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I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that this takes government incompetence to a new depth.

Who designs prescription forms? It has to be the Department of Health – right?

All the Department for Work and Pensions had to do was advise the Department of Health that a new box should be added, so Universal Credit claimants could declare their status, and all the DoH had to do was comply.

Yet this has not happened, and innocent claimants are getting the blame.

We all know what happens if benefit claimants lose even a small amount of money – it becomes almost impossible for them to meet their day-to-day needs.

Many are driven to despair, some to suicide, and some die because of their illnesses – because their lack of money makes it impossible for them to obtain their medicine or keep it in the required condition (remember David Clapson, everyone).

Of course, this could be intentional – another turn of the screw on the sick and disabled, as part of the Conservative Party’s genocidal “chequebook euthanasia” campaign against them.

Even if it isn’t, it is endangering lives.

That’s why I’m suggesting it takes incompetence to a new disgraceful depth.

An unemployed man was left in tears and without medication because of an error with the Tory Government’s botched Universal Credit roll-out.

Universal Credit claimant Matthew Smythe went to a pharmacist to collect the free medicine that he needs for an ongoing condition and is entitled to – only to be told that he could be fined up to £100 for not ticking the Universal Credit box on his prescription – even though such a box doesn’t exist.

This is because prescription forms have not been updated in line with the controversial new benefits policy – which is causing confusion and misery for struggling people.

Source: Jobseeker left in tears and without medication because of Universal Credit error – Liverpool Echo


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