Why cant you fucking leave us alone Mr Cameron

OK firstly I’d like to say Thank You to the readers and followers of my blog you all mean so much to me as this blog is a means of escape from the dreadful times many many of us are living under and I fill the pressure of how you all feel on a daily basis which gets harder as each day passess but I carry on fighting in the hope one day our lives will get better and we can all raise a glass to Camerons passing and look forward in the hope the next government will treat us all as equals. I have had the pleassure to meet many citizens both in my time on social networks and in direct action so Thank You all you give me the will not to give up and throw in the towel.

Now I am going to lay bare here the effects this Government is having on me and my family members who live with me, I do not want sympathy as I have no doubts at all that what I say is duplicated across the nation and indeed I am just one small pawn of a much bigger picture.

Everything I say here is my words and is fact in truth as unlike Camerons Government I do not lie and have principals, compassion and empathy to my fellow citizens. I am the sory of guy who if I had a pound in my pocket and saw someone with greater need than myself I would gladly give it away that is how I was brought up.

I live in a 4 bedroomed property in Havant that was once the biggest council housing estate in Europe but now many have been brought privately including mine I brought this house back in 1986 just after getting married because at the time my wife and her mum were living here alone with 2 spare bedrooms and thus the council were trying to move them on but her mum who had just lost her husband did not want to move so I said OK we will jointly but it using your 60% discount and you can carry on living here rent free as I will pay the mortgage.

So this is what we did and I paid £13,560 for it not knowing what the future would hold and had I have known what I do now with the limited housing stock I probably would not have brought it, I was told that the money raised from house sales would be reinvested in new housing to meet the needs in the future clearly that has not happened.

During my time as a homeowner I have never claimed mortgage interest support despite having periods of unemployment and now disabled why? because unlike many of our wonderful MP’s I have morals and thus doing that goes against my ethos to buy this house was our decision not the taxpayers and thus the thought of me paying for it ourselves appeals a lot and can hold my head high that we alone brought and paid for it.

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This house I brought was in much need of refurbisment as it lacked a decent kitchen, bathroom had no central heating or double glazing so I mortgaged for £50,000 to get all this much needed repairs done and decorated throughout.

I am lucky in that we are not in negative equity like many are but we are now at a situation that we could not sustain any mortgage increases so if the interest rate goes up we are buggered due to the cuts we are having to take indeed this government has left us no room to move.

My wife bless her she deserves a medel not only does she care for me due to SAH Stroke she cares for her now elderly mum plus works part-time at the local co-op she works her cotton socks off and is shattered at the end of the day. Our mum needs a lot of care and I take care of her driving needs when she needs to see the GP, visit hospital or needs prescriptions collected and keep check on her in the evenings but most of her care is needed during the day when my wife is home.

My wife thinks of nothing else but the care of us and the DWP simply do not understand how could they unless they have lived it.

My wife had the shock of her life a while ago when she had a bill from the DWP to repay over 16k of carers allowance this is going back over 10years as they said she went over her hours that she was permitted to work, as payslips were not available this was worked out on NI credits, how excuse me but why did you leave it so long 10 bloody years and furthermore my wife has always had a lot on her mind and checking if she was going over her hours was the last thing on her mind rightly she thought what she was doing was more important.

If we put our mum in residencial care it would have cost the state at least 30k a year and they are making her pay this back all for going over a maximum of a couple of quid a week DWP really you are the scum of this earth.

The Earnings limit has long known to be a farce and goes against Camerons ideal and policies as much as my wife would love to do extra hours she cant due to your crazy policies, My wife got a bonus this year as she does every year in recognition of her hard work but do you know they even stopped her carers allowance because of this, that is akin to giving her a punch in the gob for her efforts blimey no wonder the nation is in the mess it is.

We will never give our mum over to residencial care because we take pride in looking after her and see it as our duty and where she will be best looked after.

We have two sons both still live her, one has just left music collage and is embarking on his career in music he has his own band her https://twitter.com/cagedspectrum

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My other son lives in one room with his girlfriend and there 10 month old son, yes I am proud to be a granddad and get to see him loads although it will be nice when they can get there own place as this house is now getting a bit overcrowded but for the moment I am loving it as we are close and live as a family unit of 4 generations. My older son he did 3 years in college doing computer studies and then was doing a fake Apprenticeship which was nothing of the sort and learnt nothing useful so is now a self employed computer technician.

As for me I worked for 15 years post SAH Stroke until September 2007 but was then made redundant due to the global financial crash my employer could not get anymore loans to upgrade his truck stock so was forced to close I tried real hard to get another job but no one wanted a 47 yr old Stroke Survivor one emplyer even told me this to my face do I blame him no of course not I would think the same if I was in his shoes after all he had the pick of the best able bodied people.

We are stuggling to maintain our heads above water due to the ever increasing price rises, funny old austerity as it does not affect retail or the services they carry on thinking we have a bottomless pit of money, when I left work in 2007 I was hounded by my creditors for the few debts I had and then the DCA’s who are the scum of this earth and made my life living hell with the endless phone calls and letters it was a time when I came close to ending it but I was helped by a very good debt help forum and I got my life back on track with there help and support, that forum I owe a lot too it can be found here:

http://forums.all-about-debt.co.uk/index.php

When I had my SAH Stroke and the period I was working I never claimed a penny in disability benefits this was because I thought there was someone more in need than me after all I was working and wrongly thought when the need came the government would look after me how wrong was I because now I do have a need I find myself fighting tooth and nail for every bit of entitlement but hell my Stroke did not take away my fighting spirit so bring it on Mr Cameron if you think you are big enough because I am not one for giving up and your draconian policies has made me more aware.

NO LONGER SHALL I BE BAILING OUT THIS COALITION

One family man’s truthful story on how these Governmental policies and cuts are affecting his family.

Mr Cameron,

Since May 2010 when your coalition party came to office I have sat here and took great interest in how your coalition governments policies would have a devastating effect on our nations citizens indeed I have blogged and tweeted much about it and tried to do what I can to help my fellow citizens after all it was you that said “BIG SOCIETY” in a keynote speech.

big broken societyWe are helping people to come together to improve their own lives.The Big Society is about putting more power in people’s hands – a massive transfer of power from Whitehall to local communities. We want to see people encouraged and enabled to play a more active role in society.

I think it is safe to say and many would agree, rather than bringing citizens together you are literally driving them away with your defunct bedroom tax policies and if not driving them away you are killing them. Do you call cutting surestart centres and many other great community facilities a part of the great Big Society plan? because I certainly don’t because surestart centres are not just a place of caring for children they are also a place where parents talk and get to know each other and thus are community building.

I am not subject to bedroom tax because I own my own home via a mortgage, however that does not mean I am excluded from your draconian cuts far from it and if the truth is known I now feel a bit guilty for owning my own home why? because I was one that brought a council house under the Thatcher years and believed that the money would be invested in new council housing which it was not even now that is not happening how it should be.

However come October when my Contribution ESA runs out I may have to sell up due to not being able to meet the payments any longer you see I have morality and never claimed mortgage interest relief like many of you MP’s have because I am off the opinion right or wrong that it was my choice to buy it and thus see no reason why the Government should help in paying for it and when it is paid for I can feel safe in the knowledge that it is truly mine.

Never in my time have I seen a political party that is so out of touch with reality and has no morality, indeed right now I am very disillusioned and scared of what the future holds for me and my family because gone are the time when a family could plan ahead into the future and be safe in the knowledge that they were respected at work and could have a long and fruitful career.

I live in my 4 bedroomed home with 6 others and it is overcrowded with my eldest son his partner and their 8 month old son in one room, our elderly mum in another room my youngest son in another plus me and my wife in the other that is four generations in one house but don’t get me wrong because I love it but it should not be that way because my eldest son his partner and baby should be in there own property but cannot afford too because the council will not house them as they are under 25 yrs old and private rents are sky high so they have to live here until the council is prepared to house them.

Our mother is ill and disabled she lives here in a room that is too small for her indeed her doctor and health visitor has told her this but she cannot move back into the bigger room she had because my son partner and baby are in there.

She does not want to go into a care home because she loves being with us and after all all her memories are here in this house she once shared with her husband indeed this is the reality you MP’s do not see or understand.

We would not move her out anyway because we love her and it is our duty to look after her until her dying days so clap your hands Mr Cameron because yet again you have saved a fortune in care home fees and not only that the pittance of carers allowance my wife got for all these years you want back yes my wife is being threatened by you bully boys to pay back over 10 years worth of carers allowance coming to over 16k , my you must be a proud man without an ounce of morality I may add.

I should be right now having a rest due to fatigued caused by my SAH Stroke to give my overworked brain a rest but the fact is I cannot because I have so much I want to say, that is an impossible task.

