Scarborough Teen's Response to Proposed Benefits Cuts Goes Viral
An Eighteen-year-old Scarborough girl's open letter to David Cameron, condemning the cuts to disability benefits, has gone viral.Lydia Scott, who has multiple disabilities which cause her constant pain, composed her passionate response earlier this month.
The letter was then shared on Twitter by her father, TV & Radio Host, Greg Scott and has since received over nine thousand retweets and over 3 thousand likes.
Responding to Chancellor George Osborne plans to raise £1.2 billion for the Treasury through heavy cuts to disability benefits, Lydia said:
"The Government however says the cut will incentive disabled people to find work. DOES ANYONE UNDERSTAND HOW ABSOLUTELY FUMING THIS MAKES ME?
I will be the first to admit I receive ESA. This is because I am disabled. This is because my disability means I am unable to work. I am unable to work because my conditions mean I am unable to stand for long periods of time, but also mean I am unable to sit for long periods of time.
I cannot walk for long periods of time, but at the same time I cannot stand in one place for long periods of time. Every single joint and muscle in my body is affected through my conditions.
On a good day, I can walk around town for a bit. Maybe go on a VERY rare night out. But I will then pay for doing these things by being housebound for the next week, being left in pure agony, wishing I'd never bothered trying to be a normal teenager.
On a bad day, the thought of moving my eyes from left to right makes me want to throw up (throwing up meaning I have to use muscles, muscles which are in intense pain as it is). Yet I'm being told by this government that if they make cuts to my ESA claim, it may give me some incentive to work.
IT'S AS IF THEY'RE CALLING ME LAZY. AS IF I CHOOSE TO BE LIKE THIS.
I am one of the most ambitious people you will ever meet. I am desperately trying to think of ways I can make money independently. But instead I'm being called lazy for having a body that just plain doesn't work. Once the Tories have privatised the NHS, my life will basically be over.
Well done, Cameron."
Since her post caught people's attention on Twitter, Lydia has also been interviewed by local radio, BBC Radio 5 and national press.
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