Ashton Under Lyne Job Centre does it again – here’s SeerCharlotte71 on The Poor Side of Life blog:
Our demo yesterday was quiet but emotionally exhausting. We are hearing a lot of stories from people who are very obviously chronically ill.
These people … had sick notes from their doctors but the Jobcentre yet again are saying that these sick notes aren’t good enough. They are ignoring a lot of sick notes and in some cases losing them and claiming that they didn’t exist.
One lady who was obviously very ill and disabled has her money stopped for three months all over Christmas. She was freezing cold because she didn’t have the money to put her heating on due to having ‘pay as you go’ metres. She didn’t realise that she could get her housing benefit paid to her on a zero income basis either so she is now in debt to her landlord.
She challenged her non-payment and won but the job centre has refused to pay her the back pay that she deserves and is entitled to. On top of all this the job centre staff phoned her doctor up just to see if she was ill. They were so rude to the doctor that she felt the need to apologise to her doctor on their behalf.
To add insult to injury they have now made her attend the Jobcentre every day to complete a computer course…. Part of her illness is that she has memory problems.
More examples of this job centre’s inhumanity are up on The Poor Side of Life.
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