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We Simply Can't Afford To Pretend We Can Make Severely Disabled People Equal

A case in court this week challeges the government's decision to cut the Independent Living Fund which allows severely disabled people the 'dignity' of living alone, being cared for by two full time carers and with not of the social opportunities of residential care. Why do lefties want to keep it. Control Freakery maybe? Contact us:

We Simply Can't Afford To Pretend We Can Make Severely Disabled People Equal

Five disabled people are in court today, seeking an injunction that will enable them to take a to judicial review their case against the government's decision to scrap the independent living fund. Work and Pensions Minister Iain Duncan Smith's plans to cut the welfare budget are causing lefties to get their knickers in a right old twist (Zoe Williams whiles in The Guardian).

Normally I am very sympathetic to the needs of the disabled but we must weigh those needs against the needs of common sense and the wider community. And we must not be swayed by the whining of politically correct, emotionally crippled lefties who are not really interested in the needs of disabled and disadvantaged people but only in their own need to be seen as 'nice', good, caring folk.

Let's take a look at the situation: the idependent living fund is worth £320m a year, the fund is managed by the Department for Work and Pensions, and, the propaganda says, is there to make it possible for people with severe disabilities to live in the world, rather than in one room. About 18,000 people are on it; without it, they'd be reliant on the local authority care package. This is a distortion because they type of severely disabled people who are supported by the fund cannot live with any quality of life in the world. FFS, though able to walk (slowly, not far and in great discomfort) drive a car and being financially comfortable I cannot live a normal life.

There are many things disabled people cannot do. When I first became disabled many serious - faced people came to see me and talk about what I wanted to do if I could get 'the right help'. Their questions were irritatingly stupid and their answrs more so. "Remember, there's no such thing as normal," they'd say, "you can do anything anybody else can do, but you will do it from a wheelchair."

That was the most patronising, insulting thing anyone has said to be and it was being said by people whose smug assumptions of politically correct moral superiority led them to believe they were being 'caring and supportive.'

The system wrote me off when I replied that normal for me was riding a spirited house, sailing a speedboard in a force five or taking long country walks away from the official footpaths. I was branded uncooperative. So much for being able to do anything I wantede to, the truth was by conforming to a stereotype I could get help to do the things I was told I wanted to do.

Left to my own devices I have made a good recovery and by accepting my limitations and having an excellent carer in my wife I have found other satisfying ways to fill my time.

A case history that will be cited in the court today concerns Anne Pridmore, who has cerebral palsy, and will recall that the last time she was surviving on only what her local authority would provide, she had to have a hysterectomy because they wouldn't fund anyone to keep her clean. Another will escribe Mary Lavers, who has had rheumatoid arthritis for 25 years, her council's care package doesn't have enough visits in it for loo breaks, so she'd end up sitting on a wet incontinence pad for much of the day.

'Living In The World' you see means having full time one - on - one care for many people. And the common sense I mentioned in the headline comes in when we understand that what it costs to provide such care is far more than the nation can afford. And then of course there is the aspect of this nbeing more about the politically correct egos of do -gooders. When severely disabled people are given a flat or house they are not living in the world but are confined most of the time in that home being cared for by strangers.

Were I alone, so long as I had plenty of books and my computers I would survive, only needing a cleaner to come in. I don't need constant company. The quality of my diet and of my life would deteriorate. Eventually I would accept that I residential care would be better for me and more cost effective for the taxpayer. And with medical science advancing more quickly in terms of prolonging life than it can in prolonging our healthy lifespan, and with the alzheimers time bomb starting to kick in, if we give in to the demands of the Socialist Utopia idealists our already insupportable debt will crush the nation's economy. The able bodied will be required to work for nothing in order to provide for people with extra needs.

The independent living fund is intended for the benefit of disabled people, not guilt addicted lefties who need to be seen to care. Curently it helps 19,000 people at a cost of £320 million. Of the 7 million people with disabilities it is estimated one million could qualify for help from the fund. Do the arithmetic. Lefties of course have never understood the difference between real money and monopoly money.

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