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Crippen looks at the new definition of the word ‘Fairness’ / 6 November 2010

People who live in Residential Care Homes are clearly disabled by any definition and even the Sun, despite their current smear campaign aimed at disabled people (see last week’s blog) can’t claim that they are not!

However, the ConDem’s have included those of us who live in care homes as part of their attack on the Welfare State. They are going to withdraw the DLA Mobility Component from our benefits.

This means that those of us who reside in Care Homes and are buying wheelchairs and scooters through the Motability scheme will be unable to continue with the payments and as a result will lose these essential aids to our mobility. Those of us who use the Mobility Component to pay for taxis and other forms of accessible transport will also have this service denied.

Discussing this with Sir Bert Massie, former Chair of the Disability Rights Commission, he explained that people in care homes are allowed to keep £22.30 for themselves. Add to this the DLA Component of £49.85 and this provides them with a total of £72.15.

Bert went on to explain: “But when we consider the amount of income that people in Care Homes will be losing in percentage terms after these cuts, this group of Disabled people will face a drop of about 66% in their net income. This will be the highest new tax rate imposed upon anyone in the government’s Budget!”

Later, talking to one of my whistle blowers within the Leonard Cheshire care home system, she told me that she’d also heard that those residents who are rich enough to pay their own care fees are actually being allowed to keep the Mobility Component of their DLA!

So there we have it folks, something concrete with which to beat the Prime Minister and his cronies over the head with; two clear examples that show that despite the claim that the Budget is fair, for Disabled people it is most definitely not!

Just think, we could have found the Achilles heel that will result in the collapse of this corrupt government. Nice one Bert!

Keywords: benefit cuts,cuts to services,disabled people's movement,disabled people's protest,discrimination,money,politics,poverty,residential care

Comments

Crippen

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10 November 2010

Nick Clegg tried to defend himself in a Guardian article today. Out of hundreds of comments, not one responded favorably and some of them had to be deleted due to innapropriate language!

Here's the link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/nov/09/poverty-plus-pound-not-enough

Mad Max

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8 November 2010

Hmmm, are care homes the new 'open prisons'. Could it actually be said that prisoners have more rights and freedoms than us disabled peeps?

I have said [publically] that a 'civilised society should be judged on how it meets the needs of those most [I don't like the term, but when needs must ..] vulnerable.

Based upon the current economic cutbacks ... I guess we are no longer a 'civilised society'.

Claire

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8 November 2010

This is very intersting and appaling dave.....a few questions to our MPs about this methinks.

Bob Williams-Findlay

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7 November 2010

If people commit a crime and are found guilty they are locked away; so what crime have those who live in residential settings committed?

The removal of the DLA mobility component not only removes their independence it also in many cases imprisons them against their will. How is this not viewed as an abuse of Human Rights? Where does it say in law that people in residential settings must travel in 'smacker buses'? I have already asked Ms Maria Miller, Minister for Disabled, how the Government's approach to DLA fits into the framework provided by the Convention on the Rights of Disabled People - so far she has remained silent.

Linda Burnip

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7 November 2010

thanks for pointing people in the irght direction to join us and fight these cuts at DPAC Dave.We are also on facebook and should shortly have website up snd running. Our next event is a rally in Birmingham on November 13th and making our presence known at Coalition of Resistance Conference on November 27th. Not sure they have quite grasped disabled people's issues yet.

But back to changing definitions they are changing the definition of homelessness too.

Crippen

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7 November 2010

I agree with you up to a point Kev, but people like Bert Massey and Jane Campbell for example, although elevated to the Lords and therefore seeming to have joined the elite, are still working away for us in the background.

There are certainly some Crips who have capitalised on their insider knowledge, so to speak, and have abandoned the fight in favour of personal gain.But that's human nature and just proves that Disabled people are just the same as those who are non-disabled.

The group that Eddie refers to is one example of the older and younger generations of Crips working together to continue the fight for equality, in particular the fight against the cuts.

The link to the DPAC blog is http://disabledpeopleprotest.wordpress.com/

Eddie

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7 November 2010

I seem to remember hat there's a group that's got itself together called Disabled Peoples Protest against the Cuts, or something. I remember getting a link through one of your cartoons but I seem to have lost it. Can you point me in the right direction Crippen? Thanks

Kev Towner

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7 November 2010

Unfortunately, I think we ARE weak and powerless right now!! The DDA, the CONsultation culture, the "promotion" of many of the great leaders of our Movement to the political elite, all these factors have contributed to a process that has deluded Disabled people that those in power really give a stuff about them!!

We need a revolution!!

Penny Pepper

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6 November 2010

It's all so sickening. These measures are unashamed in attacking people who already have so little! Because we are deemed as weak and powerless - and the least lijely to bite back? We must find ways to show them otherwise!

ArtyFarty

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6 November 2010

Blimey, you're not hanging about Mr C (and I thought you were ill?!). Any more punches like this and you'll have the ConDems flat out on the canvas! Nice to see Mr Massie back in the fight as well.