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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Cutting support for independence or promoting equality? That is the question

Cutting support for Independent Living? Or Investing in the Promotion of Equality? That is the question

A blog post by Swheatie of the KUWG

Kate Belgrave writes:

Disabled and without a carer for the night? Go to #Asda! #SaveILF #jobcentre #jsa

Posted on June 17, 2014
This one goes out to every prat MP and commentator who says we must keep hacking away at social security until there is nothing left to cut. I like to think this story will remind those people about some of the crap that disabled people have to put up with as they take the brunt of cuts:
Clearly, Labour's Chris Leslie MP and commentator Andrew Rawnsley are 'on a different planet' from severely disabled jobseeker and Brent Council social care recipient Angela Smith. There are alternatives to social security cuts. See what Revd Paul Nicolson of Taxpayers Against Poverty has written about a too- little known passage regarding 'insufficient funds' as an excuse for not promoting equality for a start. That passage is in Revd Dr Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech'.

Building on the legacy of Martin Luther King – TAP e-petition published in The Mirror and The Guardian

 And consider what can be done when assessments of disabled people's requirements are regarded as pathways toward promoting their/our contribution to society, rather than a means of cutting the number of benefit recipients. That would be a great start, I believe.

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