Benefit sanctions achieve little more than increasing anxiety and depression – LSE

Benefit sanctions lead to increases in claimants’ anxiety and depression, and a re-assessment of the role of sanctions is needed as the UK slowly emerges from lockdown – according to the London School of Economics. According to a recent assessment, current sanctions policy can be considered to be ‘cruel, inhuman and degrading’. Importantly, there are straightforward steps that can be implemented to minimise the harms associated with sanctions and to help realise the basic right to a social minimum. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should … assess the impacts…

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Mental health crisis for autistic man as DWP stops his disability benefits

A man had to be referred to a mental health crisis team after the Department for Work and Pensions stopped his disability benefit. Aaron Calver, 29, is on the autism spectrum and has Asperger’s syndrome, Tourette’s syndrome, ADHD, anxiety and depression. He struggles to cope with everyday tasks and has received disability benefits since he was 15. But that did not stop the DWP from calling him to an assessment of his right to receive Personal Independence Payment, and then cancelling it. It seems he was told he was able to…

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Here is another death to add to the DWP’s body count

Does anybody remember a song by The Police called Murder By Numbers? One of the verses went like this: You can reach the top of your profession If you become the leader of the land For murder is the sport of the elected You don’t need to lift a finger of your hand. That certainly rings true in the case of Amy Nice, who took her own life because she feared that her Universal Credit would be sanctioned away from her because pen-pushers at the Department for Work and Pensions might…

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Is this another coroner covering up for the government after yet another benefit claimant is found dead?

Let’s get this straight: A man suffering from anxiety, stress and panic attacks, but who has still been deemed fit for work by our prejudiced DWP assessment system, tells a mental health practitioner “What’s the point”? He hands his car keys and bank details to his only acquaintance, saying he won’t need them any longer. Shortly afterwards, he is found dead on a beach, showing signs of drowning and hypothermia. And it isn’t enough to suggest that the DWP drove this man to suicide? This seems like more evidence that…

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Has the Season of Goodwill infected the DWP’s compliance unit?

It seems the answer to the above question is “yes”. Readers may recall that Mrs Mike received a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions’ ‘compliance unit’ at the end of last month, announcing that our home would be invaded by a ‘compliance officer’ on December 3. Particularly disturbing was the following passage: “What will happen if we do not hear from you? “If you fail to be available for this visit and do not contact me, your entitlement to benefit may be in doubt and your payments will…

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My bid to foil DWP persecution of people in the ESA support group

Insane as it may seem, the Department for Work and Pensions is actively pursuing people with long-term illnesses, apparently in order to make them increasingly anxious and thereby worsen their health. This will not be news to anybody who is familiar with the benefit system for the sick and disabled. All you others, take note. On Monday, Mrs Mike received a letter from the DWP. It said: “Notification of Customer Compliance Visit “We will be calling at your home. “A customer compliance officer … will be visiting you at your…

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Unrepentant IDS will persecute the sick no matter what the death statistics say

The publication of the DWP’s damped-down death statistics (we’ll be given ratios because the actual number of deaths is too inflammatory, we’re told) will be a victory for those of us who have campaigned for the facts, no matter what they actually say. If you didn’t know already, the DWP only announced that it would publish these figures on Thursday (August 27) after This Writer supplied his submission to the Information Tribunal on the DWP’s appeal against providing the actual numbers – a submission which included a request to have the…

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People with mental health problems ARE vulnerable and the DWP has lied AGAIN

A claim by the Department for Work and Pensions that jobseekers with mental health problems are not classed as vulnerable and may be sanctioned with impunity is false, documentary evidence has shown. Welfare Weekly revealed last week that JSA claimants with even the most serious mental health illnesses are not considered vulnerable by DWP. This has a knock-on effect when their Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) is reduced or stopped. In that circumstance, everyone can apply for a hardship payment totallying up to 60 per cent of their JSA, to help cover the cost of…

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The mentally ill are bearing the brunt of benefit sanctions in Wales

People with mental health problems in Wales are being punished for their conditions by benefit sanctions – or the threat of them, according to research by a group of Christian churches. Two-thirds of those who are sanctioned in Wales are unfit for work because of mental health problems – more than in the rest of the UK. It is likely that the sanctions add to the worry and stress which already cause terrible difficulty for these people. The information is revealed in the Welsh Data Supplement to the report Time to…

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Job centres to overcome mental health barriers to work | Wales – ITV News

What do readers think of this? This Writer has grave concerns. Is this a programme that tries to brainwash people into thinking that they’re healthy when they’re not – like the DWP’s own work capability assessment? Your comments are requested. The ‘Press Pause to Play’ programme was piloted in Swansea towards the end of last year, helping people with anxiety and depression through a combination of psychology, physiology and neuroscience. Run by a specialist stress and anxiety management company, the programme reportedly saw 50% of participants successfully run to work.…

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