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  1. I absolutely support this campaign and congratulate Carer Watch for taking the initiative. The loss or reduction of DLA will bite very, very hard into disabled people’s lives and will hit carers equally hard. DLA has nothing to do with employment – it is a benefit to support disabled people meet the genuine costs of living with a disability. Cutting or reducing DLA will in many cases have a reverse effect on employment and remove the financial support that helps some disabled people get ready to go out to work.

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  2. I work, and have done for the last three and a half years; I also receive DLA, high rate mobility and low rate care. My earnings are very low because my hourly rate is low and due to the effects of my condition I cannot work full-time. However, as a couple we are ineligible for tax credits because of my partner’s earnings, so my earned money has to cover not only my contribution to the household, but also my NHS prescription charges, my eye tests and glasses, my NHS dental fees and so on. It disappears pretty quickly.

    DLA, that does not take other financial circumstances into account, is what saves me from having to go crawling to my partner for a handout every time I need to get a taxi somewhere (it has to be a taxi as I cannot use the bus and the council already cut the accessible transport service for under-60s).

    It would be inhumane for the government to force me, an adult, to have to “ask permission” of my partner every time I want to leave the house. It would remove my independence and completely change the balance of power in our household – we would go from being two independent and equal adults in a mutually supportive relationship to being one who is dependent on the other.

    Scarier still, is the potential for abuse, especially for those who do not have their own earned income.

    Can a non-disabled person imagine being in a scenario where she has a row with her boyfriend (as we all do, from time to time) and then has to ask him for a tenner so that she can get a cab to her friend’s house for the necessary emotional space?

    Can she imagine a situation where she does not dare disagree with her boyfriend in the first place, for fear that he will remove the financial or practical assistance necessary for such simple things as eating or going out of the house?

    DLA, paid directly to disabled people and regardless of the circumstances of those around them, is essential for ensuring that disabled people do not become powerless.

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  3. The first point to make is that DLA is not a benefit, but a basic allowance for the fact that it is more expensive to live as a disabled person in society.

    It seems the proposal to introduce a new medical assessment for DLA has been made in order to reduce the number of people eligible for this support. Is it fair that because the coalition have an inheritance of poor budgeting by the previous government we have to suffer?

    I have very serious misgivings about the medical assessments used and doubts about the knowledge, experience and understanding of those involved in carrying out the assessments. The Work Capability assessment has proved to be a farce, with many, many genuinely ill people being told they are “eligible for work” when they clearly are not. I have no confidence in their ability to recognise the impact an impairment or health condition has on a disabled person’s life. A lot of illnesses are also hard to assess in a ridiculously short appointment, many have fluctuating symptoms and many are not visible or easily identified.

    Earlier this year a Department for Work and Pensions report found that many Job Centre Plus staff felt disabled people were incorrectly being certified fit to work under the current work capability assessment. There is also a large backlog of appeals against work capability assessment decisions, which will only get worse. Between last October and December, 22,618 people consulted Citizens Advice offices about the ESA, the vast majority of them with concerns about the work capability assessment – the new system designed to appraise someone’s potential to work. Advisers working for Citizens Advice have expressed “grave concern” about the number of people unexpectedly being found fit for work. The charity is calling for a full review of the system, a rethink that would reassess who should be eligible for the benefit, and study the accuracy of the medical assessments.

    These appeals and reviews all cost money. The fact that three times as many people claimed DLA now as 10 years ago suggests to me that more ill and disabled people are now able to live independently. Cutting DLA will reverse this rise in independent living and put an enormous pressure on Housing and other departments.

    The idea that this new scheme is to “reduce dependency and promote work” is extremely worrying and also insulting. Do they think we are happy to be in the situation we are in and would not work if we possibly could? The introduction of DLA in 1992 was a move away from the marginalisation of disabled people to a world where disabled people were just ordinary people with some additional needs. Now that is under threat, and worse than that, disabled and sick people are being ridiculed, ostracised and villified in the media, promoted I suspect, by the governemnt in order to gain support for their proposals.

    This must be stopped.

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  4. My adult son has schizophrenia. I am very worried that he will be moved on to ESA and pressurised to do things he can’t do and that that will make him more ill. I am also worried that with the cut backs they will take away some of the very little money he has to live on. They are talking about cutting both DLA and housing benefit. It isn’t fair to save money by taking it from people who are ill and have so little.

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  5. I have a daughter who is bi-polar and on DLA and housing benefit. It is important that her psychiatrist is the person to decide when and how she moves back into employment, which she would like to do.

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  6. Being in receipt of DLA enables me to work. It takes in to account extra costs involved.
    Remove it and I will need to cease working. DLA is not an out of work benefit.

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  7. This is a VERY right-wing govt. stuffed full of “Social Darwinists” who firmly believe in eugenics i.e. the survival of the fittest, the haves & the have less & they don’t give a damn about anyone except their own class ( see Zac Goldsmith ).They are first-class liars & cheats & want to tar the ill & disabled with that tag to cover up their own mendacity. Plus they’ve got the LibDems to prop them up as they enact their fascist policies…God help us all. coz no one else will!

