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Claiming disability benefit? Don’t ever dare shake hands 15 Dec 2017 07:49 #5332

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Thorpe greeted her assessor the traditional way and promptly had her support axed. It seems people with disabilities now have to kiss cheeks instead

‘If you’re disabled and meeting your DWP assessor for the first time – or any time – just offer up your cheek for a delicate, feather-light kiss.’


Wednesday 13 December 2017

Do you shake hands? I do – with people I’m meeting for the first time, and often meeting up with people I already know really well. But the classic handshake is now not the single accepted greeting, and even with strangers you must awkwardly negotiate the possibility of the kiss on one or both cheeks, or bro shake with optional shoulder bump.

But I’ve been trained to think of the unhesitating handshake as simple good manners. The same, I suspect, is true of former pub landlady Bethen Thorpe from north London, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in October 2014. She had to apply for disability benefit, filled in a 35-page application form, and then travelled to Chelmsford, Essex, for an assessment meeting. She was turned down because she shook the DWP assessor’s hand, which was taken as evidence of her fitness for work.

More Here;
www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/13/handshake-evidence-against-you-dwp-disabled
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Claiming disability benefit? Don’t ever dare shake hands 15 Dec 2017 08:38 #5333

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The whole set up is a scam Paul and not reality. If we can stand up and breathe we can work in their eyes.
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