Today I went to the Job Centre to try and sort my JSA claim. It took three people to tell me to get a sick note and I was basically told that I could lose any support from the DWP if l became ill again. You wonder why unlike my brother I’m not a quiet one and tend to shout a lot, most of the time to deaf ears. Last night I saw the Panorama programme that again featured disability and abuse. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
I can still remember the outcry when Panorama uncovered the abuse at the Bristol care home. At the time I was a trustee for a learning disability charity in Cornwall. I learnt also at the same time how dark the care system can be. I still have the paperwork and it brings back difficult memories.
I was also a carer for my Dad (I was one of the very few disabled carers in Cornwall ). Amazing how you can say to someone you can’t work, but on the other side, don’t act when the same person becomes an unpaid carer! Today I’m sort of a carer again, this time for my Mum. Also today the care system is awash with people on social media calling for action like they did with Winterbourne View.
Well why has it taken another Panorama programme to awaken people’s minds, on how badly the state can treat disability especially neurological disabilities? Will there now be a demand for your local Job Centre to treat disability with more compassion and dignity? Anger, failure and desire a to catch a metro to be somewhere else is all what is left to say.