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  8. Cutting benefits and leaving those affected to fend for themselves in an economy, which is faltering and patently unable to support the people who are struggling within already, is clearly an irresponsible and inhumane act of a government, whose mandate was entirely unconvincing in the recent election. The fact that these proposals weren’t offered in the manifestos of either of the parties of the coaliton, just makes their intentions all the more unjustifiable. Cuts should be directed at those who can afford them, and not those who will suffer disporoportionally as a consequence.

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  9. Whatever party is in power , short of 5 10 years dictatorship across the financial spectrum ( eg. freeze on wages prices rents coupled with cuts on all areas of spending ) , the end result will be the same …. social anarchy as jobs are lost followed
    by an increase in re-possessions homelessness as
    interest rates rise ( bank margins expand ) affecting those
    who we would consider well off……
    Insufficent growth as individuals companies will seek to preserve rather than to take risks ( as the banks are doing now ) , Government unwilling to invest for growth , merely seeking to cut back waste ( no thanks to new Labour ).

    The sheer numbers needing help , financial or otherwise ,
    will be such that no Government , as we know it to be , will be able to cope IF applying free market principles as solutions …
    the end of 50 60 years of inept government ….
    Truely interesting times ahead ….

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  10. My father was an MS sufferer most of his life. Many of us will either experience disability directly or indirectly at sometime in our lives.

    How we treat the elderly, and the sick, the disabled and carers is a yardstick by which we measure our civilisations

    The cuts being proposed now are a measure of how far short we fall from civilised standards. Shame.

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  11. This government is acting in a deeply inhumane way and they need to take a deep rethink before 1000’s of vulnerable disabled people end up out on the streets as homeless!

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  12. I have been on disable for years and would find it very hard if i lost my mony or if it was cu, because i have my own house and im oaying a morgage please do not cut our mony down.

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  13. i couldnt live if my money was cut or stoped i have a morgage

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  14. I’m really worried about the way this government is targeting DLA. Three of my family are on it and it gives us a level of independence and quality of life. If I were able to work over 16 hours a week, I wouldn’t be able to if they withdraw it and yet they’re supposed to be helping the most vulnerable in our society. It was all just propaganda to get themselves elected. I am disgusted by the Liberal Democrats.

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  15. I support this campaign and congratulate Carer Watch for taking the initiative. Any loss or reduction in DLA will hurt disabled people and their carers. DLA is a support benefit to help meet the living costs as a disabled person. Cutting or reducing DLA will make it harder for disabled people to be active members of society often working in voluntary employment with Charities. Removing this financial support, which helps these individuals contribute and have a feeling of self worth in society, is a mistake socially, economically and morally.

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  16. I’m really quite upset about the way this government is targeting DLA – its totaly disgraceful that they should target a totaly vunerable section of society like this !

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  17. I fully support this campaign and applaud you for taking it up. I have received DLA for almost 20 years now and without it I would be totally housebound. I have gone through the agony of biennial renewals, appeals, tribunals- unable to use it for a motability car because it was never awarded for long enough. Now that I finally have an “indefinite ” decision I still don’t dare use it as I need in case it is taken away again. It has bought me a scooter, paid for someone to do my ironing and for taxis to get about and it has helped me to study at home. Now that I only have a state pension things are even tighter and I cannot imagine having to beg my husband for money every time I need to go out or have my scooter serviced. DLA is an essential need for the extra expenses that we incur. It seems to me that this Government is just targeting the most vulnerable in society.

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  18. I AM VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE PROPOSALS FOR DLA, WHY MANY DISABLED PEOPLE HAVE SEVERE PROBLEMS THAT ARE LIFELONG AND IN MANY WILL NOT GET BETTER, THEREFORE WHY SHOULD THOSE PEOPLE BE SUBJECTED TO UNESSEARY ASSESSMENTS, WHEN SUFFICENT EVIDENCE CAN BE SUPPLIED FROM THE PERSONS GP/SPECALISTS, I HAVE BEEN TO SEE MY MP MARTIN HORWOOD CHELTENHAM AND HE RAISED THIS QUESTION IN PARLIAMENT ON 19TH JULY.

    THOSE DISABILITY GROUPS OR DISABLED PEOPLE WHO FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT THIS SHOULD SET UP A PETITION OR LOBBY THEIR MPS IF I CAN HELP IN ANY WAY PLEASE EMAIL ME

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  19. I dont now what this gov is up to with ib and dla, all on ib have worked and paid taxes,they must have forgot that ,
    every one here in the uk should be very very worried cos no one knows if they will get sick and need help. i my self worked all
    my life until an accident at work damaged my spine
    im in constant pain no surgury available to me, i have been for medicals and now get top dla for life . now im
    told to go through it all again, i will never be able to work again. im on diazapan and morphine. is this gov on drugs to i ask my self.well they need to be stopped

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  20. Dear Sirs,
    I have been on IB for 10 yrs and high rate mobility and high rate
    care indefinately for 7 yrs, my wife is my carer and she doesnt claim CA, she attends to my needs 24/7, i suffer from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), i have lumber and cervical spondylitis along with epilepsy, severe anxiety, total new knee replacement, and depression. I am 62 yrs of age, how on ever am i supposed to get a job. Fair enough there has got to be changes but surely not at this level just like the thousands who are in the same or worse position than myself. I would hate to be a LIBERAL DEMOCRAT supporter as thier party have
    sold thier soles for a seat on the front bench, and have become a CONSERVATIVE puppet, in fact what they are intending to do is nothing short of treason. I hope this doesnt upset anyone (its not intended to) but if we dont stick together as you have stated then we will be discarded as no users and nobody will give a hoot, so i definately support your cause and hope that thousands of
    others do as well..tks

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  21. Well if they stop my DLA I’ll give up what little work I can do and go on the dole; without DLA I am economically unviable.

