We are both disabled as well as being disability activists. We have experienced pain and suffering ourselves and seen it in our friends, families and colleagues. It is one thing to live with the physical challenges of a disability. It is quite another to hear lies and misinformation every day from our own government.
We have watched sick and disabled friends fall foul of the Employment and Support Allowance process and seen people who are genuinely sick and disabled being left with next to nothing to live on. Some are living in fear of the Personal Independence Payments assessments to come. In this climate, which is confusing and intimidating for some of the most vulnerable in our society, those in power should be operating to the highest standards of integrity and accuracy. Recent reports suggest that the Work and Pensions Secretary may have misrepresented Government statistics to make a political point.
We are concerned that this is just the tip of the iceberg. We believe that Iain Duncan Smith has built a wall of misinformation to discredit all claimants of DLA when the fraud rate of DLA is a tiny 0.5%.
Last month nearly 500,000 people signed Dom Aversano’s petition calling on IDS to live on £53 per week. That was an incredible movement of people trying to hold a politician to account for his words. Please sign this petition, and we might actually see that happen.
Jayne Linney, Debbie Sayers