The Conservative Government seems to have an unending supply of these sickening (if not actually sick) individuals.
Mr Green is currently parroting former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith’s propaganda, and trying to pretend that every word has come to him of his own accord.
“In the long run there is nothing more expensive than saying to someone, ‘Here’s a benefit you can have for the rest of your life and we will ignore you,’” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
You can see that he is not really concerned about anybody’s health. He just wants to keep the money they need to survive. One wonders why he thinks he needs it.
“It’s not only expensive but bad for the individual concerned. The great mindset change I want to achieve is the acceptance that a good job is good for your health. The idea that sitting at home living on benefits is in any way good for people, particularly people with a mental health condition, is completely wrong.”
But a good job isn’t good for your health if you are too ill to do it. Hasn’t this buffoon seen I, Daniel Blake?
Silly question. Of course he has. That’s why he is launching his review.*
He wants you to think the government is reacting to concerns raised by Ken Loach’s social comment masterpiece – but instead of helping the sick, he is forcing an agenda of harm onto them.
His review is setting out to find more ways of lying to people that they aren’t sick enough for benefit, in order to send them out looking for jobs they can’t do – because they are too ill.
He will set them up to fail; he will set them up to die.
But that’s all right – his government does not check what happens to sick people it flings off-benefit. If they die within two weeks of the decision, it is recorded.
But we know many examples of people who have died after that period. Their deaths go unrecorded and the DWP carries on its merry way.
Do you have a relative or friend who relies on sickness benefits?
If so – and assuming you can’t be bothered to complain about the Conservative Government’s plans – I recommend that you keep a watchful eye on them.
Take careful note of what happens after they are told they don’t need benefit and must work for a living.
You just see if they actually become more healthy.
My bet is, you’ll be at their funeral within a year.
And the Conservatives will be delighted because they will have saved a few pennies.
Working is better for people’s health than “sitting at home living on benefits” for sickness and disability, the work and pensions secretary has said before the launch of a welfare review.
Damian Green will launch a consultation on disability and sickness benefits later on Monday. It will look specifically at how people qualify for sick pay and doctors’ notes, and review the controversial work capability assessments which determine whether disabled people are eligible for welfare.
There are some concerns that sick and disabled people could be pressured to return to work before they are ready.
*It turns out he hasn’t – according to the Mirror. That means he isn’t in a position to criticise it, but he has. He says it is “monstrously unfair” to Job Centre Plus staff who are paid to persecute the sick and disabled. Now, we all know the arguments, and some JCP staff do seem to have a conscience – but far too few, otherwise the Tory pogrom would not have gained the traction it has. It’s all about creating an atmosphere of fear; the JCP staff fear losing their jobs, so they persecute the jobless.
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