Suspected terrorists probably have more human rights than do the chronically sick…

I first published this over a year ago, but as things have got substantially worse, since then, for those of us on benefits, I thought it appropriate to put it before a much bigger audience (and, yeah, OK, I admit, because I’m still pretty fucked up physically, and it’s hard to write).

I found the following gem in my search-engine slush pile a while back –  a reference to “people on DLA who shouldn’t be”.

This pisses me off in so many ways. First of all, most people have no idea who’s Continue reading

Guilty until proven innocent? You must be on benefit…

I found the following gem in my search-engine slush pile this morning –  “people on DLA who shouldn’t be”.

This pisses me off in so many ways. First of all, most people have no idea who’s getting DLA and who isn’t, and even if they do know, they are unlikely to be so privy to the minutiae of a person’s life that they know for sure whether or not they are disabled. Not all disability is visible.

Most people tend to judge purely by appearances, which is massively Continue reading

Disability Benefits and Human Rights…

I found this in my search-engine heap – “human rights and Incapacity Benefit”.

All I can say is Ha!

Incapacity Benefit – all benefits – are not rights. You can only get them if you qualify (and sometimes, as with DLA, not even then).

You could argue that, as you have a disability, you qualify for disability benefits, but it doesn’t work that way. You have to not only be disabled, you have to be Continue reading