The Hardest Hit
On May 11th I’ll be travelling to London to join thousands of disabled people marching past the Houses of Parliament to express solidarity and anger at the cuts threatening our benefits. We will make sure our voices are heard and MP’s and Peers understand our message.
I feel so passionate that these cuts should not be instigated; after the march I will be one of many challenging our respective MP’s to vote against these cuts.
We want to know why the government are planning to take the mobility component away from disabled people living in residential care. It seems that MPs wrongly assume that people living in residential care do not need the mobility component. I’ve been speaking to friends & colleagues who use Leonard Cheshire Disability residential services, on whom this will have a massive impact; they will become virtual prisoners trapped in their rooms if they lose this allowance. This money is essential to pay transport costs to enable them to be able to get out visiting friends and family using a taxi or a mobility vehicle
We do not lead extravagant life styles; the mobility component of the DLA enables us to pay for repairs & batteries for our wheelchairs and scooters to give us a degree of independence and so improve our quality of life. Without this independence the choices that are the automatic right of an able bodied person will be denied to people living with a disability.