22/06/2010

Disability Living allowance and the Budget

Today’s budget in the UK announced that disability living allowance will continue as is for the time being but come 2013 there will be medical assessment made of all those currently claiming as well as new claimants.

Don't know your views on this but my take on it for what its worth is GREAT, shame its not immediate, yes those of us genuine cases will have to put up with a bit a hassle but my guess is those of us with lifetime disabilities will be given permanent acceptance without the need of refresher visits to the GP.

Why am I so pleased about this? Well, I am sick of hearing about the thousands of people that have in the past had some kind of disability (or pretended to have a disability) but have now either recovered naturally or recovered fully after an operation but still think they have the right to continue not only claiming to be disabled but claiming money to boot and no checks on these people has for many years let them carry on cheating the system.

I can only hope those that have diddled the system for years are now searching the papers for a job ready for when they make a miraculous recovery just before their assessment.

15/06/2010

Big Brother & Disabled Housemates

Ableize was approached last time round before the Big Brother line up was chosen (Dec 2009) by the producers of Big Brother to help find a disabled housemate, we spent a great deal of time and effort publicising their search and low and behold, no disabled member was included in the show.

We vowed not to assist them again if we were contacted because we knew many disabled members applied, as none get through we felt it was purely Channel 4 attempting to be ‘seen to be’ politically correct and sending out the message that they intend to include a disabled person on the show but never got round to it!

Well, we are now at the final Big Brother show (thank god for that I hear you cry)
In the line-up of potential disabled housemates were:

Jenna (19) – A student from Pontypridd in Wales, says she has 'disabled arms'. (Channel 4's description, not ours)

Leanne (29) - an author who lives in London and has had most of her leg removed due to cancer.

Amin (19) - he's a club dancer and actor of Iranian origin, profile describes him as a 'dwarf'. (Channel 4's words, not ours, we prefer to refer to such people as those of a 'small stature')

Steven (40) - ex-forces man from Leicestershire, he's double amputee (legs) and also lost of one eye in service.

So, are there any disabled housemates that made it onto the show this time? Well yes, there is, Steve the ex-forces amputee injured while on patrol in Belfast. OK, call me cynical but has he been chosen because he is an ‘ex-serviceman’ injured representing for his country and he will of course and rightly so be representing our brave boys on TV to the world, he openly states to ‘lobby for the rights of soldiers who have been injured’ and why not, it’s a dam worthy cause.

I’m not for one second suggesting that Steve does not deserve his place and publicity on the one eyed monster that sits in the corner of my lounge, no but I do ponder on the question of:

Would there be a disabled person in the Big Brother house if he was not an injured soldier?