Re: [disabilitystudies] Disability Tax issues
- Hi Keith
How nice that we all share povetization of disability all over the world.
You got an invitation for the former political cal screw up. In Quebec our
new minister of health has been heard saying that people who use the state
resources should get a copy of their expenditure at the end of the year.
What I say to all of us is that we need to realize that we cost and pay more
for one reason and only one reason,those in power have built society to
meet only their needs, services are structure oddly and wealth is
Look at this, if I as a one handed person gets help getting my food prepared
its called social service. when rich people do it its called class
privilege. Who made such a dumb rule up? not me or you. They create the
problem let them pay the price.
Send back the invitation and ask them to send you the cost of the plate, to
even out the extra cost you endure for their errors.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Keith Armstrong" <keitharm@...>
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2001 6:06 PM
Subject: [disabilitystudies] Disability Tax issues
I have recently received a letter from a Mr William Hague, suggesting
that I give a donation to the Conservative Party of £5-10,000. If I
was to give a donation of £10, 000 I would be invited to have a meal
with members of the shadow cabinet. Now there are a number of reasons
why I will not take up such a kind offer.
One of them being that I do not even have £5, 000 to myself for any
purpose, including having a holiday in areas that would improve my
health or to even run a mobile phone (phone boxes are mainly
inaccessible to me from my wheelchair).
One of main reasons why I lack funds is because I am required to pay
an extra Disability Tax of over £3, 000 per year, on top of income
tax, the current community charge (or poll tax) and VAT on the
majority of items that I need. The main reason why I am required to
pay this additional burden is because of physical needs created by a
physical impairment that I had from my early childhood. Like the vast
majority of members of the disability community needing assistance, I
did not choose my condition.
This Disability Tax was quietly introduced by John Major's
Conservative Government and Tony Blair's New Labour Government. has
continued it without respite. I now understand that is new draft
guidance going through the system to allow local authorities, etc.
grab up to 55 per cent of income from any disabled person.
I doubt if Mr Hague will receive any donations from the good people
who help me who are paid by Camden Council, because Camden only pays
them at a rate of £5 per hour a rate that has not been altered since
To me having a need for physical assistance is not a luxury, I do not
get any favours. It does not entitle me to have any right to use
public transport, go the vast majority of cinemas, concert halls,
social clubs, theatres and or even many pubs. It does not
even entitle me to be considered equally with the vast majority of
First published in the Camden New Journal : 26 April 2001
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