Penalised For Being Ill

A man that was diagnosed with a brain tumour diagnosis had to give up his bar job in London and move back to his parents home in Inverness as he battled cancer, but not only that, because he had to give up his job, he was forced to apply for Universal Credit where he was made to fill out forms for six hours so that he could apply for Universal Credit.


Neil MacVicar said he went to a local Jobcentre to apply for Universal Credit and felt like he was punished for being ill after it took so long to fill out the forms, which made Neil feel broken and depressed, and he’s now called for reforms to the awful policy.

Following his treatment, he went to the Jobcentre to apply for Universal Credit where he had to sit in front of a computer for six hours to fill in the forms. He said it was awkward, and he felt like he was being punished for being ill, and is frightened that this may happen to someone who doesn’t have the assistance that he has, and he’s especially annoyed with this dreadful policy.

This entire encounter with Universal Credit has left him feeling broken, discouraged and concerned, and the Cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support expects more than 2,600 cancer sufferers in Scotland, including some with a terminal diagnosis, are at substantial danger of hardship if the Universal Credit scheme is rolled out further.

Macmillan benefits advisor Elaine Donnelly, who also works for the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), has seen the impact of Universal Credit for the past few years, seeing people die before they get their benefits because the system doesn’t work.

The side effects of cancer and its treatment can impair someone’s capacity to work, and as a result, four in five Scottish patients are hit with an average cost of £420 a month because of lost income and additional outgoings, such as increased household bills due to feeling the cold more, and more than a quarter of those diagnosed have no savings.

The current Universal Credit rules mean cancer patients suffer a five-week delay before they get any money. This pertains to those with a terminal diagnosis because the fast-track process for people with less than six months to live has been eliminated, and under current policies, people with cancer already claiming benefits will have to apply for Universal Credit.

The policy is failing people with cancer and the Government must fix this before tens of thousands more vulnerable people are put in danger of hardship, to the point where there are people out there that have recently had emergency surgery for a life-threatening condition and the Universal Credit team are on the telephone to them demanding they attend back to work interviews, to the degree they’re prepared to force an interview whilst they’re in a critical care unit.

And this is the sort of people who are running our country! When are people going to wake up, strengthen their loins and stand tall, and face these insane entities face on?

The Tories are frequently compared to the Nazi party for their handling of the sick and disabled, and I may well have to agree with that because I can’t think of a better way to illustrate this criminal government.

There are people out there dying of brain tumours and they get nothing because they were daft enough to have savings, and then when their savings run out they have to sell their house, yet they would have worked all their life, and what for? To get nothing, so what did they work for in the first place, no wonder the younger generation don’t want to go to work, and then get blasted for it and called scroungers.

So, here’s the situation, you work all your life, you’re a remarkably hard worker, you pay your taxes like the good person that you are, which never go towards what they’re supposed to, and then finally you retire. Over the years you’ve managed to buy your home, which is now paid off and then you get ill.

So, where did all those taxes you paid go to? Well, they unquestionably didn’t go towards your future for when you get sick because there’s nothing in the cup for you, so you now have to sell your home to fund carers and/or a care home, so what was the point? Well, there is no point!

Years ago, purchasing your own home was an investment for your children when you passed away, so that they had something, your home was a nest egg, not anymore. You can’t even sign your home over to your children anymore because our deceitful government will find out, and then make your children liable for your care home.

So, what’s the point of sweating your nuts off, well absolutely none because anything we do own is never actually ours because we’re owned by the government, and the Tories don’t care about anybody, all they care about is stuffing their own pockets with as much money as they can before they get ousted, and then people wonder why this country is going under fast.

Of course, we can’t wave a magic wand and everything will be okay but this Tory government has proclaimed war on the sick and disabled, and people thought Margaret Thatcher was brutal and hard-hearted, but Theresa May beats them all.

What is it with her treating the sick and disabled as she does? And people who work for Atos gloating about how much gratuities they get by knocking claimants off their Personal Independence Payments (PIP). These policies are pure evil and there’s no excuse for victimising people who are sick whatsoever.

