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Fear: Former Paralympian Carly Tait said it was devastating to be told her Motability car could be taken away.

If this information is accurate, you can’t blame people with disabilities.

Only days ago, we learned about a woman with stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a very serious form of cancer – who was denied Personal Independence Payment because she was considered not to be sick enough.

The problem is that failure to exercise, even in a rudimentary way, may affect the life expectancy of a person with a long-term illness or disability.

We’re often told exercise is good for us, after all.

So it is possible that, by doing what they think will ensure that they continue to receive benefits, these people are doing the Tory government’s dirty work for it.

It’s a particularly nasty Catch-22.

We should be glad that a future Labour government will take a good, hard look at the benefit system, with a view to restoring its original purpose as support for people in need, rather than their doom.

Disabled people avoid exercise as they fear being stripped of much-relied on benefits for appearing “too independent”, campaigners say.

New research, published by Activity Alliance, says that almost half (47%) worry the government will cut their benefit if they seem too active for a disabled person.

But almost two-thirds (65%) said they rely on benefits to maintain a healthy lifestyle and that, without support, they could not afford travel, specialist equipment and paid-for exercise.

Source: Almost Half Of Disabled People Fear Being Stripped Of Benefits For Being ‘Too Active’

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