Jake Adey (right) with mother Lee Adey [Image: Slough Observer/Twitter.]

This is evidence that nothing has changed since the work capability assessment was taken over by the Tories in 2010 – and that Tory attitudes haven’t changed in more than a century.

The test follows biopsychosocial theory – or at least the “psycho” part of it. It assumes that illness is all in the mind.

People who suffer from mental health problems – for example, after traumatic experiences such as that suffered by Mr Adey – are told there’s nothing wrong with them and they should get back to work.

If they try to comply, it is likely the long-term effect on them could be far worse, but the DWP isn’t interested in that. The Department follows the interests of its Tory paymasters – and that’s about saving money, not helping people.

It’s reminiscent of the treatment of shell-shocked soldiers during World War One.

Instead of dealing compassionately with the victims of that war’s barbarity, officers had them strapped to the wheels of field artillery while those guns were being fired – as punishment for cowardice.

That was more than 100 years ago.

What is the Tory government’s excuse for its modern-day barbarity?

The family of a man with mental health issues says he is being forced back into work by a Government department – which has gone against the opinion of his own doctor.

Jake Adey, 22, of Lynch Hill Lane, Slough, was diagnosed last year with anxiety and depression by the doctor he has had since he was baby, and is receiving medication. However, a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) assessment recently claimed there was ‘nothing wrong with him’.

Mr Adey was threatened with a knife last year, leading to extreme anxiety and difficulty coping in everyday life. He has only been signed off work for around six months.

Source: Man who ‘can’t leave house alone’ forced back to work by DWP


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