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This is exactly what Debbie Abrahams was talking about when she said the “healthcare professionals” who conduct benefit assessments must be held to account.

Here’s a lady who is five months away from retirement age and disabled. Whoever carried out her work capability assessment has messed it up, by all appearances, and the DWP has compounded the crime by giving her a load of waffle that it’s not worth appealing.

Of course it’s worth appealing – even such a short time away from retirement – because every successful appeal is more proof that the Tories’ genocidal hate campaign against the sick and disabled must end.

A claim that it “wasn’t worth” appealing is an attempt to stave off that eventuality, because DWP officers know they’re doing wrong.

They’ll all say they were “only following orders” – the Nuremberg defence – when push comes to shove. It will have been their bosses’ responsibility – except of course that responsibility for actually pushing someone off-benefit and into financial trouble lies with the person who made the decision, so that doesn’t work.

But push won’t come to shove with no evidence that it needs to – and that’s why this lady needs to appeal.

I then spoke to a 64 year old lady who was clutching hold of her large empty shopping trolley that she was carrying. She told me that she had failed her ESA medical and also had been told that it wasn’t worth her time appealing. I told her that it is always worth appealing.

She then went on to tell me that her advisor had told her that she had to sign on daily. Yes daily. She’s 64 and disabled.

What sort of job are they expecting her to find? Her advisor told her that there is a job for everyone.

Well I disagree with that. No there isn’t.

She will receive her pension in February. I informed her of her right to appeal, of why she should appeal and that she should do this as soon as possible.

Let’s look at this realistically, no one would employ her and why should she have to find work. Shes disabled and should, if the law hadn’t been changed, be claiming her pension already.

Source: Stressed. 64 year old lady told to sign on every day. A rotten morning.  – The poor side of life


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