The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne MP has recently announced his intention to review Personal Independence Allowance (PIP) to save £1.2 billion over four years. This will entail hundreds of thousands losing out financially, including the elderly and wheelchair users.
One of the hardest hit towns will be Downham with its high population of senior citizens. Being disabled myself I philosophically accept my immobility through service to Queen and Country as a consequence of a career choice. What I do find unacceptable is the same Chancellor giving £500,000 from the British taxpayer at a stroke to a despotic Turkish Government without the same people having a choice in the matter.
This is part of a European Union multi billion pound package to keep the EU illusion alive by bribing Turkey into putting the brakes on massive migration, something they will renege on, in return for visa free travel in Europe and fast-tracking of membership to ‘the club’, thus still contibuting to more immigration. President Erdogan closed down a secular opposition newspaper with brutality. At our local level it is the same as Westminster closing down the Lynn News for political expediency. When Liz Truss MP campaigns for the ‘stay in’ campaign, can she look service veterans and others in their faces after them giving so much against a future of losing so much? How can the Rt Hon lady sell a EU package which threatens to incorporate a country with a poor record on real human rights without stretching the equality mantra into the Mediterranean Sea?
David Fleming, Downham Market