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The cruellest cuts
8:44am Thursday 17th May 2012 in Letters
THE idea of 500,000 claimants losing their Disability Living Allowances (DLA) under Iain Duncan-Smith’s new austerity measures beggars belief.
Are there any depths to which this present Government will not sink in clawing back a few bob?
The new measures called Personal Independence Pay (PIP) is nothing short of Dickensian. People without limbs or confined to wheelchairs are not exempt from its Scrooge-like restrictions.
As we have seen with other welfare cost-cutting exercises, the object is to cruelly cut benefits regardless of the unfairness, suffering or degradation caused. Is this now the fate awaiting our brave, wartorn soldiers returning to an ungrateful Britain?
All the disabled want anyway is a “hand-up”, not a “hand-out”, but when unemployment has reached record levels under this present shambolic regime, a little mercy, a little compassion, is a small thing to ask for?
In a cave once inhabited by Neanderthals there is a grave of one of their disabled which had been adorned with flowers and lovingly cared for by the inhabitants. Their compassion reflects how low our own civilised order has sunk.
Phil Shepherdson, Chantry Close, Woodthorpe, York.