‘Paralympics welfare cuts propaganda’ ~ Press TV

‘Paralympics welfare cuts propaganda’

Disabled campaigners say British Prime Minister David Cameron is exploiting the 2012 Paralympics as “propaganda” to justify his government’s attack on welfare including disability benefits.

Disabled activists say the government is using the games and the Paralympians’ achievements to instill the idea that the disabled people do not need the welfare support and can stand on their own. 

Scottish campaigners said the government’s welfare cuts plan that will come into force next year will cut off benefits for one in three disabled people equal to some 72,000 claimants only in Scotland. 

“These games are being used as propaganda to justify unconscionable cuts to disabled people’s benefits,” a disability rights campaigner John McArdle said. 

According to umbrella group Inclusion Scotland, figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show the welfare cuts will leave 60,000 disabled people stripped of their £20.55 to £131 weekly disability allowance for help at home while another 12,000 will lost their mobility help benefits. 

The government is under fire for accepting French company Atos as a Paralympics sponsor simultaneously with handing the firm the contract for assessing which of the disability benefits claimants are not entitled to the allowance. 

The Disabled People Against Cuts campaign group held a five-day protest last week against Atos’s Paralympics sponsorship. 

The group said last week that Atos is responsible for brutal slashing of disability benefits for 11,000 people it is commissioned by the government to test, forcing dozens of people to suicide and leading hundreds of other disabled patients in England to their deaths after they had their benefits cut. 

The British government is leading a review of benefits in an attempt to slash £18 billion off the welfare budget as part of the sweeping spending cuts to curb debts. 

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Comments
  • Humanity2012 September 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

    My Feeling that Apart from being a Mega Circus the Olympics including
    Paralympics are Propaganda of the ” Self Reliance ” and ” Survival of the
    Fittest ” Rubbish Sort Instead of a Compassionate and Caring Society

    People Out there who are Thick Enough to be Brainwashed by the Regime Tabloids
    and ” Quality Newspapers ” may Not see this but I Do Quite Well

    The Quality of Life and Social Justice is More Important than a Couple of Sports
    Medals

    Get the Con Dem Scum Out of Office Now

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