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Spring Budget 2017: Another Budget, Another Cut

As the Chancellor Phillip Hammond prepared to announce his budget, people with disabilities up and down the country nervously awaited the bad news they have sadly become oh so used to.

For many, it seemed that the hopes that their rights would be protected were slim – and they weren’t wrong.

Hammond claimed he was prepared to do whatever it takes to save the economy, even if that does target those in need of help.

The Chancellor delivered a hammer blow to the disabled community just one year after a major u-turn on disability benefit cuts, and while £2bn will be pumped into social care, £3.79bn is to be cut from the PIP budget.

It certainly feels like a case of giving with one hand and taking with the other.

The continued disregard for the needs of people with disabilities and the appearance that helping those in need is dropping further and further down the pecking order is quite frankly galling and astonishing to say the least.

Scope estimates that life is made £550 more expensive a month if you are living with a disability – so it is little wonder why people are so enraged by the constant cuts.

But one thing that is particularly devastating about the news from London is the government’s treatment of those living with anxiety and depression.

Two tribunal rulings including one that states those with anxiety should be given the same status as those who are blind are to be overturned, belittling the problems facing those with mental health issues.

On top of cutting vital support, it now appears that Theresa May and her government are tightening their grip on deciding what does and does not ‘qualify’ as a disability.

While not all those with mental health issues have physical disabilities, the power of the mind can certainly ‘disable’ somebody’s daily life.

Mental distress is not a ‘false’ disability and cannot be trivialised, so why are the government failing this growing part of the British population?

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 By Colette Carr

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