Here is the letter I’ve just sent to my local MP in support of @suey2y from Twitter, who writes the excellent Diary of a Benefit Scrounger blog. Please read her latest post here: Open Letter to Iain Duncan Smith
None of us can predict what the future holds. The scenario Sue sets out could happen to you or I tomorrow, next week, next year. We need to preserve support for everyone who needs it. Please please write to your MP in support of Sue. You can find your local MP here: http://www.writetothem.com/
Dear David Davies,
I’ve just read a blog post by Sue Marsh – an open letter to Iain Duncan Smith about ESA and I am asking you please to read it yourself @suey2y’s Open Letter to Iain Duncan Smith
I know the Coalition is committed to cutting the deficit, and to reducing the size of the state and it’s interference in the lives of individuals. But sometimes individuals and families can’t fix everything themselves.
Sue’s situation isn’t isolated. There are people up and down the country in similar straits, all in fear of what will happen to their families because their bodies have let them down.
You can argue about the number of addicts, alcoholics, obese or others whom you might term ‘undeserving’ and how you have to make the terms of welfare stricter to keep them from benefiting from the public purse. But to abandon families like Sue’s – is that an acceptable price to pay in order to exclude a few junkies.
We don’t want Britain to end up like Greece, but if the only alternative is to turn our backs on people in desperate need, then what are we fighting for?
I am asking you please to take this matter forward and to encourage Mr Duncan Smith and those in charge of the welfare system to work with Sue Marsh and the thousands like her to develop a system that addresses their needs, not one that abandons them after a year.