Disabled couple fear cuts will separate them

A YOUNG disabled man fears proposed government cuts will mean he will be unable to travel to see his disabled girlfriend, leaving the pair “heartbroken”.

Robert Wallace, of Lonsdale Road in Stevenage said the planned change from the current Disability Living Allowance to a Personal Independence Payment will leave him without the money to get to West Yorkshire where his girlfriend Heidi lives.

The 28-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and works part-time as a web content manager at Lonsdale School in Stevenage, met Heidi while volunteering with Leonard Cheshire Disability six months ago.

Robert said: “We both use our allowance to visit each other and we are very concerned that when the DLA changes to PIP we might not be able to afford to go and see each other anymore.

“At the moment we take it in turns to travel to each other’s homes once a month. If we couldn’t afford to do that any more it would be heartbreaking for us both. Doesn’t everyone have the right to visit their loved ones?”

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The couple joined an estimated five thousand other disabled people in London earlier this month as part of The Hardest Hit march against the cuts which the think-tank Demos estimates will slash �9 billion off disability allowances this parliament.

“It was important to me and Heidi to attend the march together,” Robert added. “We were sending out a very important message to the government – ‘stop the cuts’.”

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