The Department for Work and Pensions office in London.

Skwawkbox has an alarming report today, showing that Universal Credit is rigged to do maximum harm to people with disabilities, in a very short time.

A source has told the site that UC contains what’s known as a “JSA [Jobseekers’ Allowance] equivalent time-out clause” that gives claimants just 24 months to find a job – or they will be sanctioned for an entire year.

That’s right: This means people with disabilities, who may be unable to take a job because of their condition, or who may be refused a job because of it, could be thrown off-benefit, with no means of support at all.

Skwawkbox reports that the claim was corroborated by an “insider” within the DWP.

It seems that claimants in the Work-Related Activity Group (WRAG) are in danger: “If WRAG claimants haven’t found work within two years, under the new rules they will be sanctioned for a year.”

Skwawkbox writer Steve Walker puts this into context:

Blanket, deadline-based sanctioning of 100% of the people put into a group by a medical assessment that is widely considered arbitrary.

That’s right – the assessment system is fatally flawed and is basically a matter of whether the person carrying out the test has met their quota of people to remove from benefit on that day.

The sanction (allegedly) cuts off claimants’ life-supporting benefits after two years. They are then left to survive on what resources are available to them, and then to die when those resources run out.

And you know what the worst part is?

The government does not monitor the health of former claimants beyond a narrow, two-week period around the time when they are notified that their claim will cease. If a disabled person dies, as a result of having their benefit sanctioned, but after that two-week period, the government will never accept blame for the death.

But if it won’t willingly do so, it should be made to.

It is social murder.

Vox Political would like to appeal for those of you who know a person in this situation to keep a very close watch on their health and well-being. Keep a diary of changes in their situation due to the actions of the DWP. And, if they are sanctioned off-benefit under these rules, take careful note of what happens to them afterwards.

Evidence. That’s what we need – and lots of it.

Otherwise the murderers will get away with it.

I expect they’re already calling it the perfect crime.

NOTE: Some readers have contacted me to question the information in the Skwawkbox article. I have therefore written to the Department for Work and Pensions, requesting clarity.


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