Received from Carole Rutherford on behalf of Act Now for Autism
The Welfare Reform Bill is impacting in a negative way within the autism community both financially and emotionally.
We fully support the team at Pat’s Petition. There has never been a greater need to pause before continuing with measures that are having a catastrophic impact within our community.
Adults and families living with autism are finding it harder to cope with the changes every day. We were told that the reforms would ensure that those with the greatest needs would be taken care of, this is not what is happening. We are hearing from adults with autism on a daily basis who are terrified about the prospect of a face to face assessment without anyone to enable them to communicate effectively.
Adults with autism do not have the ‘historic’ evidence or otherwise that we are hearing will be necessary. The bedroom tax is set to have a massive impact on families who cannot safely allow a child with autism to share a bedroom with their siblings. Families are going to be penalised for having a child with a disability.
It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the disabled. Our current Government is morally bankrupt.
We need to be assured that Labour will not show the same lack or care and understanding towards the sick, needy and disabled