Statement on post-sanction support

I have shown by support for benefit sanctions because I believe people must take responsibility for their actions. I have been deeply concerned at the level of bigotry towards people with learning difficulties or mental health issues by those who oppose sanctions for their own ideological reasons. By suggesting someone is incapable to be sanctioned is suggesting … Continue reading Statement on post-sanction support

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Do Family Carers Really Save the Government Money?

Over the last few years, the carer's movement has focused their key message on the fact that carers save the government money with Carers UK 'estimating' that 6.5 million carers save the government £87bn a year! While it can be argue family members do provide support that could be provided by paid care workers, especially … Continue reading Do Family Carers Really Save the Government Money?

Is the Opposition to Sanctions Used to Justify Bigotry?

The current opposition to the welfare reforms appears to be focused upon Benefit Sanctions. I think it is firstly important to note that I do not know enough about benefit sanctions to understand if they are working or not, and I would suggest if people were honest, most people are in the same boat. We … Continue reading Is the Opposition to Sanctions Used to Justify Bigotry?

Public Warning: Poor Customer Service of Disabled Access Holiday

In January I went with my best friend, Patrick Bates, on a Caribbean cruise departing from Florida. The cruise was amazing, although we had a few hiccups, primarily with the hoist Patrick thought had been booked for the first night in a hotel.We had booked the Cruise with 'Disabled Access Holidays' and while they managed to … Continue reading Public Warning: Poor Customer Service of Disabled Access Holiday

Society Must Empower Disabled People to Take Risks

I believe there is one important but unwritten human right that is often overlooked in relation to disabled people, and that is the right to take risks. For me, taking risks is simply about making choices and taking the consequences that go with these choices. It is only by making choices that be can make … Continue reading Society Must Empower Disabled People to Take Risks

I Do Not Want a Special Service Just Because I Am ‘Disabled’

I think the first thing I should explain is what I mean by a special service. I am absolutely not talking about the specific and unique services people may need to manage their impairment or other needs, like physiotherapy or counselling, since these services are designed for a specific need rather than for a specific … Continue reading I Do Not Want a Special Service Just Because I Am ‘Disabled’