Spartacus Stories

Here is a collection of Stories written by many different disabled people about the impact that DLA has on their lives. It also includes stories of fear about the proposed changes to personal independence payment.

Admin: benefitscroungingscum, Lucia and Lucy
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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

The Cage, A Metaphor #spartacusstories #spartacusreport

Imagine living with 3 parts of a cage around you. The 4th wall of the cage is being held open by DLA money.
Thinking about the proposed cuts and restrictions the government are discussing this is the image I came up with, lying in bed late at night as you do.
How does DLA hold that cage door open?
Well it provides a CONTRIBUTION to the costs that disability incurs. Whether this is heating, electricity, mobility aids, vehicle adaptations, extra petrol, an (adhoc) assistant.
These allow the person with a disability to interact with the(ir) world and the world to interact with them.
Cut the DLA or change the way it is paid and the risk is to imprison us or to risk that cage door being a marionette puppet, hovering precariously. Living with uncertainty is something we all have to do, but that degree of uncertainty (eg the postcode lottery that exists for direct payments/wheelchair vouchers) can only be detrimental to mental health, the person’s extended family and for those considering the purse strings, THE ECONOMY.

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