Ann living in the Republic of Ireland and it is not a good thing. We have now ratified the EU convention on the rights of people with disabilities, yet we failed in ratifying the optional protocol, allowing us ability to make complaints to the EU under the convention, with little facility to do so in our own country. We go unheard in every sense of the word. This is unjust and leaves us more vulnerable and open to abuses. We are suffering. I am suffering.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
This is a considered email of a person i know,
an email sent to every TD she has been in contact over these past few years as a person with severe disabilities.
Please see her breakdown of her basic payment through Disability Pension :
Flat 193.50 Phon: 20.00
Fuel 20 ESB: 15.00
Tot Pmts 221.20 Total Deductions 35.00
Total amount received 186.20 THIS IS WHAT I AM LEFT EACH WEEK TO LIVE ON - not including deductions made now for the following:
Prescription medications :
macular degeneration meds 18etooth paste to save teeth as effected by sjogrens syndrome 17e
fish oils - brain nourishment 10e
eye drops gel
ceoliac pasta/cornflakes/breads eradicated from med list 25e per week at least (no tax rebate as i do not work)
12 chargeable items now TREBLED in cost leaving a bill per month for myself of - 19e monthly
Cost of my medication per month will now be 18e
_____________ 89.60 per month in costs.
my weekly pension after deductions at source is now - 186.20 if i divide my med bill in four i will then deduct again from this the sum of
22.25 leaving me with a basic living fund of 103.95e
this does not include Coal
- van insurance - petrol
- VHI payment ( i certainly could not quarentee best practise for crohns surgery to the public health sector with the high incidents of post-operative infections, my first surgery nearly saw me die in @@@@@ from post op infections, see their latest rating on this matter)!.
- phone bill.
please explain to me how on earth i am to live on this?
in the last few budgets i saw my basic rate of disabilty pension cut twice and an increase of medication payments.
to consider major items for my disability have already been funded this year
- repair to my mobility scooter - 500e
- acquiring a Lidl rollator 99e
- spoon and knife 37e I refused to pay this - specialised protective clothing in summer as the sun rays are so damaging to Lupus patients
- specialised wrap around sun glasses to protect eyes from sun, loss of moisture and cornea damage - see conditions above.
- back supports for computer chair.
- hearing aids E1.500e eachwhat you have done to me has beggared me
threatened my peace of mind
put the fear of god into me for my future
left me cold this winter (there isnt any oil in the tank at present)
i am fearful of best medical practise at the mercy of a very suspect local hospital.
I hope you sleep well in your bed tonight after seeing the above detailed outpouring of one sick individual living alone in this state where the European charter for people with disabilities has not been ratified, when all other european states have done so.
if anyone call inform me how a person can live on this with the cost of living here in Ireland higher than most of the rest of europe and add on taxes, levies, and so on so forth.
this is one individual and there are many many more that this goverment has brought to its knees in utter terror.
this email had received no acknowledgement this morning and i will await with held breath to see if one comes, on second thoughts maybe i should not, for i then would surely die for lack of oxygen.
Don't you just love politicians especially the ones devoted to being Leftish creative, eg our labour party?
Labour, you will never get my vote again ever. If i can help it, neither will people with disabilities ever believe you are on our left side serving us, the ones who depend on good decisions being made on our behalf.