31 August 2009
Nu-Labour plans to stuff the disabled
Neil Clark reports that the Nu-Labour government seems to be hankering after the abolition of disability benefits, with a view to handing some of the money saved over to local councils who would administer the funds via their social work industries. What looks set to go is attendance allowance, but it is unlikely that disability living allowance will be allowed to survive unscathed and will probably lose its care component.
The point is that as things stand a person's attendance allowance can be used by that person to pay for whatever he or she wants. However, if the regime gets its way, then it is likely that claimants will receive a social worker administered personal budget. In other words they will not be able to use the funds as they wish, but will have to persuade a lump of social work filth that their wishes should be honoured.
There is one glimmer of hope on the horizon. Over four million people in the UK receive some form of disability benefit and the organisations that represent them are finally waking up to the threat. If they unite with the broader anti-social worker movements then we can see the beginnings of a massive voting block that could basically sell its vote to whichever party promised to oppose these plans.
Just to be honest about this - sticking the boot into Nu-Labour and its bovine local government client vote is a good in itself so let's get cracking.