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Benefits ordeal has left me ashamed of my country 06 Jan 2018 13:35 #5593

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Benefits ordeal has left me ashamed of my country
When Gillian Tarn offered to help vulnerable friends navigate the benefits system, she could not believe the draconian and inhuman system she encountered

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Thu 4 Jan ‘18 19.54 GMT
Last year, two of my friends were called in for a reassessment of their benefits (Our benefits system is now a racket for cheating the poor, 2 January). Both suffer from arthritis and mental health issues. Both, following their health assessment reviews, had their benefits terminated. Both appealed and thanks to an independent judge and doctor had their benefits reinstated – and then some six months later were called for a further health assessment. It was this point that I offered to help. As a former headteacher, I am used to dealing with authority and to completing complex forms. I began by making phone calls to establish why my friends had been summoned yet again – three assessments in 18 months. I was passed from pillar to post: call centres in Hull, Doncaster and York. No one could tell me why, but advised that we must attend or risk losing benefits.

For Ms K’s assessment, we made the 18-mile trip to York. En route we got a phone call to say that our appointment was delayed one and a half hours. For Mr K’s appointment in York, we arrived to be told that it had been cancelled and he would receive another in due course. In both cases, benefits were allowed. However, the process was inhuman, causing extreme anxiety in already vulnerable people who have no additional financial resources to draw on. If I hadn’t seen this draconian process with my own eyes, I would not have believed my country capable of behaving like this. I am ashamed.
Gillian Tarn
Harrogate, North Yorkshire

www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/04/benefits-ordeal-has-left-me-ashamed-of-my-country
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Benefits ordeal has left me ashamed of my country 06 Jan 2018 16:44 #5596

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This is probably the tip of the iceberg :angry: .

"advised that we must attend or risk losing benefits."
The above is the only correct advice they can give and menace with threat :evil: .
underlined is something they really do get off on.
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Benefits ordeal has left me ashamed of my country 06 Jan 2018 16:54 #5599

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I`ve met a few people who told me that they got so fed up being hauled in and re-assessed that they didn`t bother persuing their claim. One woman I`ve met a few times got lucky and was employed by a local charity drop in centre part time and also a local primary after school club. She suffers from bad arthritis. I think there comes a point where you can`t see an end to the stress and you end up losing that will to win, but then you know if you don`t carry on that the end result will be signing on and even worse stress. So the goal is to keep fighting your corner if you feel you should be claiming ESA or PIP no matter what the system is.

If I could hold down a part time job I would be going for it, but I know I`m being delusional if I think I would (a) find a suitable job and (b) my health would suffer.
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Benefits ordeal has left me ashamed of my country 08 Jan 2018 18:21 #5615

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Now I know I was right about feeling they were rushing people through a bit quicker after my latest assessment. The waiting room wasn't even full at my medical and they still had to turn somebody away. Every 6 months for longstanding/terminal conditions is unnecessary. Making people travel long distances only to be stuck in a waiting room for ages no doubt detrimental to some and even having their appt cancelled after all that before having to make another wasted journey back home is ludicrous because it means they haven't got the staff and are clearly trying to hit unrealistic targets (yet again). It is ultimately putting people's health second and also in some cases at risk. But hey they've been killing people for years so I shouldn't be surprised at news like this anymore. Maybe it is a process of desensitizing and over time we will just accept being treated like sh*t as the norm, well I for one will never accept it. The more people this affects the less will feel patriotic. It is nothing to be proud of. Thus this approach is rather counter productive and reflects a govt prepared to take calculated risks irresponsibly playing to the whack the scroungers and shirkers brigade in the gallery. Getting tough by picking on easy targets when there are far more serious individuals to be dealt with are the tactics of cowardly bullies.
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Benefits ordeal has left me ashamed of my country 09 Jan 2018 07:43 #5619

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This Topic Underpins how Absolutely Vital Forums such as this one are to help Thousands to navigate a system Deliberately designed to trap claimants And deny what they are entitled to.
I Do not know how a person supporting this Government can sleep at night. :angry:
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