Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Ministers must stop contempt for the disabled

As a blind man, I would like to thank Iain Duncan Smith, the Work (macht frei) and Pensions Minister, for still allowing disabled people to walk on the pavement and sit in public parks.

Other than that, however, I have found that being a disabled person in Britain today is reminiscent of Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

I started work aged 15, 46 years ago, and I am still working. Yet this Government constantly accuses me, and every other disabled individual of being without integrity.

I do not seek sympathy, but I demand that ministers stop this contempt for the disabled.

There has been a debate this week concerning benefits and a proposal to limit their increase to just 1% over the next few years.

I do not know the implications of this for the army of carers, but what I do know is that politicians shrink from drawing attention to this group of dedicated people.

As a disabled person, however, I wish to pay tribute to those who are expected to work a minimum of 35 hours-a-week for a maximum of £1.67-per-hour.

Rather than insulting these fine people by offering them an increase of under 2p-per-hour, why don't you keep it and put it towards the rumoured pay rise being sought by MPs of 50%.

ROBERT LACEY

Newtownabbey, Co Antrim

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