I support government helping to make the lives of disabled people easier. It's what a civilised society should do. But I did wince when I saw £520 million a year is being handed out to people with absolutely no accountability and little detail of what the money is spent on.
According to the Sunday Telegraph the money is sometimes spent on visits to strip clubs, internet dating agency subscriptions and adventure breaks.
And in one case a 21 year old disabled man has used his taxpayer funded allowance to fly to Amsterdam to have sex with a prostitute.
We're entering a big taboo here, because no doubt most able bodied people don't like to think about the sexual needs of the disabled. One thing I learned when I was a nurse in Germany at the age of 18 was that just because you have some sort of disability does not make you a different class of person. You have the same emotional and physical needs as anyone else.
But even allowing for that, surely it can't be right for anyone, disabled or not, to use taxpayer's money to fund trips abroad to have sex with a prostitute. What's wrong with British prostitutes?!
Seriously, no disabled person I know would expect the state to fund activities of this nature. To say that "the desire for sexual intercourse is a matter of human rights" as Liz Sayce of disability group Radar, is patently ridiculous. If that is the case, perhaps every virgin over the age of 30 should take the government to the European Court of Human Rights.