Blackburn pensioners fight ‘chilling’ Coalition attempt to slash disabled benefits (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Blackburn pensioners fight ‘chilling’ Coalition attempt to slash disabled benefits
TWO pensioners from Blackburn have set up their own disability group to fight the Government’s overhaul of the benefits system.
Eddie Duxbury, 81, of Queen Victoria Street, Mill Hill, and his friend Peter Newton, from the Redlam area, have compared David Cameron and his Coalition’s vision to check eligibility of people on disability benefits as having “chilling comparisons with the Nazis in the 1930s”.
They have set up the Disability Action Group (DAG) to raise the profile of the area’s disabled population and have already written to Iain Duncan-Smith MP, the Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
Mr Duxbury said: “It’s been said that the Department for Work and Pensions want to knock 85 out of every 100 disabled people off benefits.
“We were incensed by it and didn’t know of any group in the North West who were going up against this so we decided we would write.
“We want to protest and publicise what is going on. If nobody stands up to these slash and burn systems, then we will lose everything.
“The Government’s brutal discrimination against the disabled has chilling comparisons with the Nazis in 1930s Germany when one section of the community, the Jews, was demonised and finally destroyed.
“Is Cameron’s Britain going down the same path and who’s next after the disabled?”
Mr Duxbury and Mr Newton were chair and vice-chair of the Bank Top Community Association from 1994 to 2000 and believe their experience will help them to achieve their goals.
Anyone wishing to join the group is asked to telephone Mr Duxbury on 01254 278548.
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