Tuesday 15 May 2012

Paralympians & Disabled War Veterans to Lose Benefits

This rant from Johnny Void says everything I want to say. Please read it as it aptly sums up what is happening and is going to happen to disabled folk in the UK.

"Paralympian medal winners and war veterans may find themselves stripped of benefits and abandoned to lives of poverty and homelessness under the Government’s brutal disability benefit reforms."


"The UK Paralympic Team may be surprised that the Government seems to think they have been ‘festering’ in the run up to the Olympics.  Far more concerning however will be the changes to DLA [disability living allowance] which may see many of them stripped of benefits after the tournament is over.  People claiming out of work benefits due to sickness or disability have been told that being able to watch an episode of Eastenders indicates that they might be fit for work and ineligible for benefits.  It is quite likely that Paralympians may find their sporting achievements used as evidence against them to cut benefit payments."

Number of disabled people losing benefits may top one million


  1. I've been following the welfare benefit reform saga from my home in Canada, and I've found it very upsetting. I didn't think they'd stoop so low as to cut benefits from veterans, though.

    It's all just so beyond low, it's sickening.

    1. Thanks for your comment Girl With The Cane.

      The whole thing is sickening! In the UK as a whole we have had more than 100 deaths so far attributed to benefits cuts, including a heck of a lot of suicides. Disability hate crimes are on the increase - a report out today suggests that in Scotland they were up nearly 42% year-on-year. We are an extremely rich country. The Govt. is choosing not to spend money on social security payements, ot welfare as they prefer, even though most of the claimants have paid into the fund over their working lives. Yayyy. Makes me so mad....

    2. News just coming in about tomorrow's headline: Wounded heroes beat MoD in benefits battle
      www.thesun.co.uk (q.v.)