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  22. I have bi polar and BPD and I’m also extremely concerned about this. How can this government possibly justify what they propose to do. I have support from my local mental health team which is invaluable, I have a couple of good friends but no family support at all. DLA helps me try and lead some sort of life when I am able to. This proposal is outrageous, we’re just being beaten and battered by this ‘couldn’t careless about sick and disabled coalition’. A fairer, equal and safe society’ words by David Cameron I believe. There’s absolutely nothing fair or equal about this, and as far as alot of disabilities are concerned, I would say extremely unsafe!

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  23. i too am in receipt of DLA,without it i would be housebound.does this government think i got ill on purpose!!,i have a hereditary lung and heart problem,no its not going to get better,DLA makes my life bearable,i can enjoy what time i have as i probably wont even get to collect my old age pension! any one with a debilitating illness wouldnt wish it on their worst enemy.governments always pick on the weakest in society in the hope that no-one can do anything about it.
    claiming DLA was hard for me to do as it meant accepting i had a disability and all that went with it!
    i totally support this cause
    i will be emailing my MP about this as well

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  24. I have become disabled through no fault of my own. I have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. I have also diabetes and osteo arthritis.
    I have been getting DLA at the high mobility rate and middle rate for care for 7 years. My condition is worsening not miraculously getting better. Like everyone that has to rely on benefits, oh how I wish I could work. My DLA and IB are due to be renewed in October, I am really worried that those two benefits will be stopped. If they were I would become housebound. Its bad enough having to claim every three years, when others with the same condition has thier DLA and IB indefinately. I am now 57 and I know I would find it hard to get employment, nobody would want to employ someone who can’t guarantee they can be there every day.
    I wouldnt want to live with no income, and no way of getting around. I know we have to have cuts, but does it have to start with the most vulnerable in our society.
    The government in their rush to catch fraudsters, have cast their net too wide and caught a lot of genuinely sick and disabled people. We arent all sitting at home and doing nothing. We are trying to survive.
    I feel that this government would rather we would just die.

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  25. I have suffered with advanced osteoporosis for Three years, I find it hard to do normal daily things, like walking sitting and sleeping in a bed.
    The small amount i get from DLA helps with travel etc,
    I also suffer with agoraphobia and panic attack’s, which i see a specialist for every week.
    I fail to see how cutting this Benefit will help anyone! The little help i do get really is a life line for me, and now they want to take that away.

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  26. Well, I don’t think I can stand more scrutiny from the basically, failed G.P.s who the government employ at huge cost to decide the course of our lives. I’ve been prodded and poked quite enough. People with no clue about mental health and how debilitating chronic anxiety and depressive illness can be. Doctors who challenge the opinions of eminent hospital consultants; experts in their fields. So it looks like I have about three more years on this mortal coil if they don’t finish me off sooner, wish it could have been longer but hey ho. I give in. A handful of the pills they have been telling me I need to have some semblance of normality and I’ll be gone. For all of you who have the strength, (which I haven’t) to carry on fighting, I wish you the best of luck.

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  27. I am a community mental health worker and and absolutely in support of this campaign. DLA is already under claimed for and not at all easy to obtain. I fear this proposal merely serve to further stigmatise and add to difficulties many disabled people face.

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  28. Carer Watch would like to thank all those that have contributed so far. Please contact any groups/organisations you belong to and ask them to send us a statement of support too. This has to be a united front.

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  29. An essentual benifit for the people who require it to live. There have been many changes in recent years making it more difficult to qualify, therefore the people on the benifit now are in increasing need of help. Disabled people have faced many cutbacks of services and other essentuals. This latest move will effect what little quality of life they may have left.

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  30. I am appauled and very distressed at the way this government are targeting vunerable sick and disabled people. I paid tax and insurance for 38 years until I had an accident and broke my back which has left me in severe pain and I have to keep lying down to relieve the pressure on my spine. I am limited to things I can do and cannot even sit for long. On top of this now I am so stressed by what is about to happen in those so called medicals that I am losing weight and feel ill.
    The media and government have brain watched the population into believing everyone who is ill is pretending and just a scrounger. I would like to point out that those who support the government on this will regret it when their life is suddenly turned upside down by and accident or illness and then there will be no support for anyone at all when this government gets their way.
    Also GPs should be up in arms that after all their training they are now classed as unqualified to judge if a person is sick and that the discision is now left to a computer and an Atos employee being told to keep figures down or risk losing their job.
    Its disgusting all of it something like victorian England.

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  31. The Lib Dems kept banging on about “fairness” in the election campaigns. David Cameron had a son who needed the help of DLA and now there are plans to cut this. The way our politicians value disabled peole tell us a lot. I give every support to this Campaign for people who need this allowance. It is absolutely nothing to do with benefits and is going to make sick people sicker.

