Almost Half Of Disabled People Fear Being Stripped Of Benefits For Being ‘Too Active’

 

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By Rachel Wearmouth in The Huffington Post .

‘You feel that whatever you say may be taken out of context,’ says former Paralympian.

Disabled people avoid exercise as they fear being stripped of much-relied on benefits for appearing “too independent”, campaigners say.

New research, published by Activity Alliance, says that almost half (47%) worry the government will cut their benefit if they seem too active for a disabled person.

But almost two-thirds (65%) said they rely on benefits to maintain a healthy lifestyle and that, without support, they could not afford travel, specialist equipment and paid-for exercise.

The study by the national body for disabled people in sport also found that four-in-five (83%) long to be more active.

Many told researchers they dread being reassessed for benefits such as Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), even if their reassessment date is years away.

 

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