Now we have proof the DWP has harmed the mentally ill, is Iain Duncan Smith proud?

ESA sanctions ranked by disability: Notice that mental illness attracts by far the largest number of sanctions. Aren't these the people who are most likely to commit suicide in such circumstances?

ESA sanctions ranked by disability: Notice that mental illness attracts by far the largest number of sanctions. Aren’t these the people who are most likely to commit suicide in such circumstances?

Yet again, the Department of Work and Pensions has been revealed as an organ of monstrous bureaucratic cruelty this week, with a report from the charity Mind showing that the DWP is three times more likely to sanction someone with mental health problems than to help them find work.

The report states that 250,000 people with mental health issues are receiving Employment and Support Allowance, and of these, 19,259 were sanctioned last year while only 6,340 were helped into work in the same time frame.

Employment and Support Allowance is supposed to act as a safety net, to prevent Britain’s most vulnerable citizens from extreme levels of poverty.

If you’re suffering from a mental illness, the safety net is filled with holes and suspended over a pit of sharks, each with Iain Duncan Smith’s face. The analogy is flippant, but the facts are anything but.

The levels of distress that arbitrary sanctions can bring to people suffering from severe depression, anxiety, and eating and personality disorders are huge.

To inflict this kind of stress on someone already struggling with a mental health problem is nothing short of barbaric, and yet the DWP continues to trample those who need help beneath its great, crushing wheel of incompetence and cruelty.

Another stellar idea from the Department of Work and Pensions has been to station DWP employees in food banks, ostensibly help those seeking emergency food supplies to find work.

Ironically, this is clear proof that Iain Duncan Smith is aware of the effects of his punitive measures. He knows that sanctions have forced more than a million people to rely on emergency food, and by placing DWP advisors in food banks, he is essentially making food banks an accepted part of social security in Britain.

Source: Here’s the full spectacle of Iain Duncan Smith’s DWP horror show. With a UN investigation on the way, I wonder if he feels proud | Voices | The Independent

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14 thoughts on “Now we have proof the DWP has harmed the mentally ill, is Iain Duncan Smith proud?

  1. Florence

    The Department of Witch-hunts and Punishment have institutionalised disablism against those with MH problems, by instructions to Job Centre to exclude them from the rules governing the treatment of vulnerable.

    I wonder if there is any organisation that would be willing to take a test case on this, where the vulnerable claimant should get at least 2 face to face meetings with Job Centre staff before any sanctions can be applied, and whereby hardship payments are unlocked from day 1.

    Mind have done a good job publicising these figures, but I do wonder about the need to present it all in the context of those “found jobs”.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Do you know what? I’ve been looking for a good alternative name for the DWP, practically since I started writing about it on this blog. “Department of Witch-hunts and Punishment” is perfect! Thank you very much!

      1. Florence

        you’re welcome, Mike! I still have a soft spot for

        The Department of Whitewash and Perfidy
        The Department of Withheld Payments
        (The Duplicitous Whore of Politicians might be a bit too strong….)

        Those years of being a strange child who read the Thesaurus now have payback!

  2. amnesiaclinic

    This has to change. Write to your MP and then in small groups go and see your MP. Write to the local paper but even better, get on to the local council, or again with a small group go to the meetings and speak up. Ask questions and lobby for services not to be cut and get involved.
    We need everyone to turn this around.
    And we can make a difference!

  3. A-Brightfuture

    IDS has not only harmed people with MH issues, he and George Osborne has caused damaging anxiety to all other groups who rely on welfare and social housing.

    The Tory Government have created a fear so insidious that some people may never recover emotionally from the insecurity that has been created.
    Only 3rd world corrupt governments do that.

    Vampires in charge of the blood banks.

  4. Helen Turner

    Re putting dwp personel in food banks,thought that many users were actually in work!horrendous idea anyway,being bullied and spied on when having to go beg for food.humiliating enough.

    1. Florence

      This move must be resisted. They cannot put their spies in the voluntary sector, it will destroy the vital trust.

  5. toocomplex4justice

    More comments on how IDS should be imprisoned/sectioned but no suggestions of how to achieve this. I have been damaged by JCP maladministration and deliberate misinformation and my doctors letter states that I am vulnerable yet the attacks continue relentlessly. So I am willing to get the ball rolling but who do I make the complaint to? The police? They won’t make a report even if you are physically attacked in front of witnesses and CCTV cameras. the JCP? I have had 3 special payments of £100 to compensate me for losses of over £25000 and a mental health breakdown caused by incorrect decision making. My MP? By the time I got an appointment and sent in my docs she had been voted out and the mailbox closed. So how do we stop this lunatic and his flu lies without an assassination?

    1. Phil Lee

      I think you nailed it in the last word there.
      After all, it’s a war that he started, and we’ve already taken thousands of casualties, so self-defence is perfectly justifiable.

  6. Barry Davies

    Of course IDS is proud he has done exactly what he was told to do, the outcome of his doing this won’t concern him at all because as we all know the tories only want “hardworking” people they are not in the slightest bit concerned about the sick and disabled or those unemployed because of loss of jobs and flooding of the jobs market.

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