A scandalous picture of suffering, trauma and destitution is painted by a former Work Programme adviser who was tasked with getting claimants off the employment and support allowance (ESA) sickness benefit, according to Melissa Viney in The Guardian.
Anna Shaw (not her real name) said some clients were homeless, many had had their money stopped and were literally starving and extremely stressed.
Many had extreme mental health conditions, including paranoid schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorder and autism. One – diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and homeless – said he had not eaten for five days.
Shaw can only speak out anonymously, because when she resigned, after just a few months in the job, her employer made her sign a confidentiality clause.
Ask yourself what kind of government department forces departing employees to sign a confidentiality clause about matters not covered by the Official Secrets Act.
There can only be one answer.
A criminal government – or at least, one that fears exposure as such.
Crucially important for those of us who study the government’s behaviour towards ESA claimants is the revelation that “fundamental issues”, such as physical and mental conditions, homelessness or domestic abuse, simply were not addressed.
And many clients were wrongly assessed as fit to work, including one with multiple sclerosis – a degenerative condition from which it is impossible to recover.
For the full, sorry details of Ms Shaw’s “non-job” of “ticking boxes” and sanctioning benefits, visit the story in The Guardian.
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