Tag Archives: disabilities

Opinion: The value of reading

Continuing on from my last post on mobility, I’m taking another look at the replacement for the Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

The second area where the current proposals on PIP disadvantage blind people is in that of communication. This is one of the activities under the broad heading of ‘daily living’.

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Opinion: How do we get home?

I am a physically disabled Liberal Democrat member living in London and have held a Taxicard for about 5 years now. For those who don’t know this, a Taxicard allows Londoners with mobility problems subsidised trips in black taxis within London boroughs.

On Good Friday, I asked the London Taxicard service a simple question. It was a question I have asked them several times before: How many trips do I have left?

The answer? 52.  The next question: When is that up to? Here comes the unpleasant surprise: That’s for the whole year.

Fifty-two trips a year? That’s one trip a week, I …

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A Radical Activist Grandma writes… Lib Dems must make their voice heard on mental health and disability issues

Suzanne Fletcher had an experience many Lib Dems have experienced at the party’s conference: she’d prepared a speech but there was not time to call her during the debate. However, Lib Dem Voice is delighted, with Suzanne’s permission, to share her thoughts with our readers…

The speech I didn’t make at Lib Dem conference on the Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) and Work Capability Assessments
First of all congratulations to the Disability Consortium for their well-run campaign to get people to come and vote in this debate, although I was certainly going to be here anyway, along with my colleagues from Stockton, …

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    How very odd. Norman Lamb says, "although there was no evidence to suggest that such practices were taking place in the NHS, I wanted to...
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    Stephen Donnelly, to explain further: "Capital Allowances let taxpayers write-off the cost of certain capital assets against taxable income. They take the place of depreciation...
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    Stephen, I am not confused, if someone buys a new machine it doesn't lose 100% of its value in year one, so why can they...
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    and 100 days to stop the fracking supporting Liberals!
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    The key thing that Julian recognises is that the tax system needs to be made simpler and more transparent. Eddie seems very confused about capital...