When Plebs begged all opposition MPs to support them against Welfare cuts, no one expected Labour to let them down. Members from the United Disabled Resistance Movement wrote to 340 Mp’s in all opposition parties sharing with them the most intimate stories of their lives.
It was thought that the rhetoric and narrative of scroungers, plebs, skivers and shirkers were damaging those genuinely vulnerable. 0.05% of claimants are believed to be not genuine, although some members of the press have worked for Government spin doctors to massively manipulate these statistics. The most shocking was the Daily Telegraph who reported that 75% of claimants were fake. The Welfare reform and work Bill will destroy thousands of applicants.
I do not say this flippantly. I do not mean that the vulnerable will not be able to have a holiday a year, or be forced off their fat arses to get a job, I mean that the vulnerable will die. It is that simple. Who would have thought that Labour the party established to help the Labour work force and the vulnerable would put politics before the people?
Terrence S Carter
Well anyone who has an interest in politics possibly would. Since 1997 the Blairites swept in with New Labour. So what exactly was new labour? It was a wolf in sheeps clothing. The party was not Left, it started off centre and moved more right every year it existed.
It was Labour who brought in Atos that declared dying people fit to work.
It was Labour that brought in New deal for the unemployed which created sanctions.
It was Labour who brought in Employment support Allowance ESA for the disabled which intimidated, pressured, and threatened vulnerable adults into ‘finding work’ which actually killed them.
It was Labour who ignored Millions of people demonstrating on the anti Irag war who were then ignored and lied to that Iraq had nuclear arms (they did not) that Iraq is in breach of UN conventions and this is legal (it was not).
So what was this New Labour? It was about power, corruption, and position. Though it sickens me to say, Labour were the New torys.
This may not have been noticed by many people. Those in work suddenly got child tax credits and working tax credits their financial lives improved, child centre’s popped up everywhere to help people with young children, and it looked as though we were in the boom years! In a sense we were, the entire world (western) was in a boom but this boom existed solely in a bubble and bubbles sadly burst. When the recession hit everyone blamed the existing government whose loyalty to Tony Blair seemed to prevent them from telling the truth. Labour never caused the global recession. Has anyone noticed how tiny UK is? United Kingdom was impacted by the global recession.
So this is what happened in brief. USA had allowed bankers corruption, the money borrowed could not be paid back in time, people get edgy, suddenly the housing market crashed, big businesses went out of business, this effected the world who were involved with these big businesses ..the world hit recession.
The conservatives jumped on this opportunity to inform all of UK that Labour were inept with the economy (lots of rhetoric, narrative, propaganda, spin doctors spinning). The public believed this and the Conservatives got in to the Government by the skin of their teeth by being propped up by the Liberal Democrats. The Liberals held no actual power, they could not demand anything, but at least could hold the tories back. Since the Liberal Party had promised student if it got into power it would remove student loans, the tripling of student loans meant everyone suddenly thought that the Liberals were liars.
FACT: They held no power, they could not force or persuade the Conservative party to do anything. The conservative party actually wanted to quadruple the student fee’s but the Liberals (weak and low on numbers) fought to get them down as much as they did. It was the conservatives who attacked students. It was the liberals who reined them in.
So Election 2015, everyone has been heavily attacked and cut to breaking point. Everyone was angry. But there was no alternative. Ed Miliband failed to explain they were not inept with finances. No one realised that Labour did not cause the recession, but that it was a GLOBAL recession,conservatives played on this, and also blamed the Liberals for everything that had gone wrong whilst the Torys were in Government. The Tory party have billions to spend on spin they used the rhetoric ‘hard-working tax payers’ to fool blue collar workers via programmes asserting scroungers and benefit cheats along with sensationalised tabloids meant everyone believed this and fell for it again.
So back to the present, we have a tory party, we have a Labour Tory party, and we have UKIP who are right of the tory party. The Labour Tory party does not care about the vulnerable or Labour workforce. They want power and position. They have continued with the Tory rhetoric of scroungers and ‘hard-working tax payers’ and have claimed that the ‘people’ have spoken. The ‘people’ do not want anyone ‘soft’ on welfare (well Labour have hardly been known as welfare softies if we look at the Blairite years) and they (the public) want economic stability without helping the vulnerable.
NB Only 24% of those eligible to vote actually put a cross next to a Tory. The Tory party got into power with a very slight majority. But 76% of the uk Population did not vote Tory, so who are these ‘people’ the Labour party speaks of?
The truth is, Labour-Tory are deceiving the public. They could speak to the 76% who did not vote conservative and win, but they don’t want to. They want to continue allowing the conservatives to oppress the vulnerable so they cannot get blamed and then if they get into office they can keep the status quo but say it is not our fault, the Torys did this. Why?
Boris Johnson, David Cameron, Gideon (George) Osborne, Tony Blair, Bankers, Stock Brokers, Royalty
They are elite, it is a club. The elite look after the elite. Plebs serve only to provide taxes which the elite live off. We pay for them to live lives we could not even dream of let alone possibly obtain.
So back to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, slyly Iain Duncan Smith ran the first reading of this bill just 24 hours after the budget was declared, giving the oppositions little time to to read, decipher interpret, and oppose. So the second reading was the time for the opposition to go in armed to throw this Bill out.
But Harriet Harman- standing leader for the Labour party is a Blairite aka Labour-Tory. She demanded all Labour members abstain. Abstaining is silent consent. Like her fellow opposition MPs (Torys) she went to public school, she lived a privileged life. She never went to bed hungry, she never had the Electric turn off in the early evening and you didn’t have the money to turn it back on so you all go to bed because there is nothing else to do, she never chipped ice off the inside if her windows in winter. She has no comprehension if poverty.
The ignorant belief is: Poverty exists because people are too lazy to work. They need to be incentivised to work. The carrot approach does not work, we must use the stick approach by cutting their ‘benefits’. (another rhetoric there is no benefit to benefits it was called social security because it secured society against hardship). They know that most people on these ‘benefits’ are in fact used by those in full time employment. They know that these people are working nay grafting in a way they never would nor could, and come home exhausted and sleep. But they do not care. They do not care about the plebs. Our worth is only measured in how much tax we pay them so they can live for free, ‘sponging off the state’, like the Queen in a position of power and and status. Just exactly why are we attacking disabled people who are vulnerable and in genuine need for receiving £30 a week more than those on JSA, when Iain Duncan Smith paid £39 for a breakfast which we the tax payers paid for!!!
There are no programmes called MP scroungers, elite skivers, so the public do not see this!
By using the language ‘making work pay’ no one could argue against that. Of course we want work to pay. Of course we need an increase in the minimum wage, but this is not what it means. It means that they will withdraw all financial support to everyone who depends on welfare (they depend on our Welfare but they do not count). So everyone in work who is on a very low wage, will lose their working tax credit, their housing benefit, their child tax credit, their child benefit. Yet they will not be getting a higher wage yet, and when they do, it will not balance out what the government has stolen from them. These are the ‘hard-working tax payers’ who all parties purported to be standing for! If this is what they do to the people they are standing for, what will they do to the people they are standing against?
If you cannot work. If you rely everyday on carers to get you dressed, to wipe your ass, to change your nappy, to move you around the house on a winch, to feed you, to give you medications, to collect your medications to wash you, then you will never be able to make work pay. If you cannot work, how can you improve your life? You cant. They know this, these are the burdens on society. They offer nothing yet take, take, take!
Humanity has gone. Apathy rules. No one cares about others. We walk past the homeless on the streets and try not to make eye contact, because we do not care. We do not want to part with any pennies in our pocket to help them. Only we matter. Only our needs, our worries, our hopes, our little bubbles come first. The government has created this ideology well. It means we do not care any-more. We do not care about politics only 66.1% of registered voters turned out. I know many unregistered voters who are not even counted in this statistic. They want you to not care about others.
Have you not noticed how all you ever read about or see is how different sub-groups are the enemy? The disabled, the unemployed, the poor, immigrants, etc. They want you to not care about others, to detach yourself from others, so when these groups are hurt you do not even bat an eye lid. They deserve it. They have done all these things which has hurt YOU directly. You know this because you have been told. Over and over again, on tv, in the papers, in the news in reality shows.
Thing is, this will not stop. This is like testing the waters. As Manic street preachers once sang
‘If you tolerate this (against the weakest in the country) then your children will be next’.
Then it will be you. Only the in-group will escape. If you did not go to Eaton, and Oxbridge this is not you.
This does impact YOU, this does effect YOU, you just cant see it yet. When you do see it, it will be too late, as then who will help you? Who will be left to help you? If no one listened to most vulnerable in the country, then why will you matter? You wont.
Here is the full list of every MP who voted against the Welfare Reform and Work Bill .
If your MP is not here they either voted for or abstained.
Abbott, Diane – Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Abrahams, Debbie – Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth
Ahmed-Sheikh, Tasmina – SNP MP for Ochil and South Perthshire
Anderson, David – Labour MP for Blaydon
Arkless, Richard – SNP MP for Dumfries and Galloway
Bardell, Hannah – SNP MP for Livingston
Black, Mhairi – SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Blackford, Ian – SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Blackman, Kirsty – SNP MP for Aberdeen North
Boswell, Philip – SNP MP for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Brake, Tom – Lib Dem MP for Carshalton and Wallington
Brock, Deidre – SNP MP for Edinburgh North and Leith
Brown, Alan – SNP MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Burgon, Richard – Labour MP for Leeds East
Butler, Dawn – Labour MP for Brent Central
Cameron, Dr Lisa – SNP MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Campbell, Gregory – DUP MP for East Londonderry
Carmichael, Alistair – Lib Dem MP for Orkney and Shetland
Chapman, Douglas – SNP MP for Dunfermline and West Fife
Cherry, Joanna – SNP MP for Edinburgh South West
Clegg, Nick – Lib Dem MP for Sheffield Hallam
Clwyd, Ann – Labour MP for Cynon Valley
Corbyn, Jeremy – Labour MP for Islington North
Cowan, Ronnie – SNP MP for Inverclyde
Crawley, Angela – SNP MP for Lanark and Hamilton East
Davies, Geraint – Labour MP for Swansea West
Day, Martyn – SNP MP for Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Docherty, Martin John – SNP MP for West Dunbartonshire
Dodds, Nigel – DUP MP for Belfast North
Donaldson, Jeffrey M – DUP MP for Lagan Valley
Donaldson, Stuart – SNP MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Dowd, Peter – Labour MP for Bootle
Durkan, Mark – SDLP MP for Foyle
Edwards, Jonathan – Plaid Cymru MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Farron, Tim – Lib Dem MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale
Fellows, Marion – SNP MP for Motherwell and Wishaw
Ferrier, Margaret – SNP MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Flynn, Paul – Labour MP for Newport West
Gethins, Stephen – SNP MP for North East Fife
Gibson, Patricia – SNP MP for North Ayrshire and Arran
Glindon, Mary – Labour MP for North Tyneside
Godsiff, Roger – Labour MP for Birmingham, Hall Green
Goodman, Helen – Labour MP for Bishop Auckland
Grady, Patrick – SNP MP for Glasgow North
Grant, Peter – SNP MP for Glenrothes
Gray, Neil – SNP MP for Airdrie and Shotts
Greenwood, Margaret – Labour MP for Wirral West
Haigh, Louise – Labour MP for Sheffield, Heeley
Harris, Carolyn – Labour MP for Swansea East
Hayman, Sue – Labour MP for Workington
Hendry, Drew – SNP MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Hosie, Stewart – SNP MP for Dundee East
Hussain, Imran – Labour MP for Bradford East
Jones, Gerald – Labour MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Jones, Helen – Labour MP for Warrington North
Kaufman, Sir Gerald – Labour MP for Manchester Gorton
Kerevan, George – SNP MP for East Lothian
Kerr, Calum – SNP MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk
Khan, Sadiq – Labour MP for Tooting
Kinahan, Danny – UUP MP for South Antrim
Lamb, Norman – Lib Dem MP for North Norfolk
Lammy, David – Labour MP for Tottenham
Lavery, Ian – Labour MP for Wansbeck
Law, Chris – SNP MP for Dundee West
Lewis, Clive – Labour MP for Norwich South
Long Bailey, Rebecca – Labour MP for Salford and Eccles
Lucas, Caroline – Green MP for Brighton, Pavilion
MacNeil, Angus Brendan – SNP MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Marris, Rob – Labour MP for Wolverhampton South West
Maskell, Rachael – Labour MP for York Central
Mc Nally, John – SNP MP for Falkirk
McCaig, Callum – SNP MP for Aberdeen South
McDonald, Andy – Labour MP for Middlesbrough
McDonald, Stewart – SNP MP for Glasgow South
McDonald, Stuart C – SNP MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair – SDLP MP for Belfast South
McDonnell, John – Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington
McGarry, Natalie – SNP MP for Glasgow East
McInnes, Liz – Labour MP for Heywood and Middleton
McLaughlin, Anne – SNP MP for Glasgow North East
Meacher, Michael – Labour MP for Oldham West and Royton
Mearns, Ian – Labour MP for Gateshead
Monaghan, Carol – SNP MP for Glasgow North West
Monaghan, Dr Paul – SNP MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Moon, Madeleine – Labour MP for Bridgend
Morris, Grahame M – Labour MP for Easington
Mulholland, Greg – Lib Dem MP for Leeds North West
Mullin, Roger – SNP MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Newlands, Gavin – SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Nicolson, John – SNP MP for East Dunbartonshire
O’Hara, Brendan – SNP MP for Argyll and Bute
Osamor, Kate – Labour MP for Edmonton
Oswald, Kirsten – SNP MP for East Renfrewshire
Paisley, Ian – DUP MP for North Antrim
Paterson, Steven – SNP MP for Stirling
Pearce, Teresa – Labour MP for Erith and Thamesmead
Pugh, John – Lib Dem MP for Southport
Rimmer, Marie – Labour MP for St Helens South and Whiston
Ritchie, Margaret – SDLP MP for South Down
Robertson, Angus – SNP MP for Moray
Salmond, Alex – SNP MP for Gordon
Saville Roberts, Liz – Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Shannon, Jim – DUP MP for Strangford
Sheppard, Tommy – SNP MP for Edinburgh East
Sherriff, Paula – Labour MP for Dewsbury
Siddiq, Tulip – Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn
Skinner, Dennis – Labour MP for Bolsover
Smith, Cat – Labour MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood
Stephens, Chris – SNP MP for Glasgow South West
Stevens, Jo – Labour MP for Cardiff Central
Stringer, Graham – Labour MP for Blackley and Broughton
Thewliss, Alison – SNP MP for Glasgow Central
Thomson, Michelle – SNP MP for Edinburgh West
Weir, Mike – SNP MP for Angus
Whiteford, Dr Eilidh – SNP MP for Banff and Buchan
Whitford, Dr Philippa – SNP MP for Central Ayrshire
Williams, Hywel – Plaid Cymru MP for Argon
Williams, Mr Mark – Lib Dem MP for Ceredigion
Wilson, Corri – SNP MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Wilson, Sammy – DUP MP for East Antrim
Winnick, David – Labour MP for Walsall North
Wishart, Pete – SNP MP for Perth and North Perthshire
Wright, Iain – Labour MP for Hartlepool
Zeichner, Daniel – Labour MP for Cambridge
All members of UDRM wish to thank those who responded and tried their best to save us from the evident culling by the Conservative Party, of the disabled.
How many more will now die that they have been cut further?
A total of 48 Labour MPs – including 18 who were elected in May – voted against the measures. SNP MP Pete Wishart said it was “apparent” that Labour and the SNP together could have defeated the bill. Yet they didnt.
Within the Labour party are GENUINE Labour MP’s, those are the ones who voted to protect the vulnerable. They are not part of the Labour-Tory Party. These members need to expand, they need to follow their party ethos. Labour-Tory members need to decide do you care about people? If yes then stay in Labour Party. If no then join the Torys.
What would you have done if you had read these emails (below) from desperate and vulnerable people begging for help to survive? Would you have voted against this Bill, would you have abstained?
I am a benefit scrounger.
I spent my life living with severe disabilitys and illness’s and ignored them untill it took over. I never claimed anything.
I worked non stop from 15 years old in employment and self employment, aswell as putting my self though college and university. I paid for it all my self.
I had to stop working when i found out i had a genetic cancer and 11 major surgerys i had to claim income support. so i was called a benefit scrounger.
I went back to self employment soon as i went into remisson. And never claimed anything i was told to claim.
Fir 12 years i was advised to claim what was called DLA i never claimed.
Last year my debilitating illness on top of other illness’s became too bad and with no cure or treatment available to aleviate the symptoms i had no choice but to claim. I am now again called a benefit scrounger.
I am in ESA am a benefit scrounger.
I am in enhanced rate both consonants personal independance payment. I must be a benefit scrounger.
My life is lived day by day. My disability will lead to my death. I have to see 6 specialists to help with the devestating inpacts my disability has on my body. I must be a benefit scrounger.
I can hardly see, walk, move and in severe pain on a daily basis and have to take 15 different medications. I must be a benefit scrounger.
This is me. – i am a benefit scrounger.
I am disabled, so I am a benefit scrounger.
I receive DLA, so I am a benefit scrounger.
I am self employed and have used my DLA to reconfigure my life in the face of disability, but my career is in the arts so I am a benefit scrounger.
I was a professional nurse before becoming disabled. I now have half an NHS pension so I am a benefit scrounger.
I know full well that no reduction to my benefits income will incentivise my brain to repair the damage done to it, so I am a benefit scrounger.
I am terribly afraid of the implications of a PIP assessment to my life, so I am a benefit scrounger
Every day is a struggle for me, whether to get up or not, never knowing how I am going to feel, or if I have a bad dream (side effect of the Venlafaxine…) it ruins the whole day. I have good days and bad ones, I suffer from Social Anxiety and paranoia…
Hate public transport..going shopping is a nightmare mostly..I have put on weight due to the meds..it has ruined my sex drive. Sometimes I forget to have a bath for a 2 to 3 days, or I forget to eat, I need prompting to take my medication..
I would like to work, but living with severe depression is not easy. I suffer from intrusive thoughts, and when I’m really bad I get tired of living and have tried to end it on a few occasions…I do some voluntary work and live in supported accomodation…
I am TERRIFIED of living on my own now that this Government is in power…I sometimes think that I would be better off back in jail…
So, the life of ‘riley’ it ain’t…Scrounger? Hmm, but I used to work and pay taxes and N.I..where did that go then???..I could go on, but there would not be enough space…Please vote against the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015/16….Thank you.
I am a “Benefits Scrounger”
I spent years in education gaining my degree and professional qualifications instead of working, so I must be a Benefits Scrounger.
I was a teacher for over 25 years before having to give up my career, so I must be a Benefits Scrounger.
I paid tax and National Insurance for 30 years, but I am no longer able to work so I must be a Benefits Scrounger.
I have had to take a reduced ill health professional pension which means I am entitled to £20 per week ESA, so I must be a Benefits Scrounger.
I get high rate DLA as I am unable to walk more than a few steps using crutches, and require a wheelchair pushed by a carer, so I must be a Benefits Scrounger.
I spend my bad days in bed in absolute agony, lazing around fecklessly instead of getting up, so I must be a Benefits Scrounger.
I spend my rare “good” days in a wheelchair, which means I am lazy and so I must be a Benefits Scrounger.
I am unable to cook, shop, do laundry or housework, this total ‘laziness’ means so I must be a Benefits Scrounger.
I am looked after by my husband, who has to care for me, so I must be a Benefits Scrounger.
I have two children currently at University, so I must be a Benefits Scrounger.
I have had over 14 operations and multiple additional treatments on the NHS, so I must be a Benefits Scrounger.
I take so much medication that I don’t have to pay for, so I must be a Benefits Scrounger.
I have a manual wheelchair given to me by the NHS, so I must be a Benefits Scrounger.
I take high dose daily opiate medication, which barely touches the pain, so I must be a lazy drug addicted Benefits Scrounger.
I am unable to sit upright for long, which makes me unable to use a computer or laptop, so I have the cheek to own an iPad, shouldn’t be allowed this luxury when you’re a Benefits Scrounger like I am.
I also have the cheek to own a second hand mobile phone with a sim only £8 monthly contract, as I cannot move enough to answer a fixed land line, shouldn’t be allowed this luxury when you’re a Benefits Scrounger like I am.
I have a television, shouldn’t be allowed this luxury when you’re a Benefits Scrounger like I am.
I went on holiday to a caravan in Cornwall for 5 days about 6 years ago, shouldn’t be allowed this luxury when you’re a Benefits Scrounger like I am.
On July 21st, please vote against the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015-16.
We are real people, suffering real disabilities and illnesses.
These cuts are killing us.
The money ‘saved’ by this reform is less than the unclaimed benefits in this country, yet will target the most vulnerable groups in society.
Shame on you if you do not try to halt this war on the disabled.
I am a ‘Benefits Scrounger’.
I don’t work so I must be a ‘Benefits Scrounger’.
I am disabled and I am unable to leave my bed so I must be a ‘Benefits Scrounger’.
I receive Disability Living Allowance and Employment Support Allowance so I must be a ‘Benefits Scrounger’.
I lie around in my bed all day so I must be a ‘Benefits Scrounger’.
I am well educated with a degree and a post-graduate qualification but I don’t go out to work so I must be a ‘Benefits Scrounger’.
I have two children I don’t go out to work to support so I must be a ‘Benefits Scrounger’.
My adult children cannot help support me as one is in receipt of Employment Support Allowance because they are also disabled and my other child is an apprentice earning the National Apprentice Minimum Wage of £6.50p/h for a 40 hour week. We live in a three bedroom social housing home paid for by Housing Benefit so we must all be Benefits Scroungers.
I have paid Tax and National Insurance for 30 years but I am now too ill to work so I must be a ‘Benefits Scrounger’.
I am not looking for work because I am too ill and disabled so I must be a ‘Benefit Scrounger’.
I need two strangers to strip me, wash me, dress me, change my nappy as I am doubly incontinent, feed me, clean up after me, do my laundry and do some housework every day but I don’t go out to work to pay for it so I must be a ‘Benefits Scrounger’.
I have nurses coming to my house to treat my open, infected bed-sores every day but I don’t pay for this so I must be a ‘Benefits Scrounger’.
I am allowed to sit in my wheelchair for around 4 hours on one day every week which means I cannot go out to work so I must be a ‘Benefits Scrounger’.
This is me – I am a ‘Benefits Scrounger’.
I was a happy child although I seemed a burden to her parents. Their first child, my brother demanded a lot of attention and in turn I was left by the way side, unloved and neglected, left to her own devices in life trying to cope the best I could with upcoming unknown traumatic events in her life.
Growing up life was very confusing for her, her mother was very poorly and in bed for around 10 years, her father was a working alcoholic. I don’t remember a lot about her child hood. This isn’t unusual when memories are suppressed for so many years. Some would say her father was a narcissist and her mother was emotionally challenged. Violence was not unusual in her family unit She would often witness it and on occasion be subjected to it.
When I was about 12 my parents approached me and told me I was being sent away to a family in Germany for a holiday, they went on to explain that I would be travelling to Germany alone on a plane but would meet family on the other side. I always seemed confident with a happy smile and contagious laugh. Deep down she was petrified, she was being sent away through no fault of her own, I wasn’t naughty, I wasn’t challenging but her parents felt it was necessary because of her mothers illness. My brother wasn’t sent to Germany he stayed at home because my parents feared he would go off the rails. The holiday lasted 6 months. On my return it seemed the dynamics had changed within my family unit. Where had my parents gone? My dad still drinking away and my mother still in her room rotting with my illness. I had to grow up and grow up quick! I became her parents parents on top of attending school and trying to get good grades. My education suffered as a result of this responsibility. Further education was not an option as in that time I had developed undiagnosed depression.
