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UK: Hostile attitudes towards disabled people on the rise

Posted 19/5-11 at 12.55

A survey has shown that since the government launched its benefits reform disabled people have faced growing public antagonism.

A majority of those questioned reported that they experienced hostility, discrimination and physical attacks from strangers every week. More than a third claimed the position had worsened over the previous 12 months.

In the survey, 37% said besides being abused in the streets, they were also being wrongly reported to the benefits fraud hotline and accosted when trying to use parking spaces reserved for disabled people. Ministers have been blamed for portraying disabled people as scroungers as they seek to cut the number of people on the disability benefits.


Editorial comment: These negative attitudes have undoubtedly been fanned by newspapers such as the Daily Mail that have run grossly misleading stories about disabled people and benefits. For more details see DAA article - UK: Daily Mail and misleading articles on disability benefits



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Comment added 19/5-11 at 15.17 by: author (jonathanchase@mac.com)

The worst problem is the very loose and erratic, often ballistic use of the term 'disabled'. The fact is also that there are people labeled disabled who'd be better off thinking of themselves as mildly incapacitated.

The media are going to sensationalise this, I was contacted by a journalist the other week wanting to know if I knew of any disabled people being negatively affected by the reforms. He wasn't interested in any positive stories.

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