And to repeat once again, no matter how disabled or unemployed you are, the nasty party can’t push this Universal Credit through quick enough, and they don’t care how much misery it causes people, and it will put more pressure on the NHS due to more and more people becoming severely stressed and depressed.

Make no mistake, this government’s policies are really callous towards the vulnerable people of the United Kingdom, and the nasty party should all be ashamed of themselves, and there’s actually not enough cussing words to express what the government actually are!

But this is what happens in every type of government, they have this brilliant idea, but sadly, they don’t consult the voters, they simply say it’s happening, end of, and then they wait and see what happens. The point we should be looking at though is that if it’s not broken, don’t fix because it wasn’t broken in the first place. Of course, these bright ideas work for the wealthy, but the average Joe or poor people always get penalised.

The cruelty tactics of the DWP who have the vulnerable and the severely sick doing immense amounts of form filling when they’re gravely ill and one small mistake in those forms is enough to give the DWP a reason to withhold payment, that is their method in the madness.


And people with mental health problems, for them, simply looking at these kinds of forms can throw them into a tailspin of emotions, which is utterly disgusting, and there’s a subjective and financial cruelty inflicted on the vulnerable, and severely ill people with life-threatening symptoms, and serious mental health problems.

The whole political mafia is responsible for choosing these draconian measures while they line their pockets, and perhaps they should be paid in the same way as benefit claimants to see how they can cope for a few weeks without any means of sustenance.

The policy introduced under the last Labour government was in no way as rigid and unyielding as the wilfully wicked policy the Tories have turned it into. The Labour government had doctors conducting medical assessments and not nurses and sports therapists, and people who were deemed disabled under the Labour party introduced their version of the system where doctors would look at their specialist’s letters where it became pretty apparent that person would never work again.

Then the Tories got their hooks into the system and contracted Atos to administer the assessments, a contract that granted the assessors a cash gratuity for every claimant they assessed fit for work, so of course, the assessors will deem a person fit for work, there’s a reward in it for them.

Now people have to fight every time they’re assessed as Atos assessors say they’ll be able to return to work in spite of their specialist with over 35 years of experience saying differently, so how much longer is this going to be permitted to go on?

People pay their taxes and National Insurance, and this should be sorted as soon as possible so that we can stop this treatment of people being handled like animals, and if they can’t bring themselves to treat people like human beings, then perhaps we should inspire people to stop paying the fraudulent National Insurance and any other taxes as well because the government will only use it on fake banner terrorism and limousines for Jihadis.

Published by Angela Lloyd

My vision on life is pretty broad, therefore I like to address specific subjects that intrigue me. Therefore I really appreciate the world of politics, though I have no actual views on who I will vote for, that I will not tell you, so please do not ask! I am like an observation station when it comes to writing, and I simply take the news and make it my own. I have no expectations, I simply love to write, and I know this seems really odd, but I don't get paid for it, I really like what I do and since I am never under any pressure, I constantly find that I write much better, rather than being blanketed under masses of paperwork and articles that I am on a deadline to complete. The chances are, that whilst all other journalists are out there, ripping their hair out, attempting to get their articles completed, I'm simply rambling along at my convenience creating my perfect piece. I guess it must look pretty unpleasant to some of you that I work for nothing, perhaps even brutal. Perhaps I have an obvious disregard for authority, I have no idea, but I would sooner be working for myself, than under somebody else, excuse the pun! Small I maybe, but substantial I will become, eventually. My desk is the most chaotic mess, though surprisingly I know where everything is, and I think that I would be quite unsuited for a desk job. My views on matters vary and I am extremely open-minded to the stuff that I write about, but what I write about is the truth and getting it out there, because the people must be acquainted. Though I am quite entertained by what goes on in the world. My spotlight is mostly to do with politics, though I do write other material as well, but it's essentially politics that I am involved in, and I tend to concentrate my attention on that, however, information is essential. If you have information the possibilities are endless because you are only limited by your own imagination...

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