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DWP Limbo: “Sometimes I Think I Would Be Better Off Dead”

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How can this be right? What are people supposed to do? Benefits should continue to be paid until the outcome of an appeal- there is no other morally defensible alternative; even swapping folk to Job Seekers Allowance is wrong. It costs money and effectively ill people are either refused their claim or if allowed to claim Job Seekers Allowance it could be argued they are, by their own admission fit for work, and with this administration, I will be little surprised to hear this argument used against claimants.

Same Difference

From yesterday’s Guardian:

Tucked away in this week’s work and pensions select committee report on employment-related disabilitybenefits is a section on an innocuous-sounding policy called Mandatory Reconsideration (MR).

Its blandness hides a host of Kafka-esque sins, however; this is truly a monstrously perverse and bureaucratic generator of poverty and stress.

Here’s an example of one claimant’s experience of being caught up in the strange limbo-land of MR, taken from research by Citizens Advice Bureau:

It has affected me badly. Financially I am struggling – when I pay gas, electricity and bedroom tax I have nothing left. I sometimes don’t have enough money to buy food. Sometimes I go hungry. Sometimes I just have toast as it’s cheaper

So what is MR and how do you get caught up in it? MR kicks in when claimants of ESA or Employment and Support Allowance (unemployment benefit for people who cannot…

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Written by Smiling Carcass

27/07/2014 at 9:40 PM

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