Yesterday morning I asked blog readers to let me know how they thought the benefit cuts which were expected in the budget would affect them in the real world. Thank you to everyone who responded, these are very honest and moving answers.
“Every time there’s a budget I’m terrified George Osborne will do something that will destroy my life. Not even kidding. We can only survive because of DLA / Carers Allowance / Tax Credits / Housing Benefit. If we lose one of those we’re stuffed.”
“Rather than solve the suicide crisis, the Tories are just looking to make money and as such more people will die.”
“It’s a huge issue, and very scary. What’s happening with all the cuts to the most vulnerable at the moment is just so shocking. I can’t believe in this day & age, in the UK, we are going through this. It doesn’t need to be this way.”
– Hazy Daisy
“The DWP’s “cuts” forcing me to reapply for all my benefits have transformed my life into a complete nightmare and I am battling for my sanity because the nasty games and bullying that’s been going on is destroying me slowly but surely. Trust me, it’s a real horror story that’s reduced me to a complete wreck.
And Osborne had the nerve to state “we’re all in it together” and that Inequality is on the decrease… whilst they keep kicking at us disabled people making us feel anything but equal.”
For me, I worry about paying my bills, I receive ESA and PIP, I use these to pay my share of the bills, the bills I covered when I was working.
I don’t drink or smoke so contrary to popular opinion and like many who have responded my benefits don’t disappear into a newsagent black hole!
I also have no debts and am very careful with every penny I spend.
More cuts, mean more stress, which is likely to mean more hospital time, and longer until I get back to work. Cuts aren’t helpful to anybody on benefits, especially not the disabled be the disability mental or physical.
I have also written a post for the Huffington Post about how I ended up on benefits which ties quite nicely to this. You can read that here.