by Christina England
August 11, 2009
As the rise in Autism, ADHD and other serious disabilities reach an all time high in the UK, the UK Government, at whatever the cost to human suffering, has decided to cut all disability benefits currently being paid to disabled people and instead hand them to Social Services in a bid to save money.
This conveniently coincides with the mass H1N1 vaccination programme that is being prepared for every child under 16, all pregnant women, health workers and people with serious underlying health issues about to take place as soon as the vaccine arrives at the end of the month. Is the Government taking early precautions if their untested and inefficient flu vaccine should lead to serious adverse reactions one has to wonder?
About the Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance.
“Disability Living Allowance – sometimes referred to as DLA – is a tax-free benefit for children and adults who need help with personal care or have walking difficulties because they are physically or mentally disabled.
Who can get Disability Living Allowance?
You may get Disability Living Allowance if:
You have a physical or mental disability, or both
your disability is severe enough for you to need help caring for yourself or you have walking difficulties, or both
you are under 65 when you claim
If you are aged 65 or over, you may be able to get Attendance Allowance.
Attendance Allowance – introduction
You can get Disability Living Allowance whether or not you work.
It isn’t usually affected by any savings or income you may have.
Disability Living Allowance – eligibility
Special rules – if you are terminally ill
If you have a progressive disease and you are not expected to live for more than another six months there are special rules for claiming to make sure you get your benefit more quickly and easily.
You will not usually need a medical examination when you claim for Disability Living Allowance.”
Many disabled people in the UK rely on these benefits to pay for care, taxi’s and trips out and to make their lives just a little easier to bear. They are also a lifeline to many parents of disabled children.
So why are the Government so keen to abolish these benefits?