The DWP is still preying on the weak and vulnerable, no matter how it is presented

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The government is acting like an abusive partner with claimants, whom it can beat at will, and claimants are too scared to be able to do anything to escape due to their chronic ill health or disabilities, says Gail Ward.

So the Tories have finally announced the new criteria for employment and support allowance (ESA) reassessments and while it is good news in one way, it has hidden horrors that many people are totally unaware of.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) skulduggery never ceases to amaze me any more, as it lies to the public that it protects “the most vulnerable in society,” claiming it is saving the public purse by scrapping unnecessary assessments — which cause so much stress that people are literally killing themselves — so they can focus on helping people into work.

Work is their primary focus, I hear people say: “Well what is wrong with that?” Well in theory, nothing at all provided the jobs are there.

Many chronically sick people and disabled people are not well enough to do so. In the last eight years this group has faced the worst of the welfare reforms which have lead to disabled people taking to the streets in protest.

Many disabled people’s organisations and charities have called on the government to stop these cuts, and have even taken their fight to the UN in Geneva, which called it a “human catastrophe” and found that they led to grave and systemic violations of the rights of disabled people.

First they had to deal with transitions to ESA, then the abolition of the independent living fund (ILF). Cuts to care packages have left people abandoned, isolated in their homes, then we have had cuts to personal independence payments (PIP), with many losing the cars they rely on to continue employment or to see family and friends, and now we have the debacle of universal credit.

With more cuts to come next year to families and the two-child cap and many other outrages, it is nothing more than conscious cruelty to those who need the most support.

Source: Morning Star :: Preying on the weak and vulnerable | The People’s Daily

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  1. Jeffrey Davies October 14, 2017 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    so the final nail goes into the coffin they done it infront of the peasants showing up the benefit claimant’s has scroungers and they listen to it now when its theit turn to go sick get disabled they now they have their eyes opened but tolate

  2. Simon Lee Mountford October 14, 2017 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Hi my name is Simon, I am to a disabled person myself so I can speak from experience of this Conservative government have no idea what they are doing to the most vulnerable and those with disabilities or difficulties. We as a group of people have been getting the ruff end of the policies that this government have put into place, without taking the needs or considerations into how it really is affecting those at the bottom end of society. They are all so out of touch with what does really going on, as we are having to go with like a begging bowl to the local Job centers and trying to get the forms so that you can register for the local food banks in our areas.
    When will this government realize that with there Austerity Program and now Brexit we are being treated like third class citizens in the sixth richest country in the world.
    We should start looking after our own now before we have issues and problems that become an epidemic in our country. we should not give so much money to oversees aid and put it into our own county and look after our own before we start spending money on counties that we cannot see were the monies go. We need to get things right in our own country first before we throw money at other areas and also we now need to get rid of the Austerity Program.

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