A shoddy way to treat our disabled
Last year, the Government praised our disabled athletes as national heroes. So this year, they decide to remove Disability Living Allowance from more than one million disabled men and women.
DLA helps disabled people for special needs, from transport to equipment needed around the home. From April, DLA will be replaced with Personal Independence Payments. Nearly one million disabled will lose their benefit and nearly 300,000 will lose their mobility car. It will also take away from many the ability to work.
Many disabled athletes said that without DLA they would never have had the chance to compete in the Paralympics. DLA helps those who need it the most.
Last year, the Government closed many Remploy factories, which, for more than 60 years, had provided work for people with disabilities.
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After what was the most successful Paralympics in history, it is a disgrace that the disabled are now being treated in this manner.
The Paralmpics showed us what a disabled person can achieve given the help that they need.
Some can appreciate what Ellie Simmonds and Dave Weir achieved in the Games but don't sympathise with disabled people who have to struggle each and every day with their disabilities.
We can afford to keep sending millions of pounds every year to India and China, the Government made sure that foreign aid was ring-fenced, while treating the disabled in a disgraceful manner.
David Cameron should understand the struggles, disappointments and hardship disabled people suffer, after all, as both his father and son were disabled, so he knows the realities of disability.
The disabled are not scroungers and want to have the opportunities to be able to fulfil their potential, just as everyone else wants to.
Kevin Fletcher, Coalville.