The government are planning to put everyone on benefits on prepayment cards. These cards have a huge range of restrictions on what can and cannot be bought with them and will hugely limit our lives. Things which make our lives meaningful with a limited amount of independence ie pets or assistance dogs will no longer be able to be fed (no buying of petfood) and a huge range of other restrictions. For example small self employed independent businesses many of us rely on to pay for everyday help may not have a card payment system. I know myself I pay by cash or cheque to them currently. Occasional outings to pubs, resturants and other treat will be curtailed. Not to mention the further stigmatisation which has already led to a huge increase on hate crimes towards us, most of it thanks to mainstream press. Many of us already struggle to live as the services of care and help have been already serverely curtailed. These cards have to be stopped before they are introduced. With all the other cuts, such an indroduction of bedroom tax will lead to many more people being reduced to severe hardship, poverty and isolation from the rest of society.
- UK Government
Stop the benefit prepayment card for sick and disabled people in the UK
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