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  32. I wonder how many soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan will need to be on DLA eventually and what they may have to go through to obtain it? No person with a long-term health disability should be hounded and regarded as a scrounger in a country which is supposed to value human rights. This Government is targeting the wrong people and making their lives unbearable – more than their lives are at the present time coping with disability, illness, high costs for prescriptions, dental care and expensive foods on special diets – let alone the normal costs of living. Many are managing alone. I wholeheartedly support this Campaign. Things are becoming increasingly dangerous and depressing under this Coalition Government.

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  33. Please leave DLA alone and don’t target those unable to work because they are genuinely ill. Why target the mentally ill? They already have to try and deal with the stigma associated with severe mental illness. They would love to work if they are able. Let their Psychiatrists decide whether they should be on benefits not people who dont know or understand them

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  34. I fully support your campaign to protect Disability Benefits.
    Lyn Swann
    sick and disabled, in receipt of Disabilty Living Allowance

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  35. Hi folks
    When will the govt. start helping disabled people instaed of harrassing them and making them worse in some cases. My dear wife suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and would love to be able to work. We both know that it is impossibile. on her rare ‘good’ days she looks and acts fine. the rest of the time, well… the fact the some clerk can tell my wife she is fit to work enrages me and leave my wife very ill. We can barely live on the money we have. (high care low mob and I get carers allow. + housing benefit) If my wife where to go on JSA it would mean I would have to also. Any jobs out there for a 54 year old man with Arthritis. (didnt think so) Stop pay out billions to companies to do research and pay the people who need the govt.s help. people who are ill through no fault of there own.

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  36. I am at a loss for expletives, I shall work on it for when I write to
    10 Downin Street……

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  37. I am a carer for a disabled relative, and i know how hard it was to get this benefit, and now he has an indefinate decision, i would be amazed if it were taken away. However nothing would surprise me too much as cost cutting no matter who it hurts is the order of the day from this coalition government. i don’t believe they do care about the most vulnerable people in society otherwise they would be looking at ways to help them more, not as they are doing which is push them into desperate situations, full of stress and increased poverty.

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  38. My wife and I depend utterly on DLA. Without it, we could not survive. The presumption that, If you claim DLA, you probably don’t deserve it, is repugnant. The look of utter hatred and spite on George Osborn’s face as he spat out the figures for those claiming DLA, and how claims had escalated (although still an underclaimed ALLOWANCE, not a benefit, as poited out nby another correspondent), was profoundly sickening. DLA is about disability, not work. My wife works, I cannot. We now live in fear for our very existence thanks to these ConDems. They may as well hand out razor blades, ropes and pills with every letter withdrawing DLA entitlement. Is the coalition pursuing a new version of the Final Solution? All power to this campaign.

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  39. I am a Fifty year old disabled man, a few years ago, I was forced to accept medical severance from the company I worked for. I am in receipt of a small company pension and receive Disability Living Allowance for which I am extremely grateful. I am concerned about the medical re assessment all claimants of DLA are to undergo and I feel that many disabled people including myself are not putting our concerns across very well at the moment.

    I don’t want to distact you from my question so I will briefly outline my concerns. Like many other claimants of Disability Living Allowance, I have previously been given the award for a period of three years, My conditions are not going to go away. I have three Consultants, I undergo regular check up’s, pay for my own medication, Council tax and do not see myself as a burden, however, I feel the media portrays people who are not in work is not especially good for one’s morale. I have worked, I have held down full time employment since I left University, I worked since I was sixteen also and whilst at home, studying for ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels and also whilst at College, so I could top up my grant. I miss work and find myself constantly depressed at not being able to do the work I enjoyed so much. I make few demands on the State, I pay for my medication myself. I see three Consultants for different conditions regularly and also attend Pain Clinic again on a regular basis.

    As I have mentioned, I am concerned about about the push towards medical assesments for DLA. The one thing I must state is that everyone who applies or has applied for DLA has at some point been medically assessed. The DWP approached every Consultant and my GP before compiling information on me, I know this because they wrote informing me of this For myself, I was awarded DLA indefinitely, middle rate care and the higher rate mobility. I have twice applied before due to my ongoing and lifelong condition/s and my degenerative spinal injury. I can walk, but am in frequent pain and take morphine, despite having a pain free period this afternoon, I have not had much sleep in the last three nights as due to changing medication, I am slowly reducing one whilst increasing another, this is not uncommon in my case. I also underwent a procedure recently the beneficial effects on pain were very temporary. I digress, I have just had an extremely painful episode which has lasted for the last three nights and days, I am keeping a pain diary due to the Opiate drugs I have to take. I also take Medication for life which is prescribed by another consultant and due to the contraindications of this, tomorrow I have an ultra sound. I do apologise if I am sounding like a parrot, it is just that this is typical of one week, and the Government are, because I am still working age are expecting myself and others to make permanent plans over our futures, at least that is what it feels like to me. Like many other people, I am unable to do so. I still at fifty have ambitions, I also have experience and qualifications under my belt, but I feel that I am being tarred by a brush of someone who has never done a day’s work in my life! One thing which I have learnt over the last few years is that no two people are the same. I am not naïve enough, however, to believe that the system is infallible. It they wished to check in with me regularly I would have no problem, so long as it was my own consultant/s or an NHS employee/ consultant/specialist trained in the specific areas of my various health problems. Like many other people here this is causing me great anxiety, sleepless nights and it is adding to my feelings of worthlessness.
    I was awarded the Higher rate Mobility and Middle rate Care indefinitely, I was relieved as since an initial diagnosis of a chronic condition where I was very ill, I had applied three times and each time I had been awarded for a fixed period. Forms and decisions had always weighed heavily on my mind. Eight years ago I was given three years to live. I made a good enough recovery to live with this condition and was told by my specialist that I need to keep a good diet, rest plenty and this is where the difficulty for me arises, excercize. I am going to talk to my pain specialist about this. This is a completely different condition, caused by a serious enough fall to cause me now to have a degenerative spinal condition. I struggle with pain daily, I should like the person who has caused all of this worry to see what it is like at the end of every week, ensuring the dossette boxes are carefully filled. I take strength knowing that I am not alone here. There are others with the same, similar things to myself. It has got to the point now where I am going to have to think about perhaps minimising my visits to hospital, they are all very time consuming and I have been told esssential. So going back to work as much as I should really like to is not an option. I just ask to be referred to my specialists as my conditions are of grave concern to me so it would be helpful to be seen by someone who understands the situation and that I am being treated albeit ongoing.

