Disabled people protest against cuts to their disability allowance [Image: Jay Shaw Baker/NurPhoto/Rex/Shutterstock].

Remember at the end of January, when This Writer said the treatment of the sick and disabled in the UK was a genocide, and deserved to be considered as such alongside those remembered on Holocaust Memorial Day?

Some commenters took it upon themselves to be highly insulted by the possibility that such a thing could happen in the UK, in this day and age.

They said the Tory government was doing nothing more than controlling benefit expenditure.

“Controlling benefit expenditure”? Some of us have a different phrase for it: Culling the stock.

Even the language is genocidal.

Use of the word “stock” to describe UK benefit claimants became commonplace in the Department for Work and Pensions under Iain Duncan Smith.

The suggestion that claimants are not human beings who deserve respect equal to everybody else is a classic technique of “dehumanisation” – Stage Four in the “Ten Stages of Genocide”.

How much evidence do you need?

The Tories are carrying out a genocide in plain sight. They use the classic methods outlined in the “Ten Stages”. The only difference is that, instead of murdering people outright, they are depriving the sick and disabled of the means to survive.

The DWP’s own rule book accepts that people will suffer declining health if their benefit is sanctioned. But it seems it does not suggest that a sanction should not be applied if a sick or disabled person is expected to suffer a more serious decline than one in good health.

And of course the DWP does not consider it to be any of its business if a claimant dies of starvation after their benefit claim has been denied.

We have all read many stories of sick and disabled people who have died after being sanctioned, or after their claim has been denied. It is a commonplace occurrence.

Yet some people say there is nothing wrong with it – it’s just “controlling benefit expenditure”.

Call it what it is. Call it genocide.

Disabled people receiving state benefits have been hit with a million sanctions in less than a decade, according to alarming new evidence that they are being discriminated against by the welfare system.

A comprehensive analysis of the treatment of unemployed disabled claimants has revealed that they are up to 53% more likely to be docked money than claimant who are not disabled. This raises serious concerns about how they and their conditions are treated.

The findings, from a four-year study by academic Ben Baumberg Geiger in collaboration with the Demos thinktank, will cause worry that a government drive to help a million more disabled people into work over the next 10 years could lead to more unfair treatment.

Sanctions – the cutting or withholding of benefits – are applied as a punishment when claimants infringe the conditions of their payments by, say, as missing appointments or failing to apply for enough jobs.

Source: More than a million benefits sanctions imposed on disabled people since 2010 | Society | The Guardian

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