Just watch this. Please

Sue Marsh /   June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 2,383 views

You might not have read my blog before. Or you might have read it a few times, sympathised, but found it all too sad and shocking to keep up with. You might have stopped clicking on the links on a busy Monday morning, or a perfect, crisp, cold winter’s Sunday. You might think you get the general gist and don’t want constant reminders of how unpleasant politics can be. But today, just watch this short film. I promise, you won’t have seen anything like it. The Independent Living Fund (ILF) was a fund set up to help only those with the most profound disabilities, requiring almost constant care, to stay in their own homes for as long as they possibly can. It helped just 20,000 people with the most intense care needs at an average of around £300 per month, saving councils up and down the country much, much more in residential care. But one of the first decisions taken by this government was to scrap the fund. Even if you believe passionately in Iain Duncan-Smith and David Cameron’s welfare “reforms”, you probably believe that the “most vulnerable” are excluded, as they’ve assured you all along that they would be. You almost certainly believe that “support is being targeted at those that need it most”. Because that’s what you’ve been told, in a loop, since 2010. Well, though sick and disabled people hate the word, few are more “vulnerable” than those who had help from the ILF. It has been closed to new applicants since 2010 and will be scrapped for existing users from 2015. To really understand what I’ve been trying to tell you since 2010, please, just watch the film. It’s just 15 minutes long and says more than I ever could in a million words. If it touches you, as it did me, can I ask you a favour? Send it to just 2 people you love. And ask them to send it to two people they love. Ask them to watch it for you, as an early Xmas present and to pass it on. Not the usual twitter and facebook links, preaching to the already converted, but to someone you know won’t be aware of the extraordinary battle sick and disabled people are fighting, up and down the country. I know that the British public care. I know they would not want this. Please, help me tell them? CLICK HERE TO VIEW Courtesy of Sue Marsh at Diary of a Benefit Scrounger

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