I received a telephone call. It was from a claimant at Ashton Jobcentre. They were panicking and I could hear them crying. I asked what was wrong and they said that they had received a letter stating that they had to attend a work programme course in a different town too far away to walk and they didn’t have enough bus fare to get there.
The claimant sat down and said that they couldn’t do this anymore. They wanted to end their life. It was too hard. How many things are they going to be asked to do, they said.
This [person] is very vulnerable with health issues. They were found fit by the gods of Atos and were now being put into situations that they are finding very difficult to deal with.
Comrades took them to a safe place and provided the compassion that they needed. Made sure that they had enough food etc and a list of things to do – one of them being to be put back on ESA.
The stress of the Jobcentre is literally killing them.