Originally Posted by Fur & Feathers
not sure if this is exactly what meant so am sorry if not- but in own view working shoudnt automaticaly put someone on a hierarchy for disability help,many of us are born severely or profoundly disabled and never got the chance to do jobs before needing support,over here we have very vocal people as well as trolls on forums who bash people on benefits saying only those who have worked shoud get them,its totaly ignorant because they havent got a clue about disability and how different it can affect people;many of us have never worked because of being born disabled and how the impairments affect us; not because we are lazy scroungers.
some people;even many non disabled people are so vile and resentful to people on disabled benefits [such as SSI/SSDI],that they hold major bigoted views towards all disabled people and bully some of us to the point of severe mental health problems and suicide.
the people who get disability benefits [in any of our countries] through lying are a tiny minority,it was released over here under the freedom of information act of exact amount of people ripping off all UK benefits and it was like , because we constantly hear from the general public and the media about benefit frauds,the problem is benefit fraud is something to sell news with so it skews reality.
although have personaly never worked; mum and dad as once multiple job workers;now on pension have put more money into this country than probably all the disability benefit bigots in this country, and they dont begrudge people they dont know disability benefits which they may eventualy pay back into the country or may pay the country back in another way.
am guessing it will be because physical disabilities [non complex impairments] are 'barriers' that are a lot more easier to adapt for and get around in places such as jobs,over here people who have had both legs amputated have been refused disability benefit because they were able to use a wheel chair, but the benefits people didnt factor in the issues caused by using the wheel chair which meant they had extra needs because of disability [and thus shoud have qualified].
The UK has a system of which it can be very proud. No-one can deny that there are those who would take unfair advantage of it but that's no reason to deny it to those who qualify. The UK system has been developed over several decades now and it's not easy to cheat these days. The financial and other support given to the disabled, in addition to the NHS and State Pension scheme, is a an amazing achievement for a country that emerged from the Depression and WW!! economically on its knees.
I too am, to say the least, disappointed by the ignorant and provocative comments made by people who perhaps either expect never to be disabled and financially disadvantaged or seem to lack any form of social conscience in this context. Perhaps, as you suggest, some are trolling. If so, it's a very cruel way to amuse themselves.