Living With Disabilities Under Austerity

Alex lives in inaccessible housing unable to get a wheelchair inside. Nonetheless, Alex refused all help from the film crew, determined to show the reality of day to day life.

Every area has been affected by the government’s cuts. The government change stuff like prescriptions, so at one time she was having to pay for four or five medications and presently she’s not getting them anymore because she simply can’t afford it.

And because of all the expenses she couldn’t afford to purchase food and basically, she’s been surviving on milk and she’s lost 48 kilograms and it’s triggered her eating disorder.

As she inched her way around on the floor on her side and her hands she dragged herself around to get to the bathroom and she can’t turn the light on and it’s unsanitary as she dragged herself to the bathroom and she’s knocked herself out on the washbasin.

Her incontinence pads she has to get on prescription and she simply can’t afford them all the time so she’s left in soggy pants which is harming her well-being.

She has been left in a very embarrassing and disgraceful situation and she dislikes living the way that she does. It’s not simply the cuts, it’s the way that people are being handled and the entire method is worse than being a farm animal going to the slaughterhouse.

It’s really frustrating because she knows that just a few things like living someplace that is accessible, in an accessible home, with help being put in place, she knows her life could be very different. She’s not asking for a magic wand over her health.

She loses consciousness with one of her conditions and she has seizures and she’s frightened because her neighbours have discovered her unconscious on the stairs a number of times, and she’s cut her head open on the stairs.

The Occupational Therapist has accessed her as requiring a ground floor, wheelchair accessible flat, saying that the flat she resides in is inappropriate and her housing association also agreed and medically evaluated her in band A emergency, but they have no available housing in the area.

Again because of funding reductions, there’s a huge waiting list for an electric wheelchair which is sort of necessary for disabled people to get about and so then she sold her TV and her hand-me-down laptop and she had a little garden sale that her friend tried to sell cutlery, plates and stuff but it was still nowhere enough and then the black cabs came along because they had seen her decline and they got her the wheelchair.

If she lived in accessible housing, she wouldn’t have to lock her scooter up, she would simply be able to get to her bed in the wheelchair and go to the bathroom and the kitchen and then wheel herself straight onto the street and then go straight to her hospital appointments.

This woman had first class honours in architecture and of course, she can’t use that, but she would at least like to be able to do something. Clearly, she is not well enough to work full time but she would like to be able to do something like volunteering and she would like to be helping people and feel like that she was a member of the community and she feels like she’s not being given that chance to try and participate in some way.

The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children, those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly, and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.

It’s utterly shameful when the taxpayer pays for MPs to have second homes that they don’t even live in and expenses for fancy food bills and private healthcare.

Why on earth do people keep defending right-wing bullies who slaughter social services? Because they’re brutes and because they are insensitive and self-centred.

Because it doesn’t affect them, so they don’t care and don’t consider they will ever end up in a situation where they would require help. We are all simply one misfortune away from the bottom.

If you see this video and are still voting Tory you must take a hard look at yourself, what you believe in and what you believe a moral society should look like. Utterly tragic.

This is what The Conservative Party do to the most defenceless people in our community and Theresa May calls herself a Christian. What lies she spins.

Things like this, I can understand happening in third world nations, where the disabled are virtually non-existent but this is England and apparently were a first world nation and this is happening.

We pay a lot of tax in England and living costs are quite costly but by right there should be a relief for all who are most vulnerable. This is why we pay so much tax, this is why we have that policy. Third world nations have their difficulties but living expenses are very small in most areas and very few people pay tax and the customs in those countries usually mean that people link together, relations, friends et cetera and that is practically non-existent in England.

However, this is how the Tories want it and like it. Keep the needy poor and where they belong if they lose some along the way, oh well!

If a farmer was found to be keeping animals like they keep our disabled and vulnerable, unable to move around easily and perform normal functions, that said farmer would be shut down by animal health in an instant.

Yet, our government turn a blind eye to its fellow human beings living like this. This is sick and shameful and this isn’t the Great Britain we once knew.

It’s unbelievable how they can leave a woman in this situation and although people care greatly about our animals they frequently turn a blind eye to our people, and their neighbours living like this.

This level of struggle simply to live is inhumane and sickening and what kind of society are we if we won’t take care of the defenceless and disabled?

I can’t understand that in 2017 we, as a community, allow people to suffer like this. The system must change. For a start, this lady’s vital prescriptions should be free.

This is not simply the government cuts that have had a tremendous adverse impact on disabled people’s lives. There are people out there that have spat on other people, blasphemed at them in the street or the supermarket in the presence of their children and tell them that they’re scroungers.

This government has successfully brainwashed the average Joe into a savage, senseless and offensive person, jeering at those who have the least whilst praising those who are dismantling everything. It’s insanity and anyone who chooses Tory is complicit in the misery of those who most need help.

Published by Angela Lloyd

My vision on life is pretty broad, therefore I like to address specific subjects that intrigue me. Therefore I really appreciate the world of politics, though I have no actual views on who I will vote for, that I will not tell you, so please do not ask! I am like an observation station when it comes to writing, and I simply take the news and make it my own. I have no expectations, I simply love to write, and I know this seems really odd, but I don't get paid for it, I really like what I do and since I am never under any pressure, I constantly find that I write much better, rather than being blanketed under masses of paperwork and articles that I am on a deadline to complete. The chances are, that whilst all other journalists are out there, ripping their hair out, attempting to get their articles completed, I'm simply rambling along at my convenience creating my perfect piece. I guess it must look pretty unpleasant to some of you that I work for nothing, perhaps even brutal. Perhaps I have an obvious disregard for authority, I have no idea, but I would sooner be working for myself, than under somebody else, excuse the pun! Small I maybe, but substantial I will become, eventually. My desk is the most chaotic mess, though surprisingly I know where everything is, and I think that I would be quite unsuited for a desk job. My views on matters vary and I am extremely open-minded to the stuff that I write about, but what I write about is the truth and getting it out there, because the people must be acquainted. Though I am quite entertained by what goes on in the world. My spotlight is mostly to do with politics, though I do write other material as well, but it's essentially politics that I am involved in, and I tend to concentrate my attention on that, however, information is essential. If you have information the possibilities are endless because you are only limited by your own imagination...

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