DWP admits making up quotes by ‘benefit claimants’ saying sanctions helped them. This is the tip of the iceberg!
If people are shocked by this then once everything comes out about DWP manipulation, lies and harassment will leave people aghast!And it’s understandable why the Government would want to convince people that sanctions do work with people claiming sickness benefit, considering how much their use is increasing.
Impossible targets have been set which people cannot meet. They repeatedly get sanctioned (at least 2 weeks with zero funds) which lowers the Unemployment rate. For the government to prove to the public that it is doing something about these heinous criminals (those not currently paying tax) they then use these targets as evidence as a persuasive tool. People have stopped being people. They have become numbers and targets.
Iain Duncan Smith met a whistle-blower who has worked for his Department for Work and Pensions for more than 20 years.
Giving the Secretary of State a dossier of evidence, the former Jobcentre Plus adviser told him of a “brutal and bullying” culture of “setting claimants up to fail”.
“The pressure to sanction customers was constant,” he said. “It led to people being stitched-up on a daily basis.”
“We were constantly told ‘agitate the customer’ and that ‘any engagement with the customer is an opportunity to sanction
Yet it is this front line staff who are facing this pressure. The pressure to knowingly starve people breaks many Job centre staff who simply cannot ‘sleep at night’ with the conscience of what is happening to the vulnerable. Anyone classed as “vulnerable” is generally eligible to claim hardship support immediately, but others – in reality, the vast majority of people lumped into jobseeker’s allowance – are not allowed until the 15th day of being sanctioned. This distinction is quite an insight into DWP thinking: the belief that there is any living person who can be left without money for food for two weeks and not be vulnerable to starving. The pressure to meet targets that do not reflect reality. The pressure to be immoral.
Debbie Abrahams said: “I am deeply concerned that sanctions are being used to create the illusion the Government is bringing down unemployment,” Sanctions can last from a couple of days to three years, and leave claimants destitute.
The whistle blower asserted: managers fraudulently altered claimants’ records, adding: “Managers would change people’s appointments without telling them. The appointment wouldn’t arrive in time in the post so they would miss it and have to be sanctioned. That’s fraud. The customer fails to attend. Their claim is closed. It’s called ‘off-flow’ – they come off the statistics. Unemployment has dropped. They are being stitched up.”
I have had my disability payments stopped by DWP, attended the PIP assessment in June, received a letter 2 weeks later to say that my DLA will be stopped on the 21st July, have had letter from Council to say that due to my circumstances changing they can not pay anymore towards my rent as am on full payment. Have challenged the PIP assessment and am waiting to hear but that could take 8 weeks, so what am I to do in the meantime, will mean rent arrears etc which I have never had before, my sister is helping as much as she can, have worked since I was 15, never been out of work, had a breakdown and have arthritis, am on antidepresents which have been increased due to the worry of this , am visiting doctor every 2 weeks as feeling suicidal, the government do not care about the ordinary people that have worked then become ill, I am 61,help
I signed on March 2014 until may this year, in just over a year I didn’t see a full payment more than twice.
I was sanctioned for a month summer of 2014, to this day I dnt know way
Just before Christmas I was sanctioned for 3 months for not going to anappointment that I was at, for A4E, turns out that even tho I’d been going to see these people 2 or 3 times a week sometimes doing almost 20 mile round trip on foot, because bus fare is a 5er, when ur sanctioned £5 goes a surprisingly long way. I wasn’t even on they’re books?!!.
So go to sign on at what I hope is the end of my unfair nonsensical sanction to be told I’m going straight in to another 1, you’ve got a choice for why this time, either it’s because I had more than £16,000 in the bank (at the time I didn’t even have a bank account) or because I’d not done enough job searching ( that week alone I’d had 3 interviews & a trial shift ).
So Ian Duncan fuckface got his numbers up, 1 more off benefits, just because it’s impossible to sign on, I’m not back in work, if anything over a couple of years being homeless fighting with the dwp never mind a whole bunch of personal shit that I won’t bore you with, I’m probably less employable, as the state of mind iv been left in because of the rediculousness & incompetence of the dwp & the mini hitlers they have sitting in that pit of vipers we call the job centre….
Mark Wood, aged 44. ws found fit for