So not only has my wife cared for her mother she has also cared for me, due to having a life threatening SAH Stroke at just 27 years old through no fault of my own and had to have a deep invasive craniotomy followed by 2 months of induced coma, my surgeon gave me the choice of have the operation or die can you imagine that Mr Cameron blimey what a choice to be given and if I knew then what I know now I would probably have given up.

However I did not and am testament to the good life that can be had following an SAH Stroke  but boy you and your Government have not made it any easier in your time in office because between April 1990 and September 2008 I never claimed a penny in government help and went back to work full time, yes I know I was entitled to DLA but again I had morals and rightly or wrongly thought there was citizens more in need of it than me besides I was working on a good wage at the time so could live without it however that changed when I was made redundant in 2008 due to the financial meltdown.

Do you remember saying ” No one should claim benefits unless they had a real need” well that was me long before you said that comment and thus thought when the time came the government would look after me, after all I have bailed the government out all these years and saved them thousands of pounds how wrong was I indeed they have not an ounce of decency or morality and is where this government is so fucked up.

Mr Cameron I am really tired of your party politics which serves no useful purpose at all, you constantly blame The Labour Party for all the ills in government and yes whilst they may not be perfect tell me a party that is in the 21st century, but at least they did more to raise the living standards of many and thus bring them out of poverty than your coalition will ever do and that Mr Cameron is worth it at any cost and should be praised.

You said after the local elections that your party had to do more to win back the vote of the electorate due to losing many seats well you can start by bringing back some dignity to peoples lives by scraping the bedroom tax, stop treating the ill and disabled with such disdain and scrap the ATOS Contract in totality because it is an absolute disgrace.

Capitalism is a fine thing when it is working right with the right balance after all that is what brings a vibrant society and growth that this country so desperately needs but that fact it is not working in the right balance and citizens are suffering gravely.

It is time to weigh up other nations policy and ask ourselves is it good for us not go ahead and follow them knowing full well it will never work for us. We should be using other nations policy as a yardstick for us only and research it more, look at the NHS a prime example that appears to be following the american model to prop up the insurance industry, it is not working there as many are excluded from healthcare due to not being able to afford the insurance cost so what makes you think it will work here? because it will put more profits in the hands of MP’s with an interest in the healthcare market?

There are many many more examples of where our government is going wrong but I would need a bundle of A4 to write it all, but you can see where you have got it all wrong and thus will need more than the 2 years you have left in office to put it all right.

You have created a society of doom and gloom and no hope and thus will never create any sizable growth as that takes more than money alone, it takes citizens of all walks of life as well and all you have done is demonize them and lost their trust.

So Mr Cameron it is goodbye from me and goodbye from him because I have done enough to bail you out of this mess you have caused.

 

“IT IS SO, SO WRONG”

By ADAM FORREST @ The Big Issue

The tsunami of benefit cuts will hit the most vulnerable in our society… leaving thousands facing homelessness

Hardest HitNo one attending the bedroom tax protests last weekend could have failed to notice how many wheelchair users were out waving placards and voicing their anger. Two-thirds of the 660,000 social housing tenants hit by the bedroom tax, remember, are disabled.

It was also impossible to forget the freezing cold weather on the day of nationwide protest. People who often struggle to leave the house were forced to scream and shout in the snow to fight off poverty. Desperate times indeed.

In Manchester, Tria Hall joined neighbours from the West Gorton estate to speak at a rally in the city centre. The 27-year-old suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a tissue disorder that has left her requiring a wheelchair.

Cuts to local care budgets have restricted her to 10 hours of home help a week. She now has to pay £12 extra each month in bedroom tax and also faces an £8 reduction in council tax benefit.

“It’s the cumulative effect of these things that’s scary because it’s difficult to see how I can reduce what I spend any further,” she tells The Big Issue. “I have my boiler on low as much as I can and I use duvets and hot water bottles just to keep warm on cold days.

“I was originally moved to my house because the council thought it was a suitable place for a disabled person,” Hall explains. “If they tried to downsize all of us and move us out there’s just nowhere in this area of Manchester to go.

“There just aren’t one-bedroom places available. It would cost more to move me and do all the adaptation to another house I need than it would to leave me be and waive this.”

Government ministers vainly refer to “the removal of the spare-room subsidy” but the ubiquity of the term ‘bedroom tax’ – and its echoes of other strange, arbitrary measures such as the poll tax and window tax – suggests they have lost the argument.

People understand it’s about clawing back money. Since housing tenants with spare rooms are to be docked an average of £14 per week in housing benefit, the government estimates it will save £490m a year.

What happens to disabled people who simply can’t meet the shortfall? The government has earmarked £25m a year in discretionary housing payments (essentially an emergency fund) for disabled people living in adapted homes, and a further £5m for foster carers.

Yet dividing the £25m fund among the 440,000 disabled people losing out leaves little over £1 a week for each person. “The [DHP] budget is just not big enough,” says Duncan Shrubsole, director of policy at homeless charity Crisis. “It’s not a long-term solution for very many people, and the government is being disingenuous in claiming it is.”

The bedroom tax means the very real prospect of people losing their homes. Deb Elthalion, a 48-year-old mum from London’s West Norwood district, was out campaigning in Trafalgar Square last weekend. One of her three daughters has Down’s syndrome and autism.

As a result of the bedroom tax, Deb has been told to pay the shortfall of just over £80 a month or move somewhere with one bedroom fewer, forcing her 15-year-old disabled daughter to share a room with one of her other children.

“If we stay where we are that amount of money is really going to hurt us, and at the moment I’m not really sure how we’ll manage,” says Deb. “I see the Prime Minister on the telly saying these changes won’t affect disabled people. Well, sorry, we are a disabled family and we just can’t afford this.

“It’s so, so wrong. I’m fighting to keep our home now, a place we love, a place where I gave birth to one of my daughters. I think everyone deserves a home.”

Some disabled people are being hit by as many as six cuts to their income at once. April’s multiple whammy includes a 10 per cent cut to council tax benefit, and 500,000 fewer disabled people eligible for mobility payments as disability living allowance (DLA) is replaced with the new personal independence payment (PIP).

But most significant of all is likely to be the overall benefit cap – imposed at £500 per week, or £350 for single people – introduced by selected councils next week and rolled out nationally later in the year (56,000 households will be hit, with an average weekly loss of £93).

What will councils and housing associations do when their poorest tenants’ money dries up? Could people with very obvious physical disabilities really face eviction and be made homeless? Could Iain Duncan Smith’s attempt to cut welfare spending push a whole new wave of people on to the streets?

“There will be disabled people living in adapted properties who won’t be able to afford to pay the rent,” says Crisis’ Duncan Shrubsole. “Councils and housing associations may be able to forbear for a while but they can’t afford to do it indefinitely, so will have to look to evict people. Unless people can then find somewhere in the private rented sector on reduced LHA and benefits, there will literally be nowhere for them to go.

“They’ll be at the council declaring themselves homeless, which will then cost even more for the council. If they are statutory homeless, councils will have to provide temporary accommodation in B&Bs, or lease from a private landlord, or put people up in old people’s homes.”

Helen Fisher, financial capability trainer at Liverpool Central Citizens Advice Bureau, says many of her clients can’t see how they’re going to get through the year in their current home. “Whether you’re disabled or not, if you can’t pay the rent, ultimately you’re going to get evicted,” she says.

“And if disabled people are presenting as homeless, councils may have to put them in residential care to be looked after, which then costs a fortune. It doesn’t make any sense. We’re supposed to be helping people live independent lives and work where they can. But they’re actually making people more helpless than they already are.”

Some people argue the country simply can’t afford to be as benefit generous as it used to be. Yet Iain Duncan Smith continues to make his case in terms of fairness, insisting the bedroom tax and other measures affecting the poor and disabled are about more than cutting back welfare spending, and are all part of establishing a principle “that a life on benefits must not be more attractive than working”.

Knowing the enormous practical difficulties it will cause, many councils have declared their opposition, and a handful have even declared they won’t evict tenants who fall into arrears as a result of the bedroom tax.

If you scratch beneath the surface of this rhetoric, however, the reality is much less encouraging. For a lot of people, the bedroom tax will be just one financial woe among many leading to rent arrears. How will local authorities or housing associations identify tenants in penury solely as a result of the bedroom tax?

Dundee City Council, for example, was among the first local authorities in Scotland to heed the SNP’s call for council bosses to assure tenants they would not be evicted. Yet Dundee’s housing convener was then forced to admit “cover against eviction disappears” if a tenant in arrears declines alternative accommodation.

In Nottingham, the Labour council has decided its high-rise flats, even those with two bedrooms, will be classified as one-bedroom in preparation for the bedroom tax. Many councils and housing associations may try their best to adapt and assist as far as they are able but they are helpless to avoid the misery ensuing when people go flat broke.

Joe Halewood, a housing consultant who works with social landlords and has campaigned against many of the government’s cuts, says it’s “nonsense” for councils to claim they won’t evict. He believes that judicial appeals will prevent too many social housing evictions for at least a year but the overall benefit cap will soon lead to huge numbers being turfed out by private landlords.

