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How disheartening for sick and disabled people that on the day the Tories made a big show of acting on coronavirus, another of their number has died after being (wrongly?) deprived of benefits.

Tory Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced one measure after another to (financially) encourage people to help reduce the effect of the pandemic.

Did he make any offer at all to people on disability benefits?

Did he offer to increase the amount being paid to people, in order to make it possible for them to actually survive with some dignity?

Did he promise that medical evidence would be heeded by benefit assessors, rather than routinely ignored in order to pretend that people don’t qualify?

If he did, then I didn’t hear him.

And now we hear that Christian Wilcox, who had schizophrenia along with physical disabilities, has died after being told he did not qualify for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

He had stated on the social media that an assessor had ignored the amount of pain he was in – and this tallies with information that has come into the public domain, showing that more than 7,000 PIP applications were doctored by DWP-employed assessors over the last two years.

Charities have demanded an independent inquiry into the deaths of benefit claimants but they might as well be spitting into the wind for all the good it will do them.

Even if the Tories did eventually agree to one (don’t hold your breath waiting), experience suggests that they would accept its findings, say they would work to make the system better… and then do nothing at all about it.

The Tories are making a fuss about coronavirus because they know that the majority of the general public are concerned and their behaviour could affect the way people vote in the future.

They can’t give a rat’s rear end about sick and disabled people because they have spent years indoctrinating the majority into thinking that such people are “useless eaters”, as the Nazis called people with the same conditions in the 1930s.

Bear that in mind when you hear commentators giving any kind of praise to the Tories for their Budget.

Source: Disabled man dies after speaking out about his benefits being cut | The Independent

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