Letter: Disabled promises

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The Independent Online
Sir: Compare and contrast this extract from yesterday's Independent regarding the leak of proposals to tax Invalidity Benefit:

taxation would raise pounds 500m . . . cutting the income of 900,000 claimants . . .

with this extract from the Conservative Party Manifesto 1992 (The Best Future for Britain):

We are introducing new disability benefits which will, in the next Parliament, bring extra help to at least 300,000 people. By 1993-94 these and other improvements will mean that we will be directing an extra pounds 300m a year to long-term sick and disabled peop1e.

Any further comment seems unnecessary.

Yours faithfully,


Greater London Association

of Disabled People

London, SW9

29 October