    If the worst happens and I lose my disability living allowance my blood disorder which nearly killed me isn’t going to go unchecked, I am at times very ill, exhausted and unable to do the simplest of tasks, the times that I am not suffering from this then I have the chronic pain to deal with.

    I would lose my car which is my independance, it is what takes me to the hospital several times a month. If I am having a bad day, then I rely on my elderly Mother to come over and collect me, at the moment, I am also able to eat the correct diet. I am prescribed medication which I will always take and I get that from the hospital, the rest I will arrange and pick up from a Chemist in my town. ( I pay for my own medication ) If I am now well enough to pick them up, the chemist delivers them to me. I think what I am trying to say is that I find life difficult and that is simply just coping with three major conditions. Without this help, there will be buses and taxis when I am unable to use the bus, I don’t know how I am going to fund it all, coping until retirement age and that is without the help I desperatly need. I feel for all the others who have written in here, they are feeling desperate like myself. There are many people who are blighted by different conditions. I just wish that Mr. Osborne had thought about the consequences of taking help away from the sick. It is a disgrace and I hope that he reads a few of these posts. I feel to upset to continue writing, I missed a very important hospital appointment as I seem to be bombarded with letters for appointments, I was not able to funtion that day. I sincerely hope that Mr. Osborne never has to face real illness the sort that myself and others on here have to confront every day of our lives. Thank you for listening.

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  40. I am a co-worker in a Camphill Community i.e. I live and work with adults with a Learning Disability. I am also supporting our Community Members with their benefits and I am very much aware what a loss of middle or higher rate care allowance would mean for them. Not to mention the anxiety this announcement by the government has caused already. I wish you all the support you can get.

    Elisabeth Luedemann-Ravit

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  41. I have a lot of health issues.Medulla Sponge Kidney that is symptomatic.I have passed blood clots and stones on a frequent basis.I have a fracture of C5 in my neck that causes numbness in my hand along with mild degeneration of all cervical discs.I have a fractured wrist that has reduced some movement in that wrist.I have two prolapsed discs in my lumber spine that plays up and gives me sciatica if I do much bending.I have a Hiatus Hernia that plays up if I do a lot of bending.I suffer social phobia and have been through alcoholism through being made to work when still phobic.I had no choice but to drink to go to work.I suffer from OCD,Anxiety and Depression.
    The fear this Government is creating will drive people to drink and drugs.Crime will definitely increase due to the homelessness and unemployment this Governments plans to attack benefits.This country will not be held in high regard on its Human Rights stance.It will be likened to a country run by a third world dictator.
    Justice for the poor is going.The CAB in my area is closing due to lack of funds from local government.Legal Aid is being reduced.You are closing of all avenues of help for the poor.
    You should be shamed of yourselves.If not then you lack humanity.

    Silver

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  42. The more a disabled person tries the harder they make it for both the disabled person and their carer/s. As mental illness is an unseen illness except at times of crisis they are ese people at risk of further breakdown, after having closed many of the psychiatric facilities. These are the people who do not speak up for themselves and it is vital that the Government realises this. There should be more “places of safety” especially for those with long-standing illness, but who have struggled for years to maintain their independence, This is also a great worry for carers. The WHAM syndrome(What happens After Me) still exists, and because of the lack of facilities many end up in prison, or totally socialy isolated, and dependent either on relatives, many who are unable to cope, or on psychiatric services, which are inadequate. Their care is to be transferred to the G.Ps many of whom do not have the specialist training or understanding of severe mental illness. Added to this it has only recently been realised that there are going to be a large number of elderly people suffering from dementia and Alzheimers. These may well get more attention as the M.Ps themselves become aged, and the fear of mental incapacity takes over. We need many more carers in what is an uncaring world.

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  43. If I lost my DLA, I wouldn’t be able to work. I would have to apply for ESA and no doubt be placed in the ‘Work’ group and encouraged to find a job ……….having lost a job because I lost my DLA. This is insanity.

