Oh for fucks sake why don’t we just start hiring witchdoctors. We have the NHS, and as pissed about as it that is where health should be treated, not the job centre. We don’t give NHS treatment under the threat of taking your income away. You won’t cure mental illness by threatening people.
So this cunt would be able to stop someone :
1) throwing herself off a bridge because if the bedroom tax
2) setting himself on fire due to rent arrears.
3) dying from diabetic ketoacidosis, penniless and alone, by a pile of CVs.
Forcing people with serious medical and mental health conditions into the hands of charlatans who will not cure them, but will then blame them and cut their income is not the way forward.
What next homoeopathy for broken legs….
And what is worse is the number of everyday people who agree with this shit because they somehow think it will get chavs into jobs that don’t exist….
“It is not the job of the NAO to scream and shout. But the rest of us can and should make as much noise as possible about how Duncan Smith and his ministers are cheerfully implementing policies that punish the most vulnerable in our society”
Via Red Labour On Question Time, Iain Duncan Smith called Salma Yaqoob a liar when she said he’d put a £39 breakfast on expenses. Here’s the proof.
It strikes me that if you are going to do a documentary about benefits: and not a Tory party sponsored propaganda piece you might mention the following.
:- the official stats that demonstrate the thousands of people have died within weeks of being declared fit-for-work by ATOS
:- the DWP is now trying to avoid collecting these figures as they show they are in the wrong
:- that the ESA WCA process assumes a physiotherapist is better qualified to make a judgement on mental health conditions than a GP with seven years training.
:- the same ATOS-WCA process has been declared illegal for mental health conditions, but is still being applied.
:- Both IDS and Shapps have been slapped down by the official UK stats body for lying about benefits.
:- in the last fortnight 165,000 people earning over £50,000 a year are now potentially fraudulently claiming Child Benefit.
:- That IDS has openly admitted to benefit fraud in the early eighties
:- former employment minister Grayling got taxpayers to buy him a £100K flat because travelling from Westminster to Epsom (about 7.50 on the tube) was too much for him
:- Osborne has fraudulently used taxpayers money to make money on essential housing costs of a paddock
:- the red cross have started a food bank initiative for the first time since the war, Gove a private school educated ex-Times journalist says this is because of bad choices. Not mentioning the £7K he illegally claimed from taxpayers to buy furniture from Cameron’s (his boss) mother in law.
:- that ATOS a French IT company have been censured by the DWP for poor performance.
:-the DWP has wasted between £30-161 million on yet another failed IT system
:- IDS believes it is acceptable for people to be forced to take a zero hours contract, therefore simultaneously saying they don’t get paid or get benefits.
:- A4E are being prosecuted for fraudulently claiming they found people jobs, when all they did was sign up people with job offers
:- David Laws paid his lover over £40K in rent from taxpayers funds, stepped down and then when the fuss died down got a promotion
:- millionaire Cameron has claimed the non means tested DLA for two relatives
:- that the Daily Express thought it was okay to quote Nazi prison camp slogans about the value of work on articles about unemployment.
Of course if you want your prejudices tickled whilst we are taken back to Victorian labour conditions then do so. But remember a channel 5 documentary is acting as an arm of the Daily Express. Who act as the propaganda arm of an unelected government. The same government who are spinning a narrative that includes cutting armed forces, police, fire, health, education, well everything yet still printing £375 billion and handing it over to the banks that caused the crisis through often through fraud and certainly through bad practice.
The independent reports that “A mandatory intensive regime for claimants with underlying problems such as mental health, drug addiction or illiteracy”
Can we start moving against this? How the hell will low paid, low qualified job centre staff willing to collaborate with the nastiness demonstrated by IDS Osborne and others deal with mental health and addiction issues with sensitivity? What right, qualification, or remit do the DWP and Treasury have to override GPs, Health Service and specialist charities expertise. The current WCA /ESA scheme is already making people more ill. How the hell will being bullied by unqualified staff help someone be cured? Coming days after Cameron and Pickles deeply insensitive comments what is next public shaming of ESA claimants with mental health of addiction issues?