I never thought that a good-news story would cause so much hate and division, especially among my own readers.
The Government was recently defeated at a social security tribunal, regarding the legal, and perhaps moral right of disabled refugees to access the UK’s disability benefits system.
The tribunal rightly, in my opinion, ruled that applying a restriction which prevented disabled refugees, many of whom have been tortured or suffer with disabilities caused by war and/or persecution, from applying for disability benefits under a strict and draconian residency test was unlawful – that it unlawfully discriminated against disabled refugees and their families. By the way, this isn’t EU law – it’s our own.
[contextly_sidebar id=”ZbvPdybxwV2oaxetwmYzP8Sqo3zVtwfi”]Naively, I thought that my morally correct and compassionate readers would welcome the news that their fellow humans – yes, they are human – would get access to appropriate support.
So you can understand my surprise when so many took the opposite view, questioning why disabled refugees should get disability benefits at all, when they themselves were turned down.
At this point, it’s important to say that the ruling only means disabled refugees will be permitted to lodge a claim. It doesn’t mean they’ll be successful… and they will have to go through the same assessment process as anyone else.
But the point I’m trying to make is that it would seem that the right-wing media and other hate-filled bigots have won: that people would rather pile blame for their own circumstances on anyone else apart from the government.
Divide and rule is clearly working, but I urge people to think twice before allowing it to take over their ‘train of thought’. Refugees and migrants, disabled or otherwise, are not to blame for your own circumstances. Direct your anger and frustration at the REAL villains. Reject the Tory policy of hate and division. Because they are ultimately responsible for the problems you face.
The mark of a civilized society is how we treat the most vulnerable, regardless of ethnicity, where they call home or who they call god. It’s a fundamental belief and ideology held by all of us at Welfare Weekly.
In short,.. it’s called human decency.