A man left reeling following a brain tumour diagnosis says he was forced to fill out forms for six hours as he applied for Universal Credit because Neil MacVicar had to leave his bar manager job in London and move back into his parents home in Inverness as he battled cancer.
The 26-year-old said he went to a local Jobcentre to apply for Universal Credit and felt like he was being punished for being sick after it took so long to fill out the forms, and Neil MacVicar who was diagnosed two years ago said that the experience left him feeling broken and depressed, and he’s now calling for changes to the horrible system.
After his cancer treatment, he went to the Jobcentre to apply for Universal Credit and sat down in front of a computer for six hours to fill the form in, but he felt ashamed and felt like he was being punished for being ill, and he’s frightened that this might happen to someone who doesn’t have the help he has, and he’s especially annoyed with the shameful system, and the entire experience with Universal Credit has left him feeling broken, discouraged and anxious.
Cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support estimates more than 2,600 cancer patients in Scotland including some with a terminal diagnosis are at substantial risk of hardship if the Universal Credit system is rolled out further.
And A, who also works for the CAB, has seen the impact of Universal Credit for the past few years, with people dying before they even get their benefits. The system doesn’t work!
The side effects of cancer and its treatment can affect someone’s ability 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.
More than a quarter of those diagnosed have no savings, and the current Universal Credit rules mean that cancer patients have to endure 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those with a terminal diagnosis because the “fast track” process for people with less than six months to live has been withdrawn, and under current policies, people with cancer already claiming benefits will have to apply for Universal Credit.
The system is failing people with cancer and the government needs to fix this before tens of thousands more vulnerable people are put in danger of hardship, although this actually doesn’t surprise me when there are people out there that have had to have emergency surgery for life-threatening conditions and the Universal Credit team are on the telephone demanding that they attend back to work interviews, to the point where they’re prepared to force an interview whilst a person is in the critical care unit, and this is the very reason that the Tories are frequently compared to the Nazi party for their treatment of the sick.
And there’s no point in having any savings anymore, not even a little saving because then you’ll get nothing, and then when those savings run out, if you own your own home you’ll have to sell that to meet your needs, and the Tories don’t care if you’ve worked all your life and paid your taxes and National Insurance, all they care about is satisfying their own pockets with as much money as they can before they get ousted, and then people wonder why this country is going under so fast.
Simply, the Tory government has declared war on the sick and disabled. People thought that Margaret Thatcher was ruthless and cruel, but David Cameron and Theresa May hammered them all, and the Nasty Party can’t push this Universal Credit through quick enough, no matter what suffering it causes people.
Plus it will put more pressure on the NHS due to more and more people becoming severely stressed and depressed, and make no mistake the government’s policies are extremely brutal towards the vulnerable of the United Kingdom, and they should all be ashamed of themselves.
Sadly, this is what happens in every type of government, they have these brilliant ideas and then vote for it, but they don’t discuss it with their voters, they simply say this or that is happening and we have to go along with it, but if something’s not broken why try to fix it? And it appears that these splendid ideas only work for the wealthy, the average working class and the poor person always gets punished for the government’s blunders.
And then there are the torture tactics of the DWP who have the vulnerable and the severely sick doing a large amount of form filling, knowing that one small mistake is enough to give the DWP the justification to decline payment, there is a method to their madness, and then there are those people with mental health problems, they just look at the forms and it sends them into a descent of emotions, and it’s utterly sickening what this government are doing to its own people.
And the DWP should be outed for their role in the Tories emotional and financial anguish that the government have inflicted on the vulnerable, and those who are severely sick with life-threatening symptoms and severe mental health problems.
It’s a political mafia that is effective for voting in these draconian measures while they stuff their pockets and perhaps they should be paid in the same way to see how they would cope for weeks without any means of support, and the system introduced under the last Labour government was in no way as rigid or unyielding as the deliberately destructive system the Tories turned it into.
The Labour government had doctors administering the medical assessments, and not nurses and sports therapists. Then the Tories got their fangs into the system and contracted ATOS to deliver the assessments, a contract that gave the assessors a cash bonus for every claimant they assessed as fit to work, so of course, the assessors were going to declare that person fit for work, they’re getting a bonus for it.
So, now disabled people have to fight every time they’re assessed because the assessors aren’t going to get their bonus if they find that said person not fit to work, in spite of their specialist with over 35 years of experience saying otherwise.