A lose-lose situation: the DWP’s Catch 22. | EmsyBlog

As an ill person, the expectations the DWP have of me are a bit confusing. I’m told that in order to be a productive member of society I have to work, that working is the best option for everyone and that their aim is to get everyone working. Yet, as soon as I try and be productive and proactive, I’m told I’m not ill enough to be receiving any help. Which means you cannot win. You cannot be productive while also being ill as the DWP don’t have a box for that. You can’t be a professional, an educated person because if you’re able to be educated and have a profession then you’re clearly not ill. The truth, as it always is, is far, far more complicated than that.

Me doing an MA does not means I don’t still have chronic pain.

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10 thoughts on “A lose-lose situation: the DWP’s Catch 22. | EmsyBlog

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I’ve heard Iain Duncan Smith suggesting the same, but I can’t say I know it to be true. In fact, coming from him, the opposite is more likely.

      1. Andy C

        Cut and pasted from “The Klaxon” a blog that’s been collating info about IDS, here’s what he has actually said

        from – http://the-klaxon.blogspot.co.uk/

        20) He has in the past visited Aushwitz, but on a BBC interview he was caught saying

        “…Work actually helps free people…”

        Arbeit Macht Frei anyone? (If you don’t know these were the words over the gate to the entrance of Aushwitz)

        4mins 19seconds in on BBC morning news

        “Iain Duncan Smith MP: Reflections on a visit to Auschwitz amid political crises back home” Iain Duncan Smith, 20 May 2009

        Looks like he done it again. Following comments from Mike Sivier about a speech made by IDS from Monday 24 August 2015 –

        “… Work is good for your health … ”

        In fact, if you have a mental illness, work can drive you to an early death via a combination of (among others) stress, anxiety, depression and paranoia.

        Duncan Smith’s claim that “Work is good for your health” may therefore be seen as a lie – almost as great a lie as the slogan from which it was adapted.

        “Unrepentant IDS will persecute the sick no matter what the death statistics say” ,Mike Sivier, 25 August 2015,

        IDS’s full speech – “Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP: speech on work, health and disability”, 24 August 2015

  1. Nick

    Living in the uk has always had this anomaly the same as asking for help from a charity or whatever the bottom line is there is no help the websites are eye candy only which are run by wealthy people

    The uk is the worst country in the world that i know of in which the above is found which is utter nonsense

    how this type of garbage got off the ground is unclear as back in the fifties where i grew up you got a good belting for talking like in that letter

    there were only ever 2 options and they were get involved or keep out and your mouth shut and that was it be you at school or at home put up or shut up

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