Those genocidal maniacs at the Department for Work and Pensions are trying to cull the stock further by banning Job Centre staff from referring starving benefit claimants to food banks, it seems.
According to Lewes Eye, claimants will be referred to Citizens Advice or similar agencies that may be able to send them to food banks.
The aim appears to be to add another layer of delay so it takes longer for starving people to get the nutrition they need.
Food bank operators only found out after they asked current users to get new referral letters from their Job Centre, to check they were still qualified. Nobody appears to have told Citizens Advice, according to the report, or any other bodies that will now be expected to handle this.
Lewes Job Centre did email Lewes District Council’s tenant participation team. Reproduced in the report, it said: “DWP policy does not permit jobcentres to refer customers to food banks by issuing vouchers or referral forms.”
The Eye commented: “The DWP is doing this because the government is frightened that campaigners will be able to show that benefit cuts and the new Universal Credit are driving people into destitution. Last August the DWP told job centre staff not to record the referrals they made. Now they are going even further to stop the obvious link being made
“Never mind that it will be harder for people to get emergency food and for food banks to ensure that the food gets to those who need it most, the DWP is off the hook.”
Reporting the change on his blog, Universal Credit Sufferer, Alex Tiffin stated: “Speaking from experience, accepting you need to use a foodbank takes time. Many will be embarrassed and already starving so to send them to another agency to explain it all over again, is frankly disgusting.”
He stated: “Once again the DWP are placing all the expectation on the Charity sector to pick up their mess. Citizens Advice and charities are already under intense pressure due to the issues Universal Credit has brought. What’s more, this wild goose chase the DWP are sending claimants on will inevitably delay them getting the help they need.”
I say this is yet another tactic by the DWP to throw attention away from the fact that it is starving benefit claimants to death.
How many PIP claimants died while awaiting a decision – 21,000? And 7,990 died within six months of being told they didn’t qualify for the benefit.
Maybe these people had terminal conditions in any case, but they were also deprived of the means to support themselves and questions need to be asked about how far this contributed to the deaths.
This decision by the DWP puts people, who need help but aren’t getting it from the state, further away from the sustenance they need.
It’s chequebook euthanasia. I’ve been saying it for more than four years and it is still going on. The death toll is already greater than that managed against sick and disabled people by the Nazis in the run-up to World War II. When are we going to admit what the Tories – quietly, behind the scenes, are doing?
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