An Open Letter From An Anonymous Benefit Claimant

As it is.

Same Difference

You might not remember now, but just before Brexit kicked into gear and the Panama Papers landed, Iain Duncan Smith resigned as work and pensions secretary because the most vulnerable were being hit too hard by austerity. Let’s go back to that for a moment.

It’s not true to suggest we’re failing the disabled; we’ve not even tried in the first place. I’m choosing to write this piece from a position of anonymity. Among my peers, I’m considered the success story, with many a glittering accolade on my CV. I have walked and advised at the highest levels, associated with the most prestigious awards, have unique associates, am a regular in media circles, and have roles which come with the a lot of responsibility. I’m often reminded of the Michael J Fox film, The Secret of My Success – by night a high flyer, sitting at the top tables, by day, a mailroom worker who simply masquerades to earn his big break. This…

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Open letter from quadriplegic to Osborne: how is taking £120 a month from me going to get me back to work?

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This open letter to George Osborne was posted on Facebook. Please feel free to share:

I don’t usually do this sort of thing, but I am so downright disgusted I feel the need to say something. Please feel free to share this post, in the vain hope that somebody who can make a difference might get to see it.

Dear Mr Osborne,
I am intrigued by your methods and incentives to get disabled people back to work.
I have been a quadriplegic for a last 13 years of my life. Let me give you a brief description of what this entails. I have to employ a team of four carers as there is practically nothing I can do for myself. A few of these things I can’t do include going to the toilet as I need someone to stimulate my bowels digitally, holding and having any kind of sexual relationship…

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Employment and Support Allowance should not be cut – campaigners | DisabledGo News and Blog

Disability groups have written an open letter to Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, urging him to abandon planned cuts to a key benefit. The House of Lords will vote next week on government plans to cut £30 a week from Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for some new claimants from 2017. The letter says it will make it harder for disabled people to find work. But the Department for Work and Pensions says the campaigners are “scare-mongering”. ” fails to acknowledge that existing claimants and those with the most severe disabilities will not be affected at all,” a spokesman said. From April 2017, ministers are intending to reduce the amount of money people in one category of ESA receive, taking approximately £30 a week from new claimants who are deemed to be capable of making some effort to find work. The change will bring the benefit rate in line with Jobseeker’s Allowance. ‘Closer to poverty’ More than 30 charities and members of the Disability Benefits Consortium,

Source: Employment and Support Allowance should not be cut – campaigners | DisabledGo News and Blog

An Open Letter to Sarah Palin

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Dear Mrs. Palin,

I am a former US Marine and US Navy Officer with a Combat Action Ribbon as well as service connected disabilities. I am also a Republican.  I have also served with, and am friends with, dozens of combat veterans who suffer daily from various injuries and wounds to include PTSD.  I recently read your comments related to PTSD in which you attempted to excuse your son’s arrest on domestic abuse charges and firearm charges by referencing his supposed PTSD.   Based upon your previous comments I am not surprised that you would choose to use this very serious condition as a political football and, once again, attempt to divert blame from your own family’s abhorrent, violent behavior.

In 2014 your entire family was involved in a late night ‘drunken brawl’ at a party in which Track Palin (the accused domestic abuser) was involved in a bloody fight. …

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‘Dear education secretary’: a social worker’s open letter on the state of the profession | Community Care

Practitioner and blogger Social Work Tutor appeals to the government to rethink its approach to reforming the profession

Source: ‘Dear education secretary’: a social worker’s open letter on the state of the profession | Community Care

Do they care?

Original post from Learning Disability Alliance England

‘………….This is an Open Letter, written on behalf of Learning Disability Alliance England, and signed by just a few of the leading self-advocates, families and advocacy organisations who are part of LDA England. Please share this letter with journalists, the media or by using social media.


27th March 2015

We are writing to express our disappointment and dismay at the failure of the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats to represent themselves at LDA England’s Citizen Jury event on 2nd April.

LDA England is the representative body for people with learning disabilities. It unites the representative bodies for people with learning disabilities, families and over 500 different charities, advocacy bodies and community organisations – the very organisations Government consults on policy. It speaks on behalf of millions of people and voters.

On 10th March 2015 Professor the Baroness Hollins and Gary Bourlet of People First England wrote on our behalf to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and the leaders of the other main political parties in England.

The Labour Party, the Green Party and UKIP immediately found suitable representatives; for example the Labour Party representative is Kate Green MP, their disability spokesperson. However, as yet, we have still had no adequate response from the Conservative Party or the Liberal Democrats.

Both the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats claim that they supportMencap’s Hear My Voice campaign – and that they take seriously the rights of people with learning disabilities.

However, their actions in this instance speak louder than words. In ignoring LDA England’s request it would seem both parties are unwilling to engage with the voices and votes of millions of people, families and professionals.


Vicki Raphael, National Valuing Families Forum

Kerry Martin, National Forum for People with Learning Disabilities.

Jayne Leeson, Changing Our Lives

Katie Clarke, Bringing Us Together

Oi Mei Li, National Family Carer Network

Cathy Wintersgill, Connect in the North

Rosemary Trustam, Community Living

Mark O’Farrell, Preston Learning Disability Forum

Steven Rose, Choice Support

Lucy Hurst Brown, Brandon Trust

Jo Clare, Three C’s Support

Sally Warren, Paradigm

Alicia Wood, Housing and Support Alliance

Simon Cramp

Steve Maguire

Dave Barker

Simon Duffy, The Centre for Welfare Reform

Pathways Associates

Sarah Maguire, Choice Support

Kim Foo, Heritage Care

Aldingbourne Trust

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