“MS can be painful and exhausting, it shouldn’t be made harder by a welfare system that doesn’t make sense.”
'You feel that whatever you say may be taken out of context,' says former Paralympian.
The system needs a complete overhaul
The ball’s in your court, Department for Work and Pensions
I feel like I’ve lost my dignity through this process
'Enough is enough.'
We live in a society where disability is still seen more frequently as a plot devise rather than simply part of the human condition (see autumn's new TV schedules with amputee Cormoran Strike in JK Rowling's Strike and acid-burned Gabriel Markham in Rellik). Where disability is most frequently acted rather than authentic (the above played by Tom Burke and Richard Dormer respectively, both non-disabled actors).
The government claimed that PIP would be a fairer benefit which would help more disabled people and assist in the fight against fraud. From the outset however, disabled people raised their voices in concern, and ever since there has been a growing clamour of stories from people who have been failed by the new PIP assessment process... No matter how you spin the latest statistics, for those who the Personal Independence Payment was designed to help it's been a nightmare. Isn't it time that the voices of disabled people were listened to, and this failed benefit change was over turned?
No main political party has yet committed to no further cuts for disability benefits. This election presents an opportunity to provide reassurance and security to people with MS and other disabled people - many of whom are really struggling.
I now am gripped by a fear that a benefit that ensures I can work, as it funds my car through the Motability scheme, may be taken away from me. With the horror stories of people with obvious impairments that equally make walking impossible losing their PIP funding it is a real possibility. Of course looking on the bright side, with my medical records having so many mistakes in them, I'm damn lucky I'm here at all!