BBC presenter slams Authorities coverage amidst crackdown on advantages and job-hunting push

A BBC presenter has slammed the Authorities‘s plans to crack down on advantages and push for unemployed folks to seek out jobs.

Ade Adepitan, one of many first bodily disabled tv presenters within the UK, contracted polio as a toddler, subsequently inflicting harm to his legs that left him wheelchair sure.

Nevertheless, the 50-year-old took to social media final Sunday to launch a plea for the Authorities to understand that their new coverage “is discrimination” and branded the nation “inaccessible”.

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The BBC presenter has slammed the Authorities’s plans to crack down on advantages and push for unemployed folks to seek out jobs.

This comes after Chancellor Jeremy Hunt introduced plans final Wednesday (22 NOV) to cease advantages for individuals who don’t search for work inside a six-month interval.

Video reveals Adepitan in his wheelchair at Glasgow Central practice station as he explains: “So I’m about to say bye-bye to Glasgow.

“I had one night time right here, had a fast job after which I’m going again to London. However earlier than I’m going, I simply need to make a fast political level truly.

“Don’t change off, don’t get bored, I believe that is essential.”

He continues: “I heard the federal government mainly speaking about getting folks again into work, taking them off advantages in the event that they refuse to go.

“My thought is what about disabled individuals who can’t get into work as a result of we haven’t made a transport system that’s accessible and we haven’t made sufficient of the nation accessible.”

Adepitan questions: “Why don’t we begin checking out the infrastructure first earlier than we begin demonising folks? Simply saying, alright.”

Adepitan posted the video to social media yesterday (SUN), with the caption: “Assist get the message out to the UK Authorities that that is discrimination.

“You possibly can count on folks with disabilities to get out and get to work when your public transport system nonetheless doesn’t meet necessities for folks with disabilities to take action. Wild.”

The clip has since acquired over 8,000 likes and greater than 190 feedback from customers echoing the previous wheelchair basketballer’s views.

One mentioned: “I can’t inform you how typically I’ve been instructed to attend for the subsequent bus or practice as a result of the one different wheelchair spot is already taken.”

One other replied: “However that will require ahead pondering and our authorities aren’t able to ahead pondering. They’d reasonably simply preserve making an attempt to divide us all.”

A 3rd agreed: “The Authorities don’t need to do any arduous work like that. They’d reasonably level their finger at folks with disabilities and name them lazy and many others.”

One other wrote: “I realised how dangerous accessible locations are once I began pushing a pram and it was an eye-opener how dangerous should it’s for anybody with restricted mobility.”

A fifth commented: “I utterly agree, they don’t appear to have considered the results or help folks would want.”