“There will be mass evictions as a result of the overall benefit cap – it will cause homelessness,” Halewood says. “I reckon it could end up adding 100,000 people to homelessness figures. And where do they all go when they show up at the council? Into B&Bs? Will big families be spilt up? The housing just isn’t there for them.

“The whole thing is going to cause pandemonium in the housing system. It’s going to cause meltdown, and the best thing for the government to do is rethink this and get rid of these measures.”

Back in 2010, when the government outlined some of the ways it would cut support for some of the most vulnerable, satirist Armando Iannucci remarked: “It’s about time [the] bedbound… were taken down a peg or two.”

It appears we’re about to find out what happens when you take away the last rungs of the ladder.

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An open letter to Government

To whom it may concern,

I would like to write a unique account of how these cuts are affecting me and my family both in health and day to day living, because what this Government are doing is so wrong and are no more than a bunch of arrogant and uncaring posh boys that will do great harm to this nation if they are not stopped indeed the writing is already on the wall.

I watched the chancellor’s autumn statement and was horrified at what I was watching because they seem hell bent of swinging that wrecking ball all in the name of capitalism and the square mile that is the so called city, does humanity, compassion and understanding count for nothing anymore? Because they seem to have an “I’m alright jack” attitude that will do nothing to repair the damage left behind by the banking and financial sector and create growth that this nation is crying out for. Not a week goes by without still reading the damage done by our banking industry from Money laundering to libor rate fixing these are very serious issues and what happens? They get away with a fine that the citizens will end up paying for over the long term these are like I say very serious issues that the banks must be held account for and punished and not given a slap on the wrist.

The low paid, disabled, unemployed, elderly and single mothers are the ones paying for the mistakes, grave errors and no doubt criminality of the financial industry this is quite simply not fair at all.

Growth is what is needed and to create growth you need citizens from all walks of life spending as it is that alone that increases manufacturing and building, this is why this Governments policies will not work because the more citizens spend the more revenue in taxes is brought in to pay down the deficit, why is Osborne not listening?

The Welfare System is a very important part of our nation’s fabric and it should be added that welfare claimants are also tax payers indeed everyone is as there is no escaping from it because they will also be paying via vat, fuel duty, insurance premium tax and many others taxes imposed on its citizens indeed so much of what is paid in welfare benefits the Government claws back via taxation whether that be via stealth or any other method.

I am one of a few who choose not to believe what is written in the press as most if not all does not give the real facts and thus is written to confuse and deceive instead I use press articles as a medium to do my own research as that gives a more balanced view and a conclusion nearer to the truth.

As I said above I am disabled and thus under the cosh of this Government is that fair? Hell no as my text below will explain.

At the age of just 27 my life nearly ended so much so that my heart stopped beating on the operating table this my wife tells me, I had a subarachnoid hemorrhage of the middle cerebral artery that needed a 12 hr operation to carry out a deep invasive craniotomy so that the aneurysm could be clipped. I was then put under induced coma for 2 months to limit brain activity and help reduced the swelling of my brain due to the trauma caused.

This operation caused a stroke of which I was warned could happen by the surgeon but it was either that or die, so no choice really and thus gave consent for the operation, from this point my life changed completely as I was a wheelchair user at just 27 years old, however I was not one for giving up and chose the hard route back to relative fitness.

I am now 49 years old and have dumped the wheelchair but walking is still limited due to right sided spasticity indeed I will never regain 100% fitness and health, I have come to accept that although the DWP and ATOS think I will be fit enough to return to work in 11 months. My mind boggles how that will be possible.

You see I did return to full time employment for 17 yrs post stroke doing various manual labour jobs until the spasticity pain and joint degeneration got too much to bare any longer so on getting made redundant from my last job in 2007 I decided to take 6 months out to recover and seek more physiotherapy of my hand and drop foot in the hope I could continue with the job search because I am far from being a scrounger perceived by Government, I am old school and value the ethos of a working life as it was taught to me from a very early age from my late dad who was a serving Royal Marine from 42 Commando.

After this period of employment inactivity due to having a well earned break and having more physiotherapy I decided to look for more work as by this time I was getting bored at home and was far from being a lazy scrounger as this Government likes to call us however it was during the time of the banking crash and mass redundancies so jobs were few and far between but still refusing to give up until one employer committed discrimination and refused to interview me sighting that their was no way he could employ me with the disabilities I had and given that their was 16 able bodied citizens also in the queue for interview.

I so wish I could have brought him to tribunal however the is no employment law for interviewees so just had to suck it and move on, this employer said I would be better off on disability benefits if only he knew now how hard they are to get and keep if you do not tow the Governments line of mandatory work fare that now applies to all disabled citizens whether they can work or not.

So on the bus home in deep thought as to my next move I thought maybe he is right, why am I putting myself through this, after all I had been working for the last 17yrs full time often doing many hours overtime so maybe he is right and I should claim the benefits I have never claimed before but had entitlement too having paid my tax and national insurance all these past years since I returned to work and the years before the SAH Stroke.

Maybe then I could devote my time to caring for my elderly mother in law with my wife and doing some hours voluntary for the stroke association and/or league of friends as that would be working with citizens who care and understand the rock and a hard place I find myself in.

So that was my plan going forward which I am sure you will agree is honourable and worthy so I went back to my GP to explain this in the hope he would sign me off so I could claim Incapacity Benefit, this he did and I found my simple life being fulfilled and away from the dogma that the private sector is becoming in their pursuit for fat profits.

I never wanted to be rich just earning enough to pay my way and be the good British citizen is all I ever wanted and that still holds true as I find humanity, compassion and understanding greater than the power of money which I see as the beholder of war.

I am grateful of the SAH Stroke that struck me down in a matter of minutes why? Because it has made me the person I am today and I feel that is a better person than the one before however please tell me why I feel the need to watch prime ministers question time because all I see is a load of spoilt brats who feel the need to slander the opposite party, make derogatory remarks and belittle the British citizen indeed some of the quotes which I will not repeat here are simply disgusting and thus parliamentary standards have never been so low. Oh how this Government make their citizens out to be so bad which they pass to the press and media all in their pursuit to swell there bank balances never has the gap between the haves and the have not’s been so great they must be so proud of themselves oh to be an MP.

I have never claimed any disability benefits until October 2008 and never claimed any mortgage interest help because buying my home was my decision and thus fail to see why I should get help with that indeed I want to pay my mortgage by me and me alone as the feeling of ownership once paid will be greater, sadly I cannot say the same for our Government who think it is a god given right to have there mortgage interest paid on second homes the disparity between MP’s and its citizens is truly shocking indeed.

David Cameron once said that this Government would be transparent is that a true reflection I ask myself, well it depends in what context he uses the word transparent because in some ways yes he is because I and many others can see right through him and what his aims are like a sheet of glass on the shard building.

I now have a health condition called Keratinizing Squamous Metaplasia of the bladder as if the SAH Stroke was not enough to deal with it is a condition that not enough is known about but suffice to say it can lead to a carcinoma if not regularly kept in check via cystoscopy of the bladder.

I had to move GP because of a misdiagnosis and a failure to carry out a simple swab test that takes seconds to do and had he had done so the white blood cells in urine would have been spotted 2 years ago and possibly saved my bladder which now may have to be removed, I have another biopsy this Friday 14th December but as I have seen the cystoscopy images I know the prospect is not good a fine Christmas present indeed.

Have you ever had incontinence? It is not good having to have a radar key and having to plan everywhere I go to ensure toilets are available.

So again I find myself having to fight the DWP and ATOS to get the benefits I am entitled to, am I not disabled enough, over the years I have saved this wonderful government of ours thousands of pounds by not claiming benefit until their was a real need as I had an entitlement to Disability Living Allowance since April 1990 but did not claim this until October 2008 and never claimed support for mortgage interest.

We also care for our mum at home and would never dream of putting her in care so have saved this wonderful Government thousands of pounds their too and not forgetting the under payments since my claim due to them being wrong.

Do I really deserve the shocking treatment being given to me? Do I really deserve more cuts that will be imposed on us come April 2013? I truly believe not but then who am I to say as I am just a British citizen and no more than cannon fodder to be trampled on.

I live in hope that our wonderful Government sees the light and changes its ways before my life comes to an end and that I can then live out my life in peace without the constant worry of just what will this Government do next.

Finally I will apologise if this letter is blunt in places, however it is no more that is dished out by our government often on a day by day basis.

I look forward to hearing from you

Press Release: Open Letter in Response to Media Portrayal of Disabled Persons & Disability Benefit Claimants

Press Release: Open Letter in Response to Media Portrayal of Disabled Persons & Disability Benefit Claimants

By Social Welfare Union

** This Open Letter Has Now Been Formally Released To The Press And Media **

Dear Sir/Madam,

We the undersigned are deeply angered and concerned with the way sick and disabled people are being portrayed by the press and wider media as well as the distinct lack of fair and accurate reporting in relation to disability benefits.