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  44. THIS WOULD SEEM TO BE AN EASY TARGET FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO HIT AT AND ONE WHERE THE PEOPLE HAVING THESE TESTS ARE VERY VUNERABLE TO ABUSE;A TERRIBLE THING FOR GOVERNMENT TO DO

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  45. I wholly endorse the comments made and add my full support for those of us who need DLA, not only to enjoy some quality of life, but also for shopping and attending hospital. Makes me laugh at how a lot of people seem to think this is another benefit for use to stay off work and claim all other benefits. I have been a diabetic for over 54 years, have neauropathy cardiovascular disease, which resulted in me having a 4 way bypass some 10 years ago.. I worked for a total of 43 years before having to give up due to neauropathy becoming severe. yes I support this campaign fully and hope this thatcherite government looks more carefully at those who have to depend on this particular help.

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  46. as a carer and a disabled person I find this horrific. I am lucky enough to be able to work AND to have a job but still there are many who can’t and/or don’t.
    I tend to believe that DLA is rather in the way of being a compensation for the fact that government won’t actually enforce true equality and so gives us money in the hope that we’ll shut up and go away.
    My term of office as LGBT officer at my SU ends today and if my last act is signing up in opposition to this victimisation then I’ll be more than happy.

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  47. Its a Disgrace that they have targeted the vunerable in our societ ( again )

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  48. Why are all governments obsessed with any work at any price anyway? Why can’t those disabled people who can work work for one hour a week if they want?
    Why is voluntary work, courses and unpaid creative work that is often beneficial to disabled people and the community not recognised and funded? It should be about quality of life and that’s what DLA gives, quality, dignity and independence. That’s what it was designed for. It should be nothing to do with work. Disabled people should have a basic income to meet their needs in life and give them a quality of existence which DLA does. Work isn’t good in every case, it can wreck health and ruins lives. Let us also not forget that many disabled people can’t do things other than work even things that others take for granted eg social events, holidays, travel etc.

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  49. I fully support this statement regarding DLA Absolutely outrageous that the Government is deliberately targetting its recipients.No meaningless Government speak about still “protecting the vulnerable” after the introduction of a contrived “objective” medical assessment changes that.

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  50. As a woman who is unable to work due to multi-health issues that include a spinal disability, ME and mental health issues and much moire i am terrified about all the the latest government is proposing. I worked from 18 until i was medically retired at 47 and am now unable to work. I am already having problems with DLA and have not received a payment since May. I carry a laminated A5 sheet listing on one side my health problems and on the other side my medications and contact numbers so that i get the correct help treatment when i collapse.

    No one gets a carers allowance for looking after me: my younger son takes care of my needs before and after his day at uni, weekends and holidays – i also have another son on DLa who has mental health problems frollowing a breakdown.

    If i lose DLA, especially the high mobility payments i will not be able to go out, go to the doctors, get my shopping etc I can manage on the money i have let alone losing any of it.

    Why do each Government that gets voted in attack the most vulnerable first – no one asks to be disabled or long term sick. I understand there are people who “swing the lead” and do not deserve DLA or IB but the Government cannot treat us all the same – when we have Consultant(s) files full of our tests etc with a diagnosis of our health issues, MRI or other scans, x-rays, multitude of tests reports, years of Doctors notes etc etc why should we still have to prove that what we put on the renewal claim forms is true.

    I fully support this and any other campaign that aims to help disabled, sick and other vulnerable people to keep their Dla benefits or any other benefit/payment that they need to live and not just to exist.

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  51. i have ic i have cronic pain in my feet so i find it hard to walk for

    i have sevral other things wrong . i count on my D.L.A .. IF I DID NOT HAVE THIS BENIFIT I WOULD NOT BE ABEL TO COPE I NEED MY CAR TO GET ME AROUND WHITCH IS NOT A NEW ONE I DISPAIR AT THE THOUGHT OF THIS GOVORMENT IN POWER they said before they got in power they would look after the people who needed looking after but it apears like always they lie .it is so worying to think i mite like manay others be without my dla or other benifits i had a great job great pay but could not keep my job due to my illness .so now im going to be on edge thinking im going to be punished again by the goverment who say they care rubish . i had to apeal once when i got told i was fit for work i had to go to a medical it was the worst thing that i had been to in my life digrading . and as some one else said they set us up to fail the medicals so they can loook good with there numbers and say we have got so manay people bac to work and our figers are down for un employment .. i hope that we dont just sit and take this we need to stand togather .how can they decided to take you of D L A if your simptoms are worse than when you went onD L A as mine and im sure sevral others may well be .i wish they could have the siptoms we have and the life we have then juge if we are fit or not .of corse most of us would rather have good health and a job than no life and poor health no one wants to live on D L A but if it helps us live then yes we are entiteld to it ..i heard on the news that the goverment is seting a team up to spy on people who are claming sick benifits and D L A .AND THE MORE PEOPLE THEY CATCH WHO ARE FROGILANT THE MORE MONEY THEY WILL BE PAID well thats all well and good but how much money do they think they will save while they are paying people like that to spy on people genuin people are being made to pay for the few that are taking benifits while not genuinley ill ,but im sure it must be against human rights to have your life invaded by these so called people ..well its a sore subject with me all this medicals as i have had bad exspereance in the past i was put in front of a panel of people and i did get put back on my benifits its a long time ago but i hope i dont have to do anaything like this again we need to make a stand now before all this gets out of hand and confront these so called politicans we put in power ..they dont have to worry if they will have enaugh money to pay bills or get some one to change your wet sheets or bath you in midel of night when you are so ill u cant stand up .. hope to sign anaything to stop this
    kind regards

    barbara
    barbara

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  52. Disabled People are an easy soft target for the Government, that is why they are doing this.

