By June Heaney
I am a mother of a 22 year son with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and severe learning difficulties.
I myself worked for 25 years until becoming so ill I had to give up my job.
I have fibromyaglia and suffer from severe depression, some days the only thing that keeps me tied to this earth’s realm is the fact of what would happen to my son if I was no longer here.
My son was given DLA for life but this means nothing to Iain Duncan Smith who, because of his insensitive and abusive comments, has given people who know no better a platform to hurl abuse at the disabled.
I hope Iain Duncan Smith never becomes so ill that he is tared with the same brush – or maybe he needs to see what life is like for us.
I still have to wait to see if my son will get this new benefit, but he has lost his Incapacity Benefit.
I have been deemed fit to look for work – my DLA and Incapacity Benefit have been stopped.
For 16 years, I looked after my son and I became so ill I had to give up my job, all due to me caring for him full time.
I would have thought that David Cameron would have realized how difficult it was to look after a child with special needs 24/7, 365 days a year, no matter how ill you are, but I was stupid to think it was the same for his family.
He could pay to have the breaks needed to allow them to look after their child.
I have had a baby for 22 years and have loved and cared for him to the best of my ability, and I can tell you now, with out a shadow of a doubt, that I hate this government and all it stands for.
David Cameron should realize that it wasn’t the money spent on these benefits that brought this country to its knees, but the Bankers.
Also, maybe if they cut their budget spent on going to war with countries that America wants to invade, to steal their oil, and in doing so murder our young men and women and disable thousands, they wouldn’t have a problem paying to look after the sick and old.
It seems that unless the government feels you are of value then you are worthless in their eyes, how wrong can they be?
This company that the government has allowed to decide if one is sick enough or not are not interested in people with mental health issues and, I heard someone on the TV or in the papers say that fibromyaglia wasn’t a real illness – so that must mean they are not real pains I feel? Quick! Someone needs to tell my body that when I can’t get out of bed!
I hope that this is the straw that broke the camels back, and destroys this Government.
Then, and only then, we can vote in people who live in the real world and know the struggles the people face, instead of these toffee-nosed individuals.
What in God’s name does a distant cousin of the queen know about the real world?
It’s about time the likes of IDS and DC were shown that, we the people, say: “NO MORE!”