The use of defamatory language is being used in a totally irresponsible and callous manner by a steadily increasing number of newspapers and other media providers.

We believe that the press and the wider media are blatantly using this language as a means of labelling all disabled benefit claimants as ‘cheats’ and ‘scroungers’, yet most are genuine sick and disabled people who are in many instances unable to work and are asking for only the very basic levels of support.

Such support is in no way over generous as some newspapers are claiming with administrative error and miscalculations at 0.5%. In fact disability benefits like Disability Living Allowance have some of the lowest levels of fraud of all forms of social security benefits and it is estimated that billions remain unclaimed in benefits every year. A significant fact that news provider’s and even the coalition government are neglecting to inform the public.

We also believe that whilst many claimants are now being found fit for work through the use of new assessment processes, most often the press and wider media are shirking in their responsibility to report from both sides and about the large number of sick and disabled people who are being wrongfully found fit for work and who are later having those decisions overturned in their favour by a social security tribunal. They also fail to report on people found ‘fit for work’ by Atos Healthcare, the private health firm contracted to carry out work capability assessments on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. Those people then find that they cannot claim Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) because they are ‘unfit for work’ as deemed by the JSA qualifying criteria. These people often have to rely upon handouts and food parcels and become lost statistics unseen by the public.

The signatories of this letter are greatly concerned that the way the press and wider media are portraying sick and disabled people will continue to fuel a growing hatred and discrimination, adding to increasing reports of hate crime towards disabled people and the potential for suicides already being reported by some news providers.

Whilst we support the democratic idea of a free and open press we feel that they have a moral and social duty. We ask that they refrain from the use of language and/or defamatory terms which is fuelling the growing and unjust public hate and disdain of sick and disabled people and benefit claimants. We also ask that they honour and obligate to report all stories related to disability and disability benefits in a manner that best informs their readers and viewers which is balanced, accurate and fair.

Signed

(Signatures obtained over 8 day period)

Groups/Organisations and Selected Others

  • Steven Preece, Founding Member, Social Welfare Union – (Letter Author)
  • Gail Ward, Co-Founder, Social Welfare Union
  • Debbie Jolly, Co-Founder, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) – (Letter Co-Author)
  • Linda Burnip, Co-Founder, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) – (Letter Co-Author)
  • Merry Cross, Disabled People Against Cut’s (DPAC)
  • David Chowcat, Disabled People Against Cut’s (DPAC)
  • John McArdle, Black Triangle Campaign – Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence of Disability Rights
  • Luke Sheldon, Boycott Workfare
  • Izzy Koksal, Boycott Workfare
  • Bill Scott, Manager, Inclusion Scotland
  • Rosemary O’neill, CarerWatch
  • Adam Lotun, Workplace Disability Adjustments
  • Liz Potter, Derbyshire Anti-Cuts Campaign
  • Ian. J. Lumsden, Guildford Liberal Democrats
  • Linsay Bibby, Warrington Borough Council
  • Norma Curran, Scottish Campaign for a Fair Society
  • Peter Kelly, Director, The Poverty Alliance (Scotland)
  • Iolanda Carneiro, Portsmouth Disability Forum, Disability Rights UK
  • Annie Bishop, Northumberland Disability and Deaf Network
  • Peter Rogers, Hear Us: Croydon’s Mental Health User Group
  • Robert Battison, Founder, Democratic Reform Party
  • Ian Pugh, Acting/Deputy Leader, Democratic Reform Party
  • Jean Eveleigh, Treasurer & Membership Manager, Democratic Reform Party
  • Dion Gibbs, People Social Freedom Movement (Party)
  • Jean Cozens, Mental Health Resistance Network
  • John Hargrave, Leicester Disabled Peoples Access Group
  • Richard Lumb, Disabled People Against Cut’s (DPAC) (Cornwall)
  • Caroline Richardson, Ouchtoo.org
  • Alex Balcombe, Reach
  • Lorraine Booth, Reach
  • Sue Kennaway, Vale Royal Disability Services
  • Louise Wallis, Respond – Learning Disability Charity
  • Ben Golightly, Swansea Youth Fight for Jobs
  • Charlotte Fielder MBE, Author ‘Shared Experiences’, Windsor
  • Melanie-Elise Killian, Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation
  • Teresa Catto-Smith, Act Now For Autism
  • Pat Onions, Pat’s Petition, Braehead
  • Samuel Miller, Disabiliy Rights Blogger
  • Edward Mcgurk, Unite The Union, Huddersfield
  • Sean McGovern, TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee Chairman
  • Andy Stankard, Unison, Hull City Branch
  • Sue Anderson, Unison, Wiltshire
  • Terry Craven, Unite The Union 567(NW) Community Branch, Liverpool
  • Pat Craven, Unite The Union 567(NW) Community Branch, Liverpool
  • Jayne Sinden, National Union of Teachers (NUT), Dudley
  • Paul Stygal, Communication Workers Union (CWU), Southend-on-Sea
  • Roy Benjamin, Merton Centre for Independent Living, London
  • Alex Raimi-Scott, UK Uncut Liverpool
  • Rosemary Coates, Disability Hate Crime Network ( DHCN) Moderator
  • Sarah Ismail, samedifference
  • The Atos Stories Collective, London
  • Steve McCue, Dyslexia Pathways
  • Sue Jones, Autoimmune Illness Support Forum
  • Nessie King, The Isadore Foundation CIC
  • Susan Archibald, Archibald Foundation
  • Helen M Brown, Post Polio Cafe, Kilmarnock
  • Anna Preece, Cardiff Bipolar UK Support Group
  • Penny Ledger, Co-Chair of Trustees, Disability Network Hounslow
  • Lulu Hoosen Coovadia, Disability Network Hounslow
  • Toby Morrison, Disabled Students’ Councillor, Coventry University Students’ Union
  • Louis P. Burns, Upstate Renegade Productions
  • John McDonnell MP for Hayes and Harlington
  • Gordon McFadden, Policy Director, LimbCare
  • Karen Warner, Learning Disability Wales
  • John Dalrymple, Neighbourhood Networks
  • Ian Sandeman, DLA Help Group, Basingstoke
  • Steve Richardson, Richardson Training Consultancy LTD
  • Sue Rogers, M.E. Welfare Benefits and Support Group
  • Daryl Jones, Disabled Student Officer, NUS – NEC & Hull University
  • Hannah Paterson, National Union of Students (NUS), Manchester
  • Sarah Brittlebank, Mental Health Service, User Development Worker
  • Richard Holmes, Go4M
  • Mike LLywelyn Cox, Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People
  • Lynn Harrison, Mental Health and The Wider Disability Movement
  • Robin Macfarlane, British Senior Citizens Party
  • Stewart Harding, Diverse Cymru
  • Stephen Cruickshank, Renfrewshire Access Panel
  • Caroline Sutton, Disability Rocks
  • Andrew Dobson, MED Awareness Group
  • Mark Rowe, Fire Brigades Union (FBU), Merseyside
  • Andy Matthews, bipolar4all.co.uk
  • Jennie Kermode, Trans Media Watch
  • Kate Davies, KD Therapy, Derby
  • Mark Brown, 1 in Four Magazine
  • Simon McDougall, Liberal Democrat Councillor, Bognor Regis
  • Katharine Quarmby, Author, Scapegoat: why we are failing disabled people
  • Alasdair Sladen, Creative Support
  • Kerry BakerThomas, Tydfil Autism Support Group
  • Helen Watts, FM Support, S. E. Essex
  • Gemma Lintin, Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
  • Emma Cook, Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
  • Linda Blount, Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
  • Ian Warner, Kittiwake Classics, Enfield
  • Gary Stacey, Wessex Solidarity
  • Maria Stewart, Norfolk Association of Disabled LGBT People
  • Leo Arthur Capella, Disability/Neurodiversity Rights Campaigner, Essex
  • Cheryl Risden, St Austell Fibro Friends, Cornwall