    They want to get people off benefits and back to work!!
    I have one thing to ask them WHAT WORK??? my husband was made redundant in February this year after 16 years with the same company and has only just this month (August) found full time employment for the minimum wage of £5.80 ph.
    So I would like the government to explain to me where they are going to find all the jobs for the GOVERNMENT VICTIMS who get their Disability Benefits taken away?

    IF MY HUSBAND WHO IS FIT AND HEALTHY CANNOT FIND WORK… (and he has tried & tried & tried)
    HOW CAN THE GOVERNMENT EXPECT DISABLED PEOPLE (EVEN IF THEY COULD WORK) TO BE ABLE TO COMPETE IN THE EMPLOYMENT MARKET??

    I am disabled and if my benefits are taken away I do not know how we would cope, yes I do We Wouldn’t!

    PLEASE DON’T ATTACK THE MOST VUNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY.

    Just for the record before I became ill, I was employed as an Accounts Administrator by the same company for 28 YEARS.. and believe me when I say

    “IF I COULD SWOP THE PAIN FOR A JOB I WOULD (((JUMP))) WITH JOY.. OH! GOD HOW I WOULD LOVE TO BE PAIN FREE & WORKING AGAIN”

    Hilary

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  53. I am a disabled parent and recieve DLA, I am also a sole carer of my disabled autistic son, who equally suffers severely with OCD and sensory issues. If we were to lose DLA it would greatly affect our lives. To subject us to medicals by people who have no understanding about how difficult it is for us to cope with our every day trusts would and is completely wrong and unfair.

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  54. The first point to make is that DLA is not a benefit, but a basic allowance for the fact that it is more expensive to live as a disabled person in society.

    It seems the proposal to introduce a new medical assessment for DLA has been made in order to reduce the number of people eligible for this support. Is it fair that because the coalition have an inheritance of poor budgeting by the previous government we have to suffer?

    I work part-time and would not be able to if I did not receive DLA which is an allowance not a benefit. If I did not receive DLA I would not be able to continue working and therefore would be a further drain on the economy.

    I have very serious misgivings about the medical assessments used and doubts about the knowledge, experience and understanding of those involved in carrying out the assessments. The Work Capability assessment has proved to be a farce, with many, many genuinely ill people being told they are “eligible for work” when they clearly are not. I have no confidence in their ability to recognise the impact an impairment or health condition has on a disabled person’s life. A lot of illnesses are also hard to assess in a ridiculously short appointment, many have fluctuating symptoms and many are not visible or easily identified

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  55. When I was very unwell, DLA was my lifeline as I was able to pay for psychotherapy which prevented me from killing myself. Now I feel a bit stronger, it keeps me in work. Please remember that DLA is not a work replacement benefit, it is for the extra costs of being disabled.

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  56. Harassing the mentally ill.
    harassing the sick.

    the lessons of leanne chambers should be taught to the goverment, a poor young girl, mentally unwell, who took her own likfe as her employer wanted to have her in for a meeting ot see if she was capable of work.

    will be my name next.

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  57. As a recipient of DLA with a very limited income I have nevertheless being subscribing to a charity(which I wont name).I contacted their HQ Monday 3 weeks ago to ask them what their attitude was to the governments proposals regarding DLA.As yet I havent received a response but yesterday a chap contacted me by phone inquiring if I would consider increasing my donations because of their increased financial burden.In the past I have increased but on this occasion I decided not to let my heart rule my head and told him that until I know what the charitys attitude was that that would remain my position.Indeed,if the charity were to in any way coalesce with the government on their proposals then I feel I will have no option but to withdraw my subscription and give instead to one that supports your campaign.

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  58. At least hitler was honest with his intentions unlike this government, I already feel like a leaper by being on benefits for being ill after working for 20 years why not use some of the millions you use for security of MPs for the cuts not disabled peoples benefits

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  59. Do politicians or anyone in authority actually live in the real world. They should try being a carer. Most of them couldn’t last five minutes on the pittance we receive and the work we receive. Those of us who are carers demand a decent rate of pay for a job and also when we have to quit our jobs no harassment over tax credits overpayments from HRMC tax credits adding further stress to the situation and leaving carers to live in abject poverty unable to pay for basics such as fuel bills.

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  60. Do any MPS or any bureaurcrats have any idea what it is to live in abject poverty worrying about the next fuel bill or where the next meal is coming from. Carers are invisible and receive a pittance for the work that they do. We should receive at least the equivalent of at least thee minimum wage to live on. Let those in authority come down from their ivory towers and sample the real world. They couldn’t last five minutes. Also if a carer is forced to give up their job they should not be harassed by HRMC tax credits department for overpayments which will lead to financial hardship for money they have not got and are never going to get. It should be written off forthwith.

