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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Monday, 16 January 2012

irishmists story #spartacusstories #spartacusreport

I'm probably one of the few who don't 'do' Twitter-yet!! So maybe OK for me to say a few words here about DLA? - My son claims DLA, it supports him in employment, and to have access to a life. He has many additional expenses,including his adapted vehicle and his wheelchair, repairs and insurance for example. He lives near a train station, but it is not fully accessible so he can't use it.In order to live independently, he had to buy a property, as he needed to make extensive changes (overhead hoist,widening of corridors etc) which would not have been possible in a rented property. The waiting list for local authority housing was YEARS, and he'd been offered a job in the locality.....My husband claims DLA, he has a progressive condition. We spend much time indoors,and we have extra heating costs because he feels the cold, not moving much. We bought an adapted vehicle ourselves, from savings, without which we would be lost. My husband has an electric wheelchair which doesn't work well outdoors, is quite unsafe. We have a mobility scooter which we bought ourselves secondhand, and that is how we 'walk'to the town centre, there is no bus, and only one wheelchair accessible taxi in this town. As my husband has turned 65, we are worried that we may lose money which enables us to have some mobility.
I am so angry!!! Months and months of worry about all of this, and being for the most part denied the 'oxygen' of publicity from the mainstream media, in order that the general public may know the truth of the situation, and the Human Rights disaster which is unfolding in our midst. You feel like you want to go out into the street, any street, and yell 'WAKE UP', tell everyone what is happening here. Then I remember that we must be dignified and just off now to write many emails to the Labour and Crossbench Peers before tomorrow dawns...

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