My teenage years were filled with boys,drinking and occasional drug use (experimental) trying to battle anxiety and depression, I had been living the life on an adult when in fact I was still a child. My childhood was lost, no happy memories to recall just deep fear and regret. I met a man in my teenage years that was sexually confused. I was subjected to sexual abuse by this much older man
When I was 19 I fell pregnant accidentally I had always searched far and wide for love and belonging, my anxiety and depression were at an all time high as I knew her parents would be disgusted and feel shame. I was persuaded to terminate my pregnancy by my parents and I always done what she was told. I had deep regret and it plays a part in her anxieties. Oh how I wished I got to have my child. He or she would be 15 now.
I was in and out of menial jobs never fitting in anywhere I could never understand why I was such an outcast and always felt inferior to others. It was like it had been ingrained into her brain like a robotic system of sorts.
I took on men who were broken and I would better their lives neglecting myself but in the end they all left when their life had turned around. I was a saviour of souls and so selfless
I finally met a man he was religious of sorts and I admired that his faith was so important. I was not religious but always accepted others beliefs. I became pregnant and was over the moon. Finally a baby to care for and love like no one else could. Sadly the relationship with the religious man broke down due to religious differences and outlook on the babies life. The religious man vanished after my baby was born.
I suffered a massive trauma giving birth. Both I and the child nearly died. When my son was about one years old I didn’t feel well mentally and I knew I needed help. I turned to the local Mental Health team and I was diagnosed with GAD, PTSD, and clinical depression. With medication my life picked up a bit. I was still suffering but that brave face was always on show. My son was very important to me and would not see him suffer. I suffered another relationship breakdown when my son was about four years old. Another broken man had taken advantage of my kindness.
In 2008 I had finally broken. My brain had had enough it was bruised it was dead. It had nothing more to give. I was a physical body/shell with no mind, no functioning abilities. My life was is the toilet and it had been flushed away. I was suicidal I was going to jump. My mind was not mine who’s Mind was this? Where did I go? I went to the dark side of life. How could I get out? I was sent to psychatirc day treatment for 9 weeks. I was a danger to myself. Pumped with medication. I responded well to treatment and my recovery plan had started. I fought every day of my life to get better aiming for that feeling of once was. That feeling was never to be seen again. My recovery is still on going.
I have been targeted by the government and the DWP. Apparently people who are sick are skivers. They are committing some sort of fraud living on social security.
The vulnerable me was part of the reforms by the DWP. I lost my home and became street homeless. I had been sanctioned unknowingly. My brain couldn’t cope and I relapsed. My recovery will be on going for life. I am sick not a skiver or a lazy person. I have a poorly brain. Needing a cocktail of drugs to keep me alive and drugs for a spinal trauma in 2003.
I am a person, I am not a number or even a name. I am a human being a vulnerable ill stricken human who does not agree with reform in such a severe way.
I beg you to oppose the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015/16 as I fear for my own life if I am abused any further.
