I am fed up of the Daily Mail getting away with exaggerating the truth, or at times simply making stuff up. I was being a good lefty and being outraged about this Daily Mail article on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) when it struck me how much of it was simple gibberish.
For example it claims, “Some doctors believe the big rise in the number of children said to have ADHD is a direct result of their parents’ right to claim disability benefit of up to £10,000 a year”. Well this is curious on a number of levels. Firstly, do ‘some doctors’ really think this, or is this just a completely unfounded comment? Secondly, £10,000 – you would be lucky. If you receive the highest DLA payment you get £125 per week. This works out at about £6,500 per year. So, a fictional source ‘reckoned’ something that turns out to be completely untrue. Nice reporting!
I have blogged before about the importance of the DLA – please give it a read and ignore what our friends at the Mail have to say on the subject.