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Disabled person: ‘I won’t cope without benefit’

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Matthew Farrand is disabled and lives in Manchester. He told Socialist Worker about his life, and what the cuts will mean for him
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Matthew Farrand  (Pic: Penny Krantz)
Matthew Farrand (Pic: Penny Krantz)

“I lost my home help a couple of years ago, which means that since then we’ve had to pay for any help with cleaning and so on.

I also had to find help from a list of private companies. It’s a risky business getting the kind of quality help that we’d had before through social services.

About a year ago my social worker told me that I couldn’t go to my community centre any more.

This was devastating— it was a great place where people with disabilities could meet and take part in activities like art classes.

It was a fantastic resource, and for a lot of us who attended the centre it was a real lifeline, especially during the winter months.

Now I’m extremely worried that I’m going to lose around £388 a month from my incapacity benefit, which is being scrapped.

I can’t see how I could survive without this money.

The government’s planned cuts to welfare spending are nothing short of inhuman, and have exposed them for the bullies that they are.

I’m encouraging everyone to take part in demonstrations and strikes against these vicious attacks on the most vulnerable in our society.”

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