I left school at 17, and went straight In to work, and at 32 I had a accident at work, being a striver, I carried on for 3 more years, using a trolley as a Zimmer frame, I shuffled slowly, and in a lot of pain and falls. Me and my husband worked hard and even managed to buy a property, and when I couldn’t carry on working any longer, and after using up our savings, we had to claim benefits. But in the last 5 years I am now known as a shiver, shirker in the eyes of the people, down to the conservative rhetoric,backed up by the media, against people who claim benefit, that were legally allowed. My husband didn’t want to claim benefits, so he wanted to contribute somehow, so went self employed, but he feels he is classed as a skiver because he can only do 16hrs, he has to look after me, our kids, does the housework, which then makes me feel bad enough because of my physical and invisible disabilities, I feel awful that my family can’t do what other families do, we feel victimised by this country, with the rhetoric of names we are called. Each time we are hit by changes to welfare, either the stress and anxiety on all the family and pressure of inadequate medicals for disability and sickness benefits,that’s incapacity benefit to employment and support allowance, which i had to go to court to be put in to the support group,and having the dla, being screwed up with someone else’s medical being used for my report that was done by paper, and fighting hard to get when they tried to cover up saying, that it was transcribed wrong, i caught them out, and had a home medical eventually, and when my renewal esa was done waited over a year to be told that i didn’t warrant a home visit even though they had a medical evidence and a doctor request for one, having to kick up a stink getting my MP involved and my gp writing another letter confirming my medical history as i was told it was 6 months out of date, i finally was put back in support group. and now by the latest tax credit cuts, which we will lose a lot of money, with no chance of making up, as he can’t expand his hours, or have his money put up due to self employment, as he doesn’t get to the tax threshold now, none of these will help us next year.So please think twice before voting for these welfare changes, because lives are in your hands. Please vote against the welfare reform and work bill 2015/16. Tina, member of UDRM+OMDM
I am called a benefit skiver, yet all my life I have been a striver. From the age of 3 years I strived to not be anally sexually abused, then I strived to not have bowel incontinence. I strived academically so hard I repressed the memories of my abuse. I went to Law school for 3 years doing my Llb hons Law, working and paying tax as I had done since I was 16 years old, to support myself through Education.
I married, my husband has always worked full time paying tax, we have 3 children. 13 years ago my repressed memories started to escape. I developed agoraphobia, monophobia and finally full blown PTSD. I was never weak. I was born with a spinal deformity and hyperjoint mobility. I have always had to fight against my own body to achieve. I attended physiotherapy most of my childhood and teens which I have been unable to attend since developing agoraphobia, so my mental health has meant I am forced to neglect my Physical health. I know I have arthritus in my feet, knee’s lower back and hips. I am 36 years old and fear for my future because I am in pain everyday all day now.
It has taken me 13 years to get therapy to fully assess me I have had 6 session of an extended assessment, and now I am on another 6 sessions of extended assessment. I appealed to Mps, councillors, advocates, Mind charity. The delay in my therapy means I am now a seriously complex case. This means it is unlikely to ever be ‘cured’
I need 24 hr care. I do not eat, I need to be made to eat. I do not wash, I do not bathe, I do not clean my teeth, I self harm. I live in bed because I feel exposed anywhere else.
My incontinence shames me, I need prompting to go to the toilet because the sensation triggers my PTSD. I have many accidents, I need to be cleaned. I have lost my own life. I have lost my children’s childhoods.
We survive on my husbands wage which is totally consumed by rent and council tax. My family lives entirely off the child tax credits and working tax credit. My additional needs are paid for by my enhanced rate PIP. We rely on the support of housing benefit. The 5 of us live in a 3 bedroom terrace house close to my carer who does not drive. We cannot get a council house because one does not exist. My husband works physically hard everyday leaving for work at 5am picking up just over £200.00 a week. If our welfare is cut, we will break.
You have no idea how feeling attacked by the government feels when you have been attacked all your life everyday. I have lived through physical and emotional abuse from caregivers, peers, partners. Now the media and Government are physically abusing me through financial neglect and mentally abusing me through this rhetoric and narrative of skiver, shirker, scrounger. 180 people report disability hate crime a day. This has not come from ‘no-where’. There is a direct correlation between what politicians label people as, the the reinforcement of those labels via docu-soaps and the tabloids.
I do not know how we will cope, seriously I do not know if I will stay alive. I am an at risj patient who is overwhelmed by the direct targeting of people with disabilities.
I still aspire, I aspire to recover one day, I aspire to finally fulfil my career. Do not assume that because we are on welfare we are not strivers, and not hard working. Do not ignore us. 99.5% of all claimants are genuine, and it is those genuine, vulnerable people who are being damaged and killed by these Welfare reforms, because they do not have a choice. They cannot improve their lives through employment, because they will never ever be capable of any sustained employment. We are helpless, we are at the mercy of your vote, please consider us.
Please vote against the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015-16