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.
Am C&P Peachy's response to my question on the DLA reform here, as it is very important
ReclaimingMyInnerPeachy Thu 20-Jan-11 12:00:19
Comments about reforms to DLA (even as simple as 'the current system has one of the lowest rates of fraud and makes an effective support system for a great many people: please leave it alone and certainly do not cut off 20% of people'- obv. your own opinion LOL) can be emailed to:
The form can be skipped: it is shite and clearly designed to stop people having a voice. IMO.
If you want to help people like Riven get the assistance they need, start by doing this
Count me in. I wasn't disabled on June 1st 2010, but became so on the 2nd. Waiting for the outcome of my DLA application now my pay has been cut in half (but my bills haven't). Am not holding my breath....
Someone said a really decent thing on Twitter along the lines of
Why do we begin this process by taking money away from the poorest and the disabled when no one has asked me for a penny greater contribution?
It really made me think. For most of us there is an ability to pay or contribute more in one form or another during this crisis. But for some there is inescapable debt, poverty and the daily grind of living with and funding a disability. Why do we go to this group first for the shortfall?
"Someone on MN once said if they were severely disabled they would simply get a job."
Any thread on disabilities always ends up with comments about how someone knows someone who works despite being disabled therefore all disabled people should work. I think you are right about it being ostrich syndrome, it's too much to bear to imagine your life being turned on it's head by your own or a relatives disability. It's easier to pretend it only happens to other people and that there is some control over it (therefore it couldnt happen to you)
I watched the Children's Minister (dunno her name - it was a bird though) saying that they wanted to move away from ringfencing money as it put limits on councils to use the money in the best way and meant they couldn't provide "joined-up" services. Then she said they were giving more money to councils to help disabled families. They REALLY don't get it and they are clearly in a buck passing exercise. Central government will blame the local councils and say they are giving them more money. The local council will point to reduced government funding and say cuts have to come from somewhere. It's a perfect news circle for them where no-one takes responsibility.
Count me into this as well, have emailed a response to consultation on changes to DLA and will be emailing my MP as well.
Don't understand the issues in great detail and don't have a disabled child but from spending two weeks in hospital with my ds was enough to make me realise that care and support for children and their families is severely lacking under the current system let alone under a new one.
Agree with radiohelen it's always someone else's fault in these type of situations and councils and the government will always try and pass the buck.