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Vox Political recently received the following from commenter Stewart Bailey, regarding the assessment system for sickness and disability benefits (he doesn’t say which one, unfortunately).

His experience provides graphic insight into the failings of the system, which allows assessors to lie about claimants’ physical and mental condition in order to gain credit for pushing them off-benefit.

Here’s his comment. I’ll highlight the contentious parts.

There’s only one reason I’m now feeling p**sed off is because after my assessment I have been declared fit for work. On the letter I received they have contradicted about 95% of what I told them, what was on the form I’ve filled out and what my mother said to them as she’d come with me as a witness.

During the physical examination they said I got onto the examination table with no problems, even though I tried 3 times to do it forward and couldn’t do it so she had to tell me to do it backwards and on my second try managed to do it, as she told me to turn round that is classed as vocal assistance under the law.

Then they claimed I could do all the exercises they give me without struggling, even though my mum could see me grimacing an biting my lip from the other side of the room but the assessor couldn’t see it from the other end of the bed????

Also apparently I managed to do something in that room I haven’t managed to do in the 7 an half months before walking in there and seem to have lost that ability again since walking back out, which is being able to put weight on my left foot.

Then I was unable to get off the table until she’d fetched my crutches but again on the report it says I managed to get off with no problems or assistance.

I have now had to claim JSA while I go through the appeals process and had to go to the jobcentre today, even my advisor couldn’t think of anything that I would be able to do with what I have wrong with me and was actually sympathetic as she said she could understand what I was going through as she’d had the same injury as me a few years ago.

It doesn’t help that I have been stuck on waiting list after waiting list while going through the treatment I’ve been getting so far and need moving forward, as if I had I could of been back at work weeks or even months ago.

It’s a real scandal that the government would rather pay these organisations to penalise the sick and disabled, even though it’s been shown that it’s [costing] the government, or rather us taxpayers, more than they’re saving off the welfare budget.

Maybe if they invested that money in the NHS instead people might actually be able to get the treatment they need when they need it.

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