How many different ways are there to say sorry? If you can think of one, then compliments to you, you passed to enter the shortlist for a position in the division of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) managing disability benefits.
I could have replied oops but that’s reserved for the sufferers of an elongated list of embarrassments that have arisen as a consequence of the reforms formerly put into place by Iain Duncan Smith. I bet some of his co-workers have a few creative words for him.
Disabled people could help them unearth some if they’re struggling and the newest foul-up has been announced by the National Audit Office. Its report features how the DWP, now under the leadership of Esther McVey, underpaid an approximated 70,000 people removed from other benefits to what is known as employment and support allowance (ESA).
For the record, ESA is given to those who have disabilities that are severe enough to stop them from working. It is a benefit that is different from the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which is intended to assist disabled people with the imposing additional expenses of living they face, such as wheelchairs that can surpass the expense of a new vehicle.
To get ESA, claimants have to clear an application and assessment obstacle course that the term fiendish was intended to describe ditto the PIP, to be realistic, only for some of them to find themselves missing out on what they were qualified to.
According to the National Audit Office (NAO), the average underpayment comes to £5,000 but some people are owed much more than that. The report cites the sum of £20,000.
Numerous people in fairly well-paid employment would incur grave hardship through losing out on such amounts, let alone people with disabilities and illnesses that the NAO’s chief Sir Amyas Morse accurately reported in the press notice accompanying the announcement as severely limiting.
Sir Amyas further attacked the DWP of failing to get a proper grip on the problem for many years and it won’t ultimately be settled until April 2019, with 300,000 cases expecting a review at a cost of £14 million.
The sting in the tail is that even then some of the victims won’t get all the money back. Refunds will only be backdated to 21 October 2014, when the Government lost yet another tribunal case. Talk about adding insult to injury.
Of course, we have been here before, and numerous times. and embarrassments like this crop up with a dismal regularity.
There was another oops time when the DWP began a review of 1.6 million PIP cases after losing a legal argument over the handling of people with mental illness and judges used the expression blatantly discriminatory to define how they had been handled but, again, the review will only go back to when the judicial procedures began.
The shake-up of the disability benefits scheme and the persecution of the evaluation methods and the minister’s accountable setup hit the disabled population with the sort of haymaker that used to be reserved for opponents of Mike Tyson in the early days of the heavyweight boxer’s career.
The incompetence to correctly make good on its blunders coupled with the procrastinating the NAO observed is like adding in what occurred when Iron Mike chose to go in for biting ears.
The entire terrible mess requires a somewhat broader examination, even a royal commission, because not only has it gathered countless anxiety on to some of society’s most defenceless people, it has cost the taxpayer a packet and the administrative expenses of all this are unbelievable.
In the meantime, a small volume of regret from Iain Duncan Smith, as the project’s engineer, wouldn’t go amiss.
Now removed from his ministerial post he doesn’t have to respond with a drat, oh dear, er, um, er um, oh, ah, damn, blast, or oh crap. However, he might like to try saying sorry and he would if he had anything vaguely resembling morals.
Surely there should be some kind of lawful rebellion, perhaps public interest lawyers should look into bringing a charge of corporate manslaughter because not only was Iain Duncan Smith a mischief maker but he was also a slayer as well and many people have died on his scheme.
However knowing the DWP and the lunatics managing it, they’ve made sure of probable deniability and of course, the entire method for claiming either ESA or PIP is set up to prevent and eliminate rather than supporting people.
It prompts people to lie and give misleading information otherwise they are bound to fail in their claim but the intention is to frighten and dissuade people from pursuing their claim and even if in the end, you are victorious you will find yourself being assessed again inside 2 years.
Iain Duncan Smith had a plan for us, the plan was to let us die. The government introduces the policy and then the DWP executes that policy. They can advise politicians probable consequences but the civil service system states we must realise what the democratically elected government has as a policy.
If you don’t like the policy, reform the government.