Individual Signatures

  • A Gillmore, London
  • A Kitney, St Margaret’s Hope
  • Aaron Crowley, Uxbridge
  • Aaron Sawyer, London
  • Adrian Hindle, Chesterfield
  • Adrian Moore, Kingsbridge
  • Adrian Wilks, Sandbach, Cheshire
  • Adrianne Sebastion-Scott, London
  • Aiden Roberts, Liverpool
  • Alan B Clark, Skelmorlie, Scotland
  • Alan Fergus, Edinburgh
  • Alan Mills, Basingstoke
  • Alan Stanley Pavey, Kilve, Somerset
  • Alan Vincent, Doncaster
  • Alasdair Murray, London
  • Alec Middleton, Birmingham
  • Alex Panayotopoulos, Edinburgh
  • Alexander Scott, Edinburgh
  • Ali Newton, Leicester
  • Alice Devaney, Tewkesbury
  • Alice Grice, Hucknall
  • Alice Mcnair, Leicester
  • Alison Anne Godden, Hull
  • Alison Batts, Worsop
  • Alistair Craig, Glasgow
  • Allan R Williamson, Manchester – “I’ve noticed a change in peoples’ attitude towards my disability”
  • Alun Jones, London
  • Amanda Brocklesby, Grimsby
  • Amanda Burrows, Carlton, Nottingham
  • Amanda Crompton, Exeter
  • Amanda Farley, Basildon
  • Amanda Matthews, Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwyned
  • Amy Wood, Edinburgh
  • Ana Mattacks, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Ana Moore, Belfast
  • Anastasia Z, Glasgow
  • Andrea Mccown,
  • Andrew Cooper, Nottingham
  • Andrew Manning, Basildon, Essex
  • Andrew Mcdonald, Cardiff
  • Andrew Paul Healey, Bolton
  • Andrew Paul Matthews snr, Walsall
  • Andrew Scott, Sunderland
  • Andrew Sharp, Walthamstow, London
  • Andy Bean, London
  • Andy Cropper, Sheffield
  • Andy Webber, Taunton, Somerset
  • Angela Atha, Cleveland
  • Angela Drane, Redditch, Worcestershire
  • Angela Kennedy, Buckhurst Hill, Essex
  • Ani Murr, Shropshire
  • Ann Boyne, Liverpool
  • Ann whitehurst, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Ann Woods, Andover
  • Ann Woods, Liverpool
  • Anna McNally, Louth, Lincolnshire
  • Anna Robertson, Fettercairn
  • Anna Weeks, Bournemouth
  • Anna Wood, Glasgow
  • Anna-Rose Phipps, London
  • Anne Bowditch, Bristol
  • Anne Brian, Newbury
  • Anne Brunelle, Durham
  • Anne Cryer-Whitehead, Milton Keynes
  • Anne Dickens, Thornton-Cleveleys
  • Anne Friston, Edinburgh
  • Anne Novis MBE, London
  • Anne O’Donnell, Edinburgh
  • Anne Oneill, Portrush
  • Anne Ward, Wirral
  • Anne White, Leicestershire
  • Anne Wilson, Portsmouth
  • Annette Ruth Gavin, Altrincham, Cheshire
  • Ann-Marie Adams, Haddenham, Buckinghamshire
  • Ann-Marie Lee, Leigh
  • Anthony Adshead, Manchester
  • Anthony Barry, Amlwch, Ynys Mon, Wales
  • Anto Murray, Belfast
  • Antony Fern, Newcastle-under-Lyme
  • Anya-Nicola Darr, Budleigh, Salterton
  • Arran Taylor, Woking
  • Arthur Jordan, Dundee
  • Arty Pye, Middleshire
  • Arvind Ahir, Telford, Shropshire
  • Athran De’Janta, Lowestoft
  • B Rawsthorn, St. Helens
  • Barbara Green, Sheffield
  • Barbara Hulme, Manchester
  • Barbara Smith, Wales
  • Barry O’Toole, Liverpool
  • Becky Clabburn, Norwich
  • Ben Farrer, Halifax
  • Ben Tresman, Southampton
  • Benjamin James Baxter Corbet, Manchester
  • Beryl Becket, Swinton, Greater Manchester
  • Beverley Phillips, Birmingham
  • Bill Cocks, Swindon
  • Bill Hill, Edinburgh
  • Bill Nuttall, Telford – “They never tell the awful stories of true benefit victims”
  • Bob Collins, Birmingham – “This causes vulnerable members of our society untold hardship and misery”
  • Bob MacDonald, Cardiff
  • Bonita Quittenton, North Norfolk
  • Brenda Gill, Southampton
  • Brian F Kirkham, Salford
  • Brian Knowles, New Forest
  • Bruce Bingham, Manchester
  • Bruce Wylie, Penrith
  • C Adams, Bristol
  • C Hyatt, Brighton
  • C Tullock, Kirkwall
  • Callum Bryant, Nottingham
  • Calvin Smith, Swansea
  • Carl Chambers, Chesterfield
  • Carol Laula, Glasgow
  • Carol Williams, Taunton – “Whats next for these poor people, the work house?”
  • Carole Ann Holmes, Bexhill on Sea
  • Carole Mathurin, Merton, London
  • Carole Ridley, County Durham
  • Caroline Jones, Norwich
  • Caroline Seely, Wymondham
  • Catherine Bligh, Cambridge
  • Catherine Geladart, Gerrards Cross
  • Cathy MacLennan, Kinlochleven, Argyll
  • Cathy Patchett, Chesterfield
  • Catrin Sherwin, Pickering
  • Celia Bouquet, Exeter
  • Celine Lecompte, Cardiff – “This is not journalism, it’s a witch hunt”
  • Ceri Leigh, London
  • Charles Britton, Colchester
  • Charles Regan, Birmingham
  • Cheryl Moncrieffe, Bexley, Kent
  • Chloe Cook, Bournemouth
  • Chris Bainbridge, Bury, Lancashire
  • Chris Pearson, Dihewyd, Ceredigion
  • Chrissie Bligh, Cambridge
  • Chrissie Fryde, Cambridge
  • Christabel Edwards, Belvedere
  • Christina Sosseh, Milton Keynes
  • Christine Hathaway-Coley, Aberdeenshire
  • Christine Hubbard, Sheffield
  • Christine McCabe, Amnesty International Member (UK), Cambridge
  • Christine Mckenna, North Lanarkshire
  • Christopher Hoggins, St Leonards on Sea
  • Christopher Ingram, Merseyside
  • Christopher Lennon, Tyne and Wear
  • Christopher Wintle, Sheffield
  • CJ Gordon, Surrey
  • Claire Benjamin, London
  • Claire Edwards, Dawlish Warren, Devon
  • Claire Edwards, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
  • Claire Gibbons, Shipley, West Yorkshire
  • Claire Smith, Norwich, Norfolk
  • Clint Stanley, Ely, Cambridgeshire
  • Colin Day, Brentwood
  • Craig Dickens, Cannock
  • Craig Morris, Cardiff
  • Cris H, Isle of Wight
  • Cristiano Di Carlo, Southampton – “Disabled ex- serviceman recently put through the humiliation of an ATOS medical”
  • Cynthia Phillips, Swansea
  • D Rosier, Walworth
  • Damian Robinson, Warrington
  • Daniel Henry, Burton-upon-Trent
  • Danielle Heybroek, Manchester
  • Danka Gordon, London
  • Darren Bartlett, Sheldon, Birmingham
  • Darren Jones, Glasgow
  • Darren Lynch, Preston
  • Dave Ainslie, Lowestoft
  • Dave Bessant, Leeds
  • Dave Davis, Ellesmere Port
  • Dave Lee, Leominster
  • Dave Matthews, Nottingham
  • Dave McKinnon, Tyne and Wear
  • Dave Rendle, Cardigan
  • David Alan Shaw, Swindon – “Simply cannot tar everyone with the same brush”
  • David Birdsall, Teeside
  • David Burgess, Arley
  • David Gilmour, Edinburgh
  • David Golledge, Arbroath
  • David Hare, St Andrews
  • David Indge, Norwich
  • David Jones, Morriston
  • David Mccrae, Kilmarnock
  • David Mullen, London
  • David Robertson, Glasgow
  • David Stell, Northumberland
  • David-John Pitts, Edinburgh
  • Dawn Chudleigh, Swansea
  • Dawn Mckenna, Luton
  • Dawn Walker-Gerrard, Campaigner for Dementia Carers’, Doncaster
  • Dawn Willis, Mental Health Campaigner, Devon
  • Dayna McCleery, Clinton
  • Dean Harrison, Lancaster
  • Dean Simons, Norwich, Norfolk
  • Dean Wales, Bury St Edmunds
  • Debbie A L Banks, London
  • Debbie Marshall, Hull
  • Debbie Sayers, Member of the Spartacus Community, Cornwall
  • Deborah Casson, Sheffield
  • Deborah Davidson, Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire
  • Deborah Doble, Bristol
  • Deborah Mahmoudieh, Sheffield
  • Deborah O’Neill, Ashford, Kent
  • Deborah Ritchie, Birmingham – “I work, pay taxes, walk down the street and get mocked”
