Sanctioned pregnant lady; disabled man told to travel miles to travel to his ESA assessment | The poor side of life

These are true stories of benefit claimants attending Ashton-under-Lyne Job Centre on Thursdays – the reality of the Department for Work and Pensions under the Conservative Party:

We spoke to a young couple who even though they are working they are struggling. Because they don’t work full time they are on Universal credit and they don’t have a penny to spare. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Universal Credit is hell on earth.

We spoke to a lady who was rushing out of the Jobcentre. I asked her what was wrong, was she ok? She told me that she was pregnant and they had sanctioned her. She couldn’t stop though because she was in a rush to collect a bank statement. I gave her a leaflet and told her that we would be here next week if she wanted to talk, and for her to read the advice on the leaflet.

We spoke to a lady who had just been informed that she had been sanctioned for not answering a telephone call from the DWP. She had already told them that her mobile phone was broken, but they ignored this fact and sanctioned her anyway. She will be appealing.

I spoke to an older, disabled gentleman who has to use a motorised scooter to get around. He had recieved a text to inform him that he had missed his ESA medical assessment in Huddersfield. Huddersfield is miles away, a train ride away and he would have massive problems being able to make this journey. I’m not sure if he had recieved a letter from the assessment centre informing him of this, but I told him that even though it is scary he must open the brown letters that come through his letterboxes. Many people are scared of opening them, the whole system makes you scared because they hold your future in their hands.

We gave him some good advice and helped him.

We spoke to a young couple with a young baby and a toddler. Both the children were ill, and they had a sickness bug. Even so they had to attend their appointment even if that meant that one of them had to keep running out of the building with a child that had been sick. Why can’t they just leave people alone. The mother of the children is also disabled, and in my opinion she shouldn’t have to attend a Jobcentre appointment.

Source: Sanctioned pregnant lady, disabled man told to travel miles to travel to his ESA assement. Today’s demo.  – The poor side of life

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4 thoughts on “Sanctioned pregnant lady; disabled man told to travel miles to travel to his ESA assessment | The poor side of life

  1. Mandi

    Dwp just done exactly same to me Drs refused me a home visit for annual medical I told them I’m registered disabled and can’t get two buses and metro to the assessment centre I asked them to reconsider was put to the panel again and they were to phone me the decision today after no phone call from the incompetent staff they send me I’ve missed a medical when they cancelled it due to waiting of decision re looked at now they have stopped my monies!!! My disabled issues are I fell and broke my spine in two places and had to have tail bone taken out as smashed it to pieces the surgeon ballsed the surgery up and left me worse where I can’t even walk up the garden path without screaming in pain and I also have lung failure but they refuse me home medical this is the utter scum Tories party for you !!! So now disabled and no monies left st starve to death also !! As can’t still make it to medical centre I can’t even wash and dress myself I need carer to do this as in my mom she is in hospital I’ll at the moment worried sick about her deteriorating health having to lift and jump me about at 74 years old I asked for a carer to come get me ready washed etc and would need a taxi laid on which I can’t sit with tailbone etc pain from bodged surgery !! I suffer depression and serious anxiety where I can’t go out where people is freaks me out they no all this yet they still insist I go two buses and metro over one hour journey would take them 30 minutes only to do home medical why are they being such b*****ds to me you wonder why people commit suicide I might aswell be next cause now I’m not fit to have money to eat so die of hunger I must according to them such scum this country is now !!!

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