Ian Clarkson, 55, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 11 years ago. Having already been already hit by disability cuts once, he knows all about the terrible impact this can have on health, both mentally and physically. Ian says further cuts are simply unacceptable.
“Three years ago, I was declared ‘fit for work’. I felt so deflated – I was a building site manager and enjoyed my job but I had already been living with Parkinson’s for 8 years and was nowhere near capable of working. I appealed the decision and had a hugely stressful 3 months waiting to hear my fate. If I get too stressed my tablets don’t work and that just made things even worse. Thankfully, the decision was overturned but the prospect of losing benefits again is dreadful – I would have to give up my car and be a prisoner in my own home. Life is hard enough to cope with having Parkinson’s without all the worry of what the Government is going to do to us next.”