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(not satire I’m ashamed to say)

In a heartbreaking letter to the Scottish newspaper the Daily Record, a 13-year-old boy whose disabled father died of a heart attack after he had his benefits stopped has accused David Cameron’s “changes” to disability benefits of killing genuinely disabled people like his dad.

Most of his anger is directed at ATOS, the firm employed by the Department of Work and Pensions to assess whether disabled people are fit for work as part of the Con-Dem government’s drive to cut billions from the welfare bill.

In his letter, the boy says:

ATOS need to know their changes are killing genuine people like my dad. It has to stop before more people lose their lives.

But later in the letter, he also goes on to say:

So them (ATOS) and David Cameron need to see the bigger picture and know their changes are killing genuine people like my dad.

The news is being reported in Scottish media and by disability activist groups but is being completely ignored by most of the mainstream media everywhere else.

Could it be because they know that if such a devastating accusation from a child were to be widely reported across the UK, it is the kind of thing that can turn around public opinion, bring about resignations and even bring down governments?


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For more examples of how government policies killing people, see this article from think-left.org:

This Government is killing people


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