Disability Benefits and Social Care
That this House believes that cuts to support for disabled people and carers poses a potential risk to their dignity and independence and will have wider social and economic costs; regrets that the Department for Work and Pensions has dropped the aim of achieving disability equality; whilst recognising that Disability Living Allowance (DLA) needs to be reformed, expresses concern that taking DLA from 500,000 disabled people and contributory Employment Support Allowance from 280,000 former workers will take vital financial support from families under pressure; expresses further concern at the Work Programme’s failure to help disabled people and the mismanaged closure of Remploy factories; notes the pressing need for continuing reform to the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) to reduce the human cost of wrong decisions; agrees with the eight Carers’ Week charities on the importance of recognising the huge contribution made by the UK’s 6.4 million carers and the need to support carers to prevent caring responsibilities pushing them into ill-health, poverty and isolation; and calls on the Government to ensure reform promotes work, independence, quality of life and opportunities for disabled people and their families, restore the commitment to disability equality in the Department for Work and Pensions’ business plan, conduct a full impact assessment of the combined effect of benefit and social care cuts on disabled people and carers, reform the WCA descriptors as suggested by charities for mental health, fluctuating conditions and sensory impairment and re-run the consultation of the future of Remploy factories
Does anyone think I’m being cynical but I honestly think Labour cannot be trusted on this important issue at the moment, have the Labour leadership come out and apologised for the pain and suffering caused by their previous decisions on welfare, NO, they continue to say that basically things just need tinkering with, no condemnation of the Atos WCA just empty gesturing, “Continuing Reform to the work capability assessment (WCA) to reduce the human cost of wrong decisions”
Notice the Labour Party isn’t calling for the descriptors to the Physical descriptors to change, I’m sceptical, bloody right I am, but certain people who are involved in the fight/campaign believe I need to give the Labour Party a chance, If I’m just in the fight for the fights sake then maybe I should just stay in bed?
I’m going to say something now and some people who shall remain nameless may not like it. When I first started a couple of years back, I had a small website on a free wordpress server, I built it over time and it attracted attention, some of the attention unwanted may I tell you (Legal Department of Atos) but it got some people’s heckles up, when I asked for support from some individuals who were also campaigning they turned me down, they didn’t wish to associate themselves with what I was trying to do at the time, fair enough I thought but I never thought the world of disability campaigning was so bloody clique, how stupid and nieve was I?
What really angers me is how some people campaigning on basically the same things as myself get so bloody precious when they’re views and actions are held up to inspection, I somehow thought and nievely believed we were all on the same path, sadly I think some people campaigning on this issue are not, maybe they have different reasons for doing what they do?
All I’m going to say is that to all those people who have shown me and my website support, I sincerely thank you, John at BlackTriangle, Phil at wondersofwordpress, many others who know who they are, especially to all the members who continually post their personal stories regarding their Atos experiences, Linda and Debbie at DPAC, plus all the wonderful people who post their thoughts and comments on this site day after day, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
To all those people who think I need NOT be so sceptical I will say this, When the Labour Party come out and defend disabled people, the sick, the impoverished, make an apology for all the hurt they’ve caused then and maybe only then will I congratulate all those who said I was wrong to think like I do, until then I’ll remain bloody sceptical.