Today is the start of One Month Before Heartbreak – a blogswarm to try and raise awareness of the many negative changes that are being made to various disability benefits, particularly Disability Living Allowance.
You can find links to everyone who has posted during One Month Before Heartbreak on the website itself plus some on Benefit Scrounging Scum. You can also follow all posts and debate about it using the Twitter hashtag #ombh.
I know that not everyone reads about disability-related issues.
This could be because you have an own area of interest that is facing cuts of its own.
It could be because disability doesn’t affect you or someone you know.
Or it could be (and it’s understandable) that you don’t feel as comfortable talking about issues relating to disability.
But if I may, I’m asking that today or this weekend you read just one story – any story – of the people who are posting about the impact the cuts to disability-related support they receive will have on their day-to-day lives.
For my own part, I don’t tend to focus on my own mental health condition. Instead, I crunch the policy, the numbers and the implications and see where it gets us to. For Disability Living Allowance, the Independent Living Fund and Access to Work, this is what I’ve done, and the posts are below. I’m afraid it’s a bit of a “greatest hits” / “bargain basement” contribution, but I wanted to support One Month Before Heartbreak.
On Disability Living Allowance:
- Poverty, Worklessness… and DLA?
- The Budget and DLA: initial reactions
- DLA reform consultation: Great Expectations, Worst Apprehensions
On Access to Work:
- Are cuts being made to Access to Work?
- More on the possible cuts to Access to Work
- Access to Work and reasonable adjustments