This is insanity. The DWP wanted the lady in this article to go to work, while the government paid for childcare to look after her disabled child.
Firstly, in any scheme that would work, this would cost more than the DWP is already shelling out.
Secondly, no allowance is made for the individual needs of the child concerned, or the fact that the parent is the best-qualified person to deal with them.
What’s the betting the DWP will get away with this attack on carers – simply because it doesn’t affect most of the population so they won’t care?
Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the changes that are occurring in the DWP. It seems like a never ending turnstile of changes. I usually get alerted to the big changes fairly early on before they happen, but I missed this one.
A lady approached me outside the Jobcentre yesterday during our weekly demonstration. To say she was a bit annoyed was an understatement. She is a full time carer for her disabled son. His condition is unpredictable at times and as a result they are in receipt of a high level DLA payment. It’s not easy to get a high level award and this lady has fought very hard to get this.
She had received a letter from the Jobcentre. She had been asked to go into the Jobcentre for a mandatory back to work meeting. To make matters worse they didn’t send her to her nearest Jobcentre, they sent her to one which wasn’t in walking distance, indeed it is a tram ride away. When she told me I was a bit shocked. She needs to be at home to care for her child, but apparently all this is changing now.
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