However, there are enough people in our homeland who think that a few mistreated people are well worth getting a few fraudsters.
Furthermore don’t overlook the targets to suspend people’s Jobseekers Allowance, now Universal Credit. The ones that Iain Duncan Smith stated didn’t exist.
People who got hooked up in being assigned to adjudicators for sanctioning. Was it people who deserved it or was it people who don’t fight back, frightened people, frustrated people, trusting people, people with mental health difficulties, people with bad English?
More and more defenceless people are touched by this insanity, this must end straight away. The Government are dangerous people and this is way out of control and arrests should be made for the multiply disabled mortality caused by DWP methods.
Disabled people have died as a consequence of reductions to social security. Disabled genocide. This government is gradually killing off a generation of disabled people.
There are numerous people out there that have some sort of disability or another, no disability is identical but when evaluations have seen double amputees and a man with half a skull pronounced fit for work, how many other disabled do they want to massacre?
The government are just not applying any common sense to their assessment. If they’re going to do evaluations on disabled people at least read the doctors notes first.
Doctors don’t lie because there’s a moral and ethical code. Of course, doctors do lie to their patients in the event of getting more money out of them, but the largest number of them are moderately honest.
Back to the person who’s a double amputee, following the DWP assessor reading the doctors notes stating that this person has no legs, they will then respond well come in and prove it, it’s not as if when you’re missing arms and legs that you’re going to recover them from down the back of the couch.
It emerged a double amputee who was told by the Department for Work and Pensions that he was fit for work as he could climb stairs with his arms.
A father who lost his arm in a dreadful motorcycle accident and endured five major operations in as many months was stripped of his benefits following his last evaluation.
At first, these cuts looked like a great system, even though it encountered teething problems, then suddenly it began to seem like a poorly executed system but now it’s starting to look a lot like disabled genocide.
The only question is are they doing it on purpose? Because if they are, why settle for sanctions?
Why not just round us all up and put us in reservation tanks, similar to what Hitler did, maybe Iain Duncan Smith wants all disabled people to say Sieg Heil to him and give him the Hitler fanfare.
If the government actually want to make a difference don’t give them gratuities for evaluating people fast, punish them for when they get it wrong.
The government must stop using these private firms. They are no good. They have targets and they miss stuff and if someone can walk two or three steps it does not suggest they can work and this is crazy.
Over sixty percent of lawsuits that go to court are reversed but for the people that take it to a tribunal, they might struggle to find the money for it.
The government should return legal aid as there is presently an entire array of problems for people on benefits who suffer because they can’t get legal aid, but that’s the point and that’s why the government took legal aid away.
If there is no legal aid people can’t strive to get their money restored and the government is not stupid, they knew this when they took legal aid away, which makes them monsters.
There was a controversy when it was reported a man with half a skull was fit for work. Kenny Bailey, who has difficulty walking and requires support to get dressed, underwent an individual evaluation requested by the Department of Work and Pensions.
They considered him able to work despite him being paralysed down his left side and suffering from memory problems. Kenny Bailey later had his benefits restored following the decision being reversed following media reporting of his situation.
However, not everybody who has had their money taken away gets that sort of media awareness but they still require assistance and of course some media attention. But there are countless disabled people who have had their benefits taken away and don’t know how to beat the system.
Numerous people don’t survive and end up either killing themselves or merely dying because they’re too sick to endure and the government have the ability to do whatever they want, they don’t require our permission.
There have been numerous discussion and debates on this subject matter and people comment but they’re simply words and a failure to do anything about it since many people go with the flow and most people neglect to understand that yes, it’s not befalling to them, the people that aren’t disabled don’t trouble themselves over things like that, but they should.
The body is a fragile thing and we might all come from a genealogy of various cultures and colours but there is one thing that might or will one day change all of us and it doesn’t matter what shade or culture we all are, many of us will get ill or become disabled one day, which means we are all in this together…