it would also be great to give them a namecheck!)
Thanks for taking this on, RowanMN. This issue desperately needs highlighting.
Cornslik, it's not mine really... I was just bringing Riven's thread to MNHQ's attention.... yes it's something I'd been working on independently but I never dreamed we'd get backing here, and I'm glad we have.