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  61. I would also like to add my voice to the many.We must get the message out that DLA is not an out of work benefit. DLA is an allowance paid to anyone with mobility and care needs to help them meet those needs. I have MS and for 3 years worked ful-time and DLA provided me with the extra support I needed to continue working. Then as my health deteriorated and I became more diabled I had to move to part-time working and DLA became even more crucial as my financial commitments stayed at the same level while my income dropped and my disability related expenses increased.

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  62. Just to add my support to the campaign. I would have expected more from a party where the leader had a disabled son. But then again, having grown up under Margaret Thatcher, what can you really expect from the Con-swervatives?

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  63. …So much for the ‘compassionate Conservatives’. Shame on them, living it up in their millionaires club. Haven’t they heard that privilege goes with responsibility to the needy. If they have, why can’t they show it and tax the rich, like the investment bankers, instead of making the sick and disabled feel even more miserable?

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  64. I find it very disturbing that people on DLA are being so ruthlessly targeted and discriminated against, have we not moved on from the dark ages? In order to promote health and well being then more assistance should be given not less, if you did a poll on those receiving benefits the majority would give anything to have a normal life and be able to work; they do not want to be where they are. Of course, some are swinging the system and unfortunately this has affected all the genuine claimants and these must be looked in to first, but not at the expense of others who are struggling with disabilities, mental health, medication and its side effects and very visible health conditions. The Coalition Government really needs to consider the affect this will have, not just on the vulnerable, but their families too. The rich are forever getting richer and those falling behind who need genuine help are under serious threat when ideally we should be educating people that no-one deliberately goes out to get ill and live off benefits, Let’s face it, it is not much of a life and you are looked down upon and stigmatised, you can barely afford to live and eat healthily which is paramount to independence and good health. It does not take a psychologist to understand that if you are living in poverty and being stigmatised it does nothing for your confidence or mental health. If more is taken away there will be no chance and people will become even more dependent, ill and cause more of a burden on the NHS, it will lead to depression and possible suicides for the most vulnerable. Already, by reading many of the forums on websites, the concern is clear to see, and this is not a concern that they will be ‘found out’ as the Government would like to think, but a genuine fear that they will not be able to afford to live and the repercussions. Surely, surely in this day and age there are ways to increase better living, and prognosis for those with disabilities, can we not tap in to minds of the many great people and philanthropists who have a desire and the power (and money) to change this way of thinking so that everyone gains and disability does not become a swear word but a ‘motivator. They need a sense of value in order to believe in themselves, gain confidence and feel equal to the rest. There needs to be greater understanding not victimisation and cut backs, they really cannot afford to tighten their belts; they are already squeezing the life out of them. If I could move in the right places I would dearly love to take a stand and change things for the better, that power is unique, there are people out there with it, let them rise and be brave, let’s not take, but give, surely we are a Great Nation? Let’s enable people!

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  65. It is a great shame that the sick and disabled amongst us, will, yet again, be the target of cuts in the welfare budget. I am reliant on my partner / carer, am unable to drive due to my illness and reactions to medication, am in constant pain and have a multitude of long term health problems. Having battled long and hard to win my case, I see yet more battles looming on the horizon, which is a constant worry to me. I don’t want to loose my independence or mobility transport and become a prisoner in my own home. I have the letters from the ESA as it is called now, stating that I am unemployable and need no more medical reports. Well, we will see what transpires.

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  66. it is absolute disgrace about goverment proposals, yet again the weak and vunerable are being targeted. I myself suffer from progressive multiple scerolis, and i feel guilty for getting this disease. i’ve worked since i was 16 years of age , for the past couple of years ,been recieving disabilty living allowance and other benefits. It is putting sick and genuine people under a lot of terrible stress. Do they not realise what these stresses will cause! shame on you! Also we are being targeted by society as if we are frauds and scougers.

    i

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  67. Yes I too am a very worried disabled person. I was going on the protest at the government conference on sun Oct 3rd but they have made it so difficult to access that disabled arnt able to get there!

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  68. Providing for the sick and disabled and their careers defines our society as civilized, a return to a world where those groups rely on charity or means tested benefits is a return to the values of Victorian Britain and the poor laws. Thanks to Nye Bevan and the Labour government of 1945 this attitude had been consigned to history and defined post 1945 Britain as a truly civilized society. Today we are being threatened with a return to a form of barbarism that only this Tory/Liberal government would contemplate and consider morally justifiable.

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  69. I can appreciate Diabnicks comment regarding Diabetes and complication. I have peripheral neuropathy in my hands and feet, I am blind in right eye and very poor sight in other eye(currently being treated. I have chronic asthma, Endometriosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Diabetes Mellitus 39 yrs and completely knackered ! I receive DLA and severe disability allowance and my Mortgage payments have been drastically cut. I am worried sick as I am not able to pay the extra for my mortgage as it is already restricted. I will end up Homeless if more cuts are to happen on 20 of October. Stress is a killer and esp. with a chronic illness never mind a few. Seems us disabled folks will have to beg for bread and water as we have No right being unfit to work. The sooner a group is set up to fight these cuts that are being made on the Countries most VULNERABLE the better I say.

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  70. These cuts to disability will make my life so difficult as to be unliveable. It’s not all bad though, George Osborne will still have his £4 million offshore, tax-avoided trust fund.

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