  • Deborah Webber, Port Talbot, South Wales
  • Debra Wesley, Chesterfield
  • Dee Levy, Swindon
  • Dee Welch, Brighton & Hove
  • Dennis Sprigg, Worksop ,Nottinghams
  • Derek Robinson, Swindon
  • Desmond Wrafter, Doncaster
  • Diana Dupree, Bury St Edmunds
  • Diane Benjamin, London
  • Diane Edmonds, Grimsby – “We are meant to live in an equal and caring society”
  • Diane Williams, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
  • DJ Walker, Hull – “I have been Spat at in the streets and called names”
  • Dolly Sen, London
  • Don Harrison, Cambridge
  • Donna Aston, County Durham
  • Donna Norris, Edinburgh
  • Douglas Morton, Glasgow
  • Dr A J Winser, Nottingham
  • Dr John Foster, Hertford
  • Dr Lynn Hancock, Liverpool
  • DreamDraigon Designs, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire
  • Drew Walker, London
  • Dugald Ferguson, Norwich
  • Duncan Brown, Glasgow
  • Ebony Dawn Marsh, Edinburgh – “Not content with causing rise in disability hate crime by headlines alone, they now campaign for it”
  • Eddie Harrison, Perth
  • Eileen Russell, Liverpool
  • Elaine Birch, Sutton Coldfield
  • Elaine Edwards, Haverfordwest
  • Elaine Tilby, London
  • Eleanor Leigh, Stockport
  • Eleanor Woyen, Hull
  • Elinor Stewart, Edinburgh
  • Elizabeth Clay, Sheffield
  • Elizabeth Dobson, Todmorden
  • Elizabeth Hansbury, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
  • Elizabeth Lamb, St Helens, Merseyside
  • Elizabeth Worsley, Hope Valley, Derbyshire
  • Elizabeth Wright, Leeds
  • Ella Woolley, Gillingham, Kent
  • Elliot Porter, Glasgow
  • Elly Metcalfe, Chesham
  • Elouise Summers, London
  • Elysabeth Mccaig-Scott, Bath
  • Emma Hill, Bromley
  • Emma Wilson, South Shields
  • Emma-Lisa Hill, Fallin, Stirling
  • Eric Day, Leicester
  • Erik Zoha, Dundee
  • Eve Morris, Edinburgh
  • Ewan Innes, Glasgow
  • Ewen McAleer, Glasgow
  • Fallyn Spinks, Kirkcaldy
  • Fiona Bruce, Herts
  • Fiona Hill, Sutton Coldfield
  • Fiona Shaw, Norwich – “How about some honest reporting?”
  • Fiona-Jane Kelly, Southall, London
  • Francis Xavier Gallagher, Stuartfield, Peterhead
  • Frank Kirk, Chichester
  • G. Pennington, Cumbria
  • Gail Sharman, Norwich
  • Garry Ellison, London
  • Garry Thomas, Worthing, West-Sussex
  • Gayle Edwards, Birmingham
  • Gayle Mann, Glasgow
  • Gemma Roulston, Redhill, Surrey
  • George Morgan, Keynsham, Bristol
  • George Petrie, Fife
  • George Topping, London
  • Gerald Smith, Guildford
  • Geraldine Mitchell, Manchester
  • Geraldine Preston, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Gill Food, Swindon
  • Gill Moore, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Gill Neeve, Alton, Hampshire
  • Gill Thompson, York
  • Gisele Nicolotti Marcoz, London
  • Giuliano Vivaldi, Brighton
  • Glenda Hudson, Birmingham
  • Glyn Williams, Bala, Gwynedd, Wales
  • Gordon Anderson, East Whitburn
  • Gordon Jenkins, Durham
  • GR Kelly, Denton, Manchester
  • Graeme Slater, Middlesbrough
  • Graham Askew, Amnesty International Member (UK), Cambridge
  • Gregg Beratan, London
  • Hana Rooke, London
  • Hannah Kingsland, Orpington, Kent
  • Hannah Rees, Morpeth, Northumberland
  • Hanne Lee, Kingston-upon-Thames
  • Hazel Midgley, Deeping St James
  • Heather Ann Taylor-Nicholson, Penzance
  • Helen Bryant, Reading
  • Helen North, Eastleigh
  • Helen Searle, Edinburgh
  • Helen Simms, Bristol – “The media portrayal of disabled people is unfair and wrong”
  • Helen Speight, North Shields
  • Helen Trick, Lewisham
  • Hollie-Lianne Williams, Manchester
  • Holly Wilson, Leominster
  • Iain Macfiain, Edinburgh
  • Ian Cropton, Stevenage
  • Ian Foster, Brentford
  • Ian Lockley, Brierley Hill, West Midlands
  • Ian Marder, Leeds
  • Ian McKnight, Belfast
  • Ian Riach, Teesside
  • Irene Burton, Aberdare
  • Isabel Addie, Glasgow
  • Ivor Williams, Swindon
  • J. Hamill, Chorley, Lancashire
  • Jackie Portman, Stourbridge
  • Jacob Adams, London
  • Jacqueline Holland, Dunkeld
  • Jacqueline Thomas, Tredegar
  • Jacqueline Welsh, Edinburgh
  • Jade Kerr, Dumfries
  • Jaki Rundle, Haverfordwest – “I used to believe the way people saw disabled people had improved, we have gone back to the dark ages”
  • James Mathurin, London
  • James Mullett, Lincoln
  • James Wolfe, Norwich
  • Jamie Ayers, Penrith, Cumbria
  • Jan McGuigan, Partick
  • Jan O’Malley, Arisaig
  • Jan Wright, Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwyned
  • Jane Bromfield, Berkshire
  • Jane Carnall, Edinburgh
  • Jane Clifford, Narberth, Pembrokeshire
  • Jane Crowe, Devizes,Wiltshire
  • Jane Nelson, Birmingham
  • Jane Redican, Denbighshire
  • Jane Reynolds, Abertridwr
  • Jane Wuster, Hove
  • Jane-Dora Fraser, Leeds
  • Janette Scharenborg, Llanelli
  • Janis Dick, Glasgow
  • Janis Green, Blackpool – “It makes Disabled people afraid to go out”
  • Jay Astarte, Halton, Lancaster
  • Jayne Gowland, Weardale, County Durham
  • Jayne Linney, Leicester
  • Jayne Smithson, Worksop – “Society should protect those less able to care [for] themselves”
  • Jean Mace, Nottinghamshire
  • Jean Murrell, Westleton, Suffolk
  • Jean Watson, Bedford
  • Jeanette Plester, Coventry, West Midlands
  • Jeannette Cripps, Berkshire
  • Jeff Myers, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Jeffrey Davies, Neath
  • Jemma Nicholls, Nr Lostwithiel
  • Jen Turrall, Kent
  • Jennifer Lambert, Badingham, Suffolk
  • Jennifer Lavis, Arbroath
  • Jennifer Mein, Newport
  • Jennifer Taylor, Kings Lynn
  • Jennifer Woolliscroft, Greater Manchester
  • Jill Smith, Lincolnshire
  • Jill Sullivan, London
  • Jillian Morland-Duff, Liverpool
  • Jim D Smith, Bromsgrove, Redditch
  • Jo Aaron, Cardiff
  • Jo Clancy, Cardiff
  • Jo Walker, Northumberland
  • Jo Watkins, Sheffield
  • Jo Woodrow, Deal, Kent
  • Joan Anthony, Lindon
  • Joanna Mackwell, Bingley, West Yorkshire
  • Joanna Redmond, Nottingham
  • Joanne Curtis-Monk, Preston
  • Joanne Dollimore, Sittingbourne, Kent
  • Joanne Hilton, Warwickshire
  • Joanne Yates, Edinburgh
  • Joe Cassels, Saxmundham
  • Joel Shea, London
  • John Broggio, Birmingham
  • John C Thomson, Edinburgh
  • John Collings, London
  • John Credland, Little Weighton
  • John House, Hackney, London
  • John Moore, Maynooth, Co.kildare, Ireland
  • John.W.Slade, London
  • Johnny Void, London
  • Jonathan Eyre, Leeds
  • Jonathan Marsh, Dover
  • Jonathan Swift, Leicester
  • Jonathan Ward, Bedale
  • Josie Jay, Alton, Hampshire
  • Joy Bean, Bromley
  • Judith Pettigrew, Bristol
  • Julie Carwardine, Caerphilly
  • Julie Frid, Stone, Staffordshire
  • Julie Harper, London
  • Julie Phillips, Peterborough
  • Julie Ricketts, Hackney, London
  • Julie Routley, Carmarthen
  • June Heaney, Bangor
  • Justin Edwards, Stirling – “As if they don’t already feel isolated enough”
  • Justine Ainsworth, Manchester
  • K Blount, Plymouth
  • K Rubins, London – “The recent media potrayal of the disabled is quite disturbing and sickening”
  • K. Mamm, Cleveland, N. E. England
  • K. Tanswell, Cheltenham
