Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/941/25080

From The Socialist newspaper, 22 March 2017

Reader's comment

'I'm writing this to tell you about the plight of disabled people'

photo Paul Mattsson

photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Debra Ergen, Warrington Socialist Party

First let me tell you why I joined the Socialist Party.

I got fed up with the main parties, mainly because they join forces against the working class, and I saw an alternative within the socialist movement. I'm an active member and find campaigning for a fairer society empowering.

I'm a single, disabled 50-year-old woman. I volunteer for the fire service, to keep my sanity and give something to the community.

So enough of this. Let me tell you the reason for me writing this.

As with most disabled people, I found my benefits under review. I received my form, filled it in, got a letter saying they hadn't received it.

So I filled in another, and took it into the job centre, hand delivering it and receiving a receipt. But still they claimed not to have received it.

On 11 November, my benefits were stopped. I was left with nothing.

Christmas was a nightmare. No money, no food... and for the most part no hope. I relied on family and friends for weeks.

Then I had no option but to resort to using the food bank. I have donated to the food bank for years through church, and was totally humiliated to get to this point in my life.

I phone the benefits agency every other day, and get the company line: there's nothing they can do. Bills have piled up. I sit worried about every knock on the door in case it's someone there to collect on a debt.

I've been so depressed, and often wondered why I should carry on at all. The pain of living was so great that ending it was an option.

But what would the point be in that? The bosses wouldn't care. The pain would pass to those closest to me.

So I'm still here, I'm still fighting for what I rightfully deserve. And I'm writing this to tell you about the plight of disabled people all over the country. We're not on the news separated from you, we're among you.

The fight goes on for us all.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 22 March 2017:


What we think

Tory splits brought to the surface - Corbyn must go on the attack


Socialist Party news and analysis

Tories scrap housing benefit for under-21s

Fight Tory attacks on women and children

Socialists demand reply to Livingstone's smear of Militant

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

Northern Ireland: divisive election a warning

Jobstown Not Guilty: defend the right to protest

Netherlands: Heavy defeat for austerity government

Yemen: families left to starve by multinationals


Workplace news and analysis

Merseyrail guard found not guilty of "endangering safety"

End the seven-year public sector pay cap!

Aslef offer: unity needed with the RMT

Battle steps up in Unite general secretary election

Derby TAs' strike suspended after new offer

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

March against racism: Refugee Rights has lively bloc

We'll fight to save our NHS!

Biggest ever protest by Orgreave campaigners

Join the march against NHS cuts and privatisation in Cumbria

Battle for Wallsend walk-in NHS service

East London demonstration against A&E closure

Salford: International Women's Day meeting


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

"After seeing the branch's effect in the community, I decided to join"

'I'm writing this to tell you about the plight of disabled people'

Precise, visceral account of working class heroism

The Socialist inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 22 March 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Disabled:

triangleThem & Us

triangleNewham socialists attend 'I, Daniel Blake' film night

trianglePolice officers face misconduct charges over attack on 'freedom ride'

triangleFinancial hardship facing millions of cancer sufferers

triangleSouth Yorkshire Freedom Riders celebrate three years of fighting

Socialist:

triangleThe Socialist inbox

triangleProtests in solidarity with LGBT+ people facing persecution in Chechnya

triangleHow Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party

triangleBristol Socialist Party: An informal discussion

Food:

triangleSouthampton Socialist Party: What would a socialist food industry look like?

triangleWhat would a socialist food industry look like?

trianglePrescription and dental charges to rise again - fight for a free NHS!

Benefits:

triangleBenefits workers oppose 'rape clause' and two-child limit

triangle900 carers quit a day - nationalise social care now

Socialist Party:

triangleEast London tenants fight 40% rent hike

Reviews and comments

Reviews and comments

26/4/17

The Socialist

The Socialist inbox

19/4/17

Letters

The Socialist inbox

19/4/17

Buses

Buses and buggies: a driver speaks

19/4/17

Feminism

Mass movements, not 'fringe cultures', can win feminist change

5/4/17

Ebola

Courageous Ebola nurse Salomé Karwah dies

5/4/17

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

5/4/17

NHS

Financial hardship facing millions of cancer sufferers

5/4/17

Homeless

Homeless due to the housing crisis

29/3/17

Bernard Roome

Memorial meeting remembers Bernard Roome

29/3/17

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

29/3/17

Socialist Party

Why I Joined: "I joined Socialist Party to campaign to save the NHS"

29/3/17

Sexism

Women need secure jobs and equal pay, not patronising 'returnships'

29/3/17

Cardiff

Save Cardiff's live music venues

29/3/17

Housing

Universal Credit is making the housing crisis worse

24/3/17

Obituary

Obituary: Brenda Proctor 1950-2017

triangleMore Reviews and comments articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle26 Apr Health Campaigns Together meets to chart the way forward

triangle26 Apr TUSC's programme for local jobs and services

triangle26 Apr Jobstown trial begins

triangle26 Apr The real origins of May Day

triangle26 Apr How Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party

triangle26 Apr BMW strikers determined to win pensions dispute

triangle25 Apr A bold socialist campaign could get rid of the Tories

More ...

triangle2 May Doncaster TUSC election rally: Tories Out, Corbyn4PM, Socialist Steve for mayor

triangle2 May Manchester Socialist Party: Can Corbyn win on socialist policies?

triangle2 May Bristol Socialist Party: Kick he Tories out!

triangle2 May Merseyside TUSC pre-election public meeting

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice