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Look at what the UK has become under a Conservative government that would penalise disabled people who don’t use their walking sticks while putting out the bins.

Darren and Tracy Grylls, of Plymouth, were told their benefits have been frozen – pending review – because a neighbour had seen them walking without the aid of sticks.

Apparently Mrs Grylls has also been criticised for leaning on a shopping trolley in a supermarket, rather than her walking stick. This is a common habit among people who have difficulty walking.

But the Department for Work and Pensions is already aware that they do not need to use their sticks for everything.

Tracy suffers with severe arthritis and Darren has Spina bifida occulta as well as non-alcohol related chronic liver disease, which makes prolonged movement difficult. Both have diabetes.

And now they are afraid to leave the house, for fear that the person who is spying on them will make another misleading video.

The Tories have spent years promoting a false narrative that people claiming sickness and disability benefits are “scroungers” and “skivers” – in order to deprive them of those benefits and endanger their lives.

That is what Mr and Mrs Grylls are facing now, as their ESA, care allowances and Personal Independence Payments have all been suspended, meaning they have no income at all.

Is this the kind of nation we want to be?

One in which vulnerable people are subjected to misery and poverty because their neighbours have been told to hate them?

Isn’t it time we changed our culture back into one that tries to help people, rather than hurt them?

Source: Plymouth couple’s benefits frozen by DWP because they can walk – Plymouth Live

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