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Crippen looks at the latest round of government cuts in relation to Disabled people / 24 May 2010

Oh dear it's started. The slow but sure slide into a reduction in pretty well... well, everything!

Starting with the reduction in posts within the Civil Service, which means that whenever a Civil Servant leaves, they won't be replaced. 

Now, as I understand it, the posts that have a higher rate of burn-out and staff turnaround are those in the front line of employment, welfare, benefits services, etc.

This means that the staff processing our applications for funding for support services, for example will gradually reduce leaving less people to do the actual work. This will inevitably have a knock on effect ... well, you remember what it was like under Thatcher I'm sure.

A reduction in the number of students being admitted to universities also has the Tory smell about it - a "Don't let the peasants get too educated. We'll have no one left to do the menial work" sort of smell. The list goes on.

And pretty well everything that is being cut, or being considered for cuts will have a direct impact on us crips. You'd better believe it!

For those of you who missed out on the Thatcher years, don't worry - here they come again!

Old Posts

I quite often get comments sent to old blog postings so it's well worth having a scroll back from time to time. One such comment has promted me to revist the issue of police brutality with regard to their handling of people who are experiencing mental distress. Next up folks ...

 

Keywords: cuts to services,disabled vote,politics,

Comments

Jackie Softly via FaceBook

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25 May 2010

haven't wasted any time have they...?

Stephen Brookes via FaceBook

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25 May 2010

Suddenly the Ant and Dec show isnt so funny! What a surprise. An unconstitutional government doing real damage to the UK.

Judie McConway

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25 May 2010

I remember well when Thatcher got in, for years I wore a badge saying 'Don't blame me, I voted labour' - unfortunately living here in Spain now, I can't be so smug, but goodness only knows why so many working class people voted in the Tories, can only think that they read all the newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch, who has already been thanked in a private audience with Cameron - what next, the BBC I fear. The system was heavily flawed the way it was, with people having to fight tooth and nail to prove that they were disabled enough to receive DLA, labour had even made moves to make that even more difficult, especially for people with mental health problems, I live in a constant state of panic about my son on DLA in the UK, in case he loses this money which he needs to survive.

Tim Black

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25 May 2010

I can feel the spirit of 1979 all over again. For the love of god and all who sail in her how did it happen!

Brave New World

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24 May 2010

Yes as I have heard, it's Robin Hood joining the Sheriff of Nottingham so just another sell out of stealing from the poor to redistribute to the rich! But this time, unlike New Labour they will carry this out blatantly after all we all 'crave' a strong leadership.

They will find another stick to disabled people with in addition to ESA, charging for services for being a bunch of 'uselss eaters'

I wonder what their views are on 'assisted suicide'! Anyone know?

Arty Farty

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24 May 2010

Are we suprised?! OK. I must admit to being a bit suprised by the 'rollover' attitude of the Lib Dems with regard to all of this stereotypical Tory action. We've got to do something about this guys, and quickly, or we're going to end up being stuffed with an even greater reduction to mainstream society due to lack of funding and opportunities, lack of access to a reduced educational system, etc. I keep catching an image of Thatcher out the corner of my eye laughing her head off! Where's my bloody gun?!

Eleni Chambers - via FaceBook

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24 May 2010

Many in these depts work in terrible conditions (hence high turnover of staff etc) - how exactly are cuts going to help?!

Agreed Shaun, and the cost of Trident is what, £100bn?!

Shaun Johnson - via FaceBook

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24 May 2010

Nice to see the Lib Dems standing by their principles and, er, coming away with cuts in arms spending through pulling out of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and cancelling Trident. Oh, they haven't done any of that....

Carole Robinson . via faceBook

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24 May 2010

I certainly didnt vote them in. Its as I and others have said , the cuts will affect the most vulnerable uk citizens. I wont say I told you so though.