It should be about facts not feelings


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It is clear to me that the majority of the articles by the disablist liberal media on the changes to the welfare state talk about how people feel rather than based on any clear facts. The simple reason for this is the facts will prove not live up to the disastrous predictions they are hopeful for in their ideologically attack on the government.

 

It is very easy to lead any disabled person to feel and therefore believe they will lose their benefit, assuming of course they are really disabled and have not been fooled into believing that also. This however has nothing to do with the fact that most disabled people will not lose their DLA/PIP. The people who will their DLA are likely to include people who are alcohol or drug dependent who have been abandoned by the NHS and while qualify as being disabled, may not reflect what the intention of the benefits were designed for.

 

We can not predict the future and it is deeply offensive for the nasty anti-cut movement, the same people who are disgustingly celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher, to boil down the quality of my life to whether I am written off by being given DLA to disappear. We need facts not feelings but feelings are the only weapon people abusing disabled people have. 

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2 thoughts on “It should be about facts not feelings

  1. I never, ever post articles which are not fact-based, Simon, because to do so would be grossly irresponsible. DWP projections show that hundreds of thousands of people will lose out under PIP, either by failing to qualify at all or by having their benefit decreased. I have seen no statistics that suggest that all these people are either not disabled or have addiction problems (not that I would want to say that everyone whose difficulty arises from addiction should lose their benefit).

    If you have statistics that show that no genuinely disabled person will lose out under DLA reform, I would be very interested to see them. However, the reality is that people's needs don't change just because criteria are tightened.

    I am aware there is scaremongering around, but when I see someone worrying that they might lose their benefit and it seems they're misinterpreting the new criteria, I make a point of pointing that out if I can. I don't want people worrying unnecessarily.

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  2. I never, ever post articles which are not fact-based, Simon, because to do so would be grossly irresponsible. DWP projections show that hundreds of thousands of people will lose out under PIP, either by failing to qualify at all or by having their benefit decreased. I have seen no statistics that suggest that all these people are either not disabled or have addiction problems (not that I would want to say that everyone whose difficulty arises from addiction should lose their benefit).

    If you have statistics that show that no genuinely disabled person will lose out under DLA reform, I would be very interested to see them. However, the reality is that people's needs don't change just because criteria are tightened.

    I am aware there is scaremongering around, but when I see someone worrying that they might lose their benefit and it seems they're misinterpreting the new criteria, I make a point of pointing that out if I can. I don't want people worrying unnecessarily.

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