  • Karen Alexander, Bodorgan, Anglesey
  • Karen Atkinson. Worthing
  • Karen Bester, Belfast
  • Karen Brown, Morpeth, Northumberland
  • Karen Crossley, Warsop, Nottinghamshire
  • Karen Daniels, Hull
  • Karen Golden, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Karen Gray, Llanilltud Fawr
  • Karen Lennon, Northampton
  • Karen Prince, Edinburgh
  • Karen Simpson, Derby
  • Karen Willis, Norwich
  • Kate Rigby, Devon
  • Katherine Demeter, Bristol
  • Katherine Fox, Norfolk
  • Katherine Reid, Gateshead – “It’s disgusting. People don’t choose to be disabled”
  • Kathleen Burley, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
  • Kathy Baguley, Brighton
  • Kathy Jagger, Glasgow
  • Kathy Richards, Swansea
  • Katie Blythe, Faversham, Kent
  • Katie Lightfoot, Northwich
  • Katy Board, Ceredigion, Wales
  • Kaye Lewis, Cambridge
  • Kayla Lowes, Shepton Mallet
  • Keith Jennings, Benfleet
  • Keith Lindsay-Cameron, Peasedown St John, Bath
  • Keith Oxborough, Portsmouth
  • Keith Seddon, Watford
  • Kelly Rose, Lancaster
  • Kelly Salt, Walsall
  • Kelvin Kent, Taunton
  • Ken G Laidlaw, Smethwick, West Midlands
  • Kenny Fryde, Cambridge
  • Kev Towner, Hastings
  • Kevin Green, Kirkcaldy
  • Kevin Longmore, Sheffield
  • Kevin Mcdonald, Cardiff
  • Kevin Smith, Poole
  • Kevin Watkins, Swindon
  • Kim Burns, Wolverhampton
  • Kirsty Birkner, Glasgow
  • Krystie Lennon, Tyne and Wear
  • Kyla Manners, Brighton
  • Kyron Hodgetts, Cradley Heath
  • L Jones, Herts
  • L. Boyes, Kennoway, Fife
  • Lara Cobden, Norfolk
  • Laraine Frederick, Hove
  • Laura Evans, Portsmouth, Hampshire
  • Laura Henretty, Edinburgh
  • Laura Walker, Sheffield
  • Laura Whitefield, Ayr
  • Laurel Duut, Suffolk
  • Lauren Greyson, Devon
  • Lauretta Pearson, Oakham
  • Leandra Carswell, Devon
  • Lee Kennedy, London
  • Leigh Boyle, Dundee
  • Lena Thane-Clarke, Lancaster
  • Leon Carter, Havant, Hampshire – “The media is causing serious harm to those less able to defend themselves”
  • Leonie Reed, Liverpool
  • Les Crompton, Portsmouth
  • Lesley Crosby, Tyne and Wear
  • Lesley Farmer, Taplow, Buckinghamshire
  • Lesley Roberts, Newport, Shropshire
  • Lesley Sharkey, Renfrewshire
  • Leslie Marsh, Douglas, Lanarkshire
  • Liam Smith, York
  • Liane Gomersall, Lincolnshire
  • Lillian Hunter, Leven
  • Linda Bellos, Norwich
  • Linda D, Sheffield – “Hard enough as it is to cope with a disability without the appalling media coverage”
  • Linda Jones, Wolverhampton
  • Linda Murray, Glasgow
  • Linda Pugh, StAlbans
  • Linda Steers, Milton Keynes
  • Linda Winters, Glasgow
  • Lindsay Lee, Cambridge
  • Lisa Buckley, Liverpool
  • Lisa Dillon, Chatham, Kent
  • Lisa Dunn, Oxford
  • Liz Brown, Lurgan, Craigavon, NI
  • Liz Parker, Marple, Cheshire
  • Liz Sannachan, Glasgow
  • Lorna Campbell, South Norwood
  • Lotte Holmes, Manchester
  • Louise Fallon O’Hara, N.W. London
  • Louise Gibson, Stafford
  • Louise Nightingale, Liverpool
  • Louise Rowan, Lancaster
  • Louise Wallis, London
  • Lucy Powell, Caerphilly
  • Lydia Butler, London
  • Lydia Duddington, Exeter
  • Lydia Hendry, Glasgow
  • Lyn Philips, Southampton
  • Lynda Cakebread, Weston-Super-Mare
  • Lynda Phillips, Mountain Ash
  • Lyndsey Mckinnon, Leeds
  • Lynn Higgs, Liverpool
  • Lynn Huggins-Cooper, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Lynn Rhodes, Hayle, Cornwall
  • Lynne Valentine, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
  • Lynne Wilkinson, Bexhill
  • M Cairns, St Andrews
  • M Rawsthorn, St Helens
  • Madeleine O’Sullivan, Newark
  • Madison Matthews, Dyffryn Ardudwy
  • Malcolm Evison, Harrogate
  • Manda Evans, London
  • Mandy Edwards, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire
  • Mandy Murphy, Manchester
  • Margaret Loadwick, Rotherham
  • Margaret Philip, Thelnetham, Suffolk
  • Margaret Rooney, Bellshill
  • Maria Doswell, Hampshire
  • Marian Pearson, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
  • Marianne Cash, Bridgend
  • Marie Brown, Larbert, Scotland
  • Marina Grey, Dumbarton
  • Mark Binns, Stockport
  • Mark Hyde, Oldham – “Dont tar us all with the same brush, disabled people are NOT scroungers!”
  • Mark Romano, Swansea
  • Mark Smithson, Worksop – “Enough is Enough!”
  • Mark Turner, Tredegar
  • Martin Arnold, Bristol
  • Martin Cameron, Clybebank
  • Martin Denny, Littlehampton
  • Martin Fisher, Oldham
  • Martin Hannaway, Ipswich
  • Martin Hickman, Rawmarsh, South Yorkshire
  • Martin Wilsher, Ipswich
  • Mary Young, North Lanarkshire
  • Marysia Wojtaszek, Central Scotland
  • Matt Cole, Hereford
  • Matt Phelan, Oxford
  • Matthew Read, Bournmouth
  • Matthew Wheatley, Edinburgh
  • Maureen Taylor, Lampeter, Wales
  • Maurice Fox, Norfolk
  • Megan Radclyffe, London
  • Melanie Pither, Reading
  • Melissa Lee-Houghton, Blackburn
  • Merry Cross, Reading
  • Michael Gould, Hampshire
  • Michael Harrison, Wrexham
  • Michael Smart, Chesterfield
  • Michelle Barnes, Rotherham
  • Michelle Maher, Brighton
  • Michelle Nicks, Exeter
  • Mick Burns, Kingsteignton, Devon
  • Mick Carruthers, Preston
  • Mike Gargett, Stockton
  • Mike Jones, London
  • Mike Nightingale, Cardiff
  • Mike Pennell, Burton-on-Trent
  • Miles Curtis Watson, Littleport, Cambridgeshire
  • Miles Gavin, Bakewell
  • Moira Barrass, South Shields
  • Moira Gillespie, Glasgow
  • Monique Craine, Swansea – “Vulnerable people are made to feel like second class citizens”
  • Morag Fraser, Edinburgh
  • Morag Lewis, Cambridge
  • Ms Lisa Smith, Guildford
  • Naomi Garratt, Nottingham
  • Natasha Long, London
  • Natasha Smith, Sunderland
  • Neil Anderson, Machynlleth
  • Neil Dugmore, Newport, Gwent, South Wales
  • Neil Gibbons, Shipley, West Yorkshire
  • Neil Theakston, Waterlooville, Hampshire
  • Neil Wilson, Inverness
  • Neill Clark, Glasgow
  • Nicholas Csergo, London
  • Nick Adams, Birmingham
  • Nicki Myers, Cambridge
  • Nicola Goodchild, London
  • Nicola Linney, Leicester
  • Nicola Zussman, SE England
  • Nik Morris, Brynmawr
  • Noreen Akhtar, Citizen Advice Bureau/ Macmillan, Birmingham
  • Norma Anderson, Elgin, Morayshire
  • Norma Moran (British Passport Holder), Sydney, Australia
  • Oliver Greene, Norwich
  • Owen Meharry, Glasgow
  • P Dellow, Eastbourne
  • P Oldham, Hereford
  • P Rawsthorn, St Helens
  • Pam Lindgren (Former UK Citizen) “I am horrified that this is happening in the Country of my Birth”
  • Pam Long, Cumbria
  • Pamela Marshall, Lowestoft
  • Pamela Whiting, Portsmouth
  • Pat Bolton, Gateshead
  • Patricia Mcarthur, Glasgow
  • Patricia O’callaghan, Northampton
  • Patricia Walker, Sheffield – “It is ignorant to say that all disabled people are scroungers and layabouts”
  • Patricia Walker, Tywardreath, Par, Cornwall
  • Patricia Wenborne, Stanford-Le-Hope
  • Patrick James Ward, Dunfermline
  • Paul Barnard, Gillingham, Kent
  • Paul Dovey, London
  • Paul Edwards, Dawlish Warren, Devon
  • Paul Gillbanks, Glasgow
  • Paul Hewitt, Knutsford
  • Paul Hurwood, Kent
  • Paul O’Sullivan, Lincoln
  • Paul Taylforth, Accrington
  • Paul Treloar, London
  • Paul Tremble, BroadStairs
  • Paul Warren, Bridgend
  • Paula Allen, Lancashire
  • Paula Hardy, Barry
  • Penelope Thornton, Storrington
  • Penny Mead, Harlow, Essex – “This one sided, inflammatory language has to stop”
  • Pete Dixon, Green Party, Lincoln
  • Peter Austin, Taunton
  • Peter Clack, Swindon
  • Peter Green, Preston
  • Peter Kitney, St. Margaret’s Hope
  • Peter Macdonald, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Peter Robinson, Lewisham
  • Peter Wilton, Derbyshire
  • Petra Hoffmann, Glasgow
  • Petra Muths, Street
  • Phil McGladdery, St Anne’s
  • Phil Pocknee, University Union, Hull
  • Phil Stevens, London
  • Phil Wilson, Hull
  • Philip Howard, Thurrock
  • Philip Todd, Stokesly
  • Pru Davies, Glasgow
  • R.M.Cairns, Edinburgh
  • Rachael Kent, England
  • Rachel Gallagher, Gravesend
  • Rachel Silvester, Southampton
  • Ralph Morgan, Abertillery
  • Ray Goodwin, Welshpool
  • Raymond Young, Edinburgh
  • Rebecca Bootb, Aldridge
  • Rebecca Norton, Bradford
  • Rebecca Walsh, London
  • Reid Manson, Norwich
  • Richard Boorman, Maidstone
  • Richard Carter-White, Portsmouth
  • Richard Humphrey, Luton
  • Richard Scott, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Richard Stone, Newport
  • Rob Marsh, Penarth
  • Rob Smith, Keynsham, Somerset
  • Robert Ellard, Tonbridge
  • Robert Green, Preston
  • Robert Lee, Herne Bay Kent
  • Robert Marshall, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex
  • Robyn Hunt, Edinburgh
  • Roderick Millard, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
  • Roger D Tew, Sheffield
  • Roger Dudley, Troon, Camborne
  • Roger Lucas, London
  • Ron England, Liverpool
  • Ron Graves, Birkenhead
  • Rona Morris, Port Talbot
  • Ronald Crumley, Loughborough
  • Rosalyn Adams, Farnborough
  • Rosamond Broad, Birmingham
  • Rose Mairi Tognin, Glasgow
  • Rosena McKeown, Glasgow
  • Ross Allan, Glasgow
  • Ross Cambell, Braintree, Essex
  • Ross Flemington, Edinburgh
  • Rowena Wells, Edinburgh
  • Roy Leslie, Plymouth, Devon
  • Russ Cowpet, Manchester
  • Ruth Lewis, Greater Manchester
  • Ryan Hebbs, London
  • S Broomhall, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • S E Blake, Isle of Wight – “Try walking in our shoes for a day”
  • S Harding, Conwy
  • S Roberts, Wales
  • S. Ashley Burns, Falkirk
  • Sade Foley, Edinburgh
  • Sally Heasman, Worthing
  • Sam Sharman-Dunn, Leicester
  • Sam Wodehouse, Largs, North Ayrshire
  • Samantha Walshe, Telford
  • Samantha Wright, Edinburgh
  • Sana Gabriel, Northampton
  • Sandie Lunn, Sandy, Bedfordshire
  • Sandra Moore, Irlam, Salford, Greater Manchester
  • Sandra Tucker, Preston
  • Sandra Verrinder, Haywards Heath, West Sussex – “They are inciting disability hate”
  • Sandy H Scott, County Durham
  • Sandy Hay, Pembroke, Wales
  • Sarah Carrick, Burton-on-Trent
  • Sarah Dawson, Fetcham, Surrey
  • Sarah Elliott, Bedford
  • Sarah Hurley, Bristol
  • Sarah Lynch, Bristol – “Media promoting blame on its most vulnerable is acting like bullies and thugs”
  • Sarah McEvoy, Sheffield
  • Sarah Thompson, Newton Abbot, Devon
  • Sarah Welsh, East Anglia
  • Sascha Humphrey, Deptford, London
  • Satish, Hereford
  • Scott Pattinson, Cruden Bay
  • Scott Speirs, Kettering
  • Sedley Bryden, Harrow
  • Shabaaz Mohammed, Manchester
  • Shar Matsell, Grantham
  • Sharon Cooper, Preston
  • Sharon Herrington, Beightin
  • Sharon Hingley, Walsall
  • Sharon Root, East Malling, Kent
  • Sheenagh Lee, London
  • Shirley Ansley, Hassocks, West Sussex
  • Shirley Lowe, Manchester
  • Shivani Shah, Leicester
  • Shona Hepburn, Kennoway, Fife
  • Simon Draper, Lincoln
  • Simon Glover, London
  • Simon Greenslade, Swansea
  • Simon Hughes, Brampton
  • Simon Price-Johnson, London
  • Stella Hawker, Margate
  • Stella Meacham, Dundee – “The bias in reporting is so shocking its not news, its propaganda”
  • Stephanie McMorran, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Stephen Cruickshank, Paisley
  • Stephen Martin-Hanley, Basingstoke
  • Stephen Oxley, Doncaster
  • Stephen Vickers, County Durham
  • Steve Crawshaw, Colchester
  • Steve Hawkins, Luton
  • Steven Andrews, Doncaster
  • Steven Hepburn, Kennoway, Fife
  • Steven Houghton, Blackburn
  • Steven Mann, Liverpool
  • Stu Baker, Suffolk
  • Sue Bowyer, Barry Island, Vale of Glamorgan
  • Sue Campen, London
  • Sue Elliott, Ely, Cambridgeshire – “Too scared to go out because of the attitude towards disabilities”
  • Sue Ellis, Maldon, Essex
  • Sue McCafferty, Manchester
  • Sue Pearson, Edinburgh
  • Sue Rees, Edinburgh
  • Sue Tame, Devon
  • Sue Taylor, Cheshire
  • Susan Ashton, Liverpool
  • Susan Atuisbest, Lancashire
  • Susan Blair-Jordan, Colchester
  • Susan Clelland, Glasgow
  • Susan Johnstone, Carlisle
  • Susan Marshall, Leeds – “[The] media should protect the most vulnerable in society”
  • Susan Waller, Weston-super-mare
  • Suzie Jones, Preston
  • Sylvia Evans, Welshpool
  • Tanya Marlow, Plymouth
  • Tanya Simpson, Edinburgh
  • Tanya Smith, Bromley
  • Tanya Ward, Kent
  • Tara Allan, Edinburgh
  • Teddy Mcnabb, Northampton – “The mark of a civilised society is how it treats its vulnerable, a lot of civilising is required.”
  • Terence Crago, St Austell
  • Terree Selby, London
  • Theresa Kelly, Plymouth,England
  • Thom Bleasdale, Bideford – “My life has been destroyed by illness and now I am being accused of being a scrounger and a fraud”
  • Tim Draper, South Wales
  • Tina Lane, Southampton
  • Tina Price-Johnson, Forest Hill, London
  • Tina Smith, Hemel Hempstead
  • Tom Robb, Woking
  • Tom Walker, Liverpool
  • Tommy Ewing, Liverpool
  • Tommy Forsyth, Barnsley
  • Tony Gaskell, Merseyside
  • Tony Magee, Shepshed, Leicestershire
  • Tony Martin, Leicester
  • Tony Wyatt, Yeovil
  • Tracey Bawden, Llanwrda
  • Tracy Edwards, Tywyn, Gwynedd
  • Tracy Mills, Thackley, Bradford
  • Tracy Richards, Redditch
  • Tracy Rockley, Norwich, Norfolk
  • Trev Fairminer, Loughborough
  • Trevor Burnip, Claverdon, Warwick
  • Tricia Dickson, Dundee
  • Trudy Saunders, Birmingham
  • Uriel Emil, Cambridge
  • V Evans, Exeter
  • V Stocks, Manchester
  • Val Hudson, Durham – “Disabled people are all made to look like scrounging feckless lay-abouts”
  • Vanessa Haley, Huddersfield
  • Vera Kubenz, Coventry
  • Veronica Ward, Stoke on Trent
  • Vicky Horvat, Cambridge
  • Victoria May Hodgson, Tidworth
  • Vilas Pankhania, Leicester
  • Vilja Väisänen, Liverpool
  • Vince Laws, Oulton, Norfolk
  • Vivienne Roberts, London
  • W Robinson, North East
  • Walton Pantland, Glasgow
  • Warren Brown, Barmouth
  • Wayne A Layton, Rugeley, Staffordshire
  • Wayne Jones, Bolton
  • Wayne Morris, Port Talbot
  • Wendy Redfern, Middleton, Manchester
  • Wendy Wilson, Northampton
  • Will Robinson, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • William Barnes, Merseyside
  • Winifred Ashe, Belfast – “Is it not enough that disablement has ruined lives?”
  • Yvette Broadhurst, Wolverhampton
  • Zoe Hughes, Derby