I read a story in our local paper yesterday which I had mixed feelings about. A young man was reduced to shoplifting because his £197 a wk benefit, including Disability allowance, had been cut to £30 a wk..He stole clothes and baby stuff. He will be sentenced next wk. At first I thought "poor bloke, he must be really desparate, that is a big drop in income and you cant keep a family on that". There must be loads of this sort of thing going on now.But then I read what he gets Disability for. Chemical addiction (drug dependancy). THAT IS SELF INFLICTED. At this point I was very angry that people like us who suffer illnesses NOT BY CHOICE, are having their benefits taken away. No one forced drugs into his body. So I think £30 a wk is punishment. Its his family I feel sorry for. Perhaps a stay in prison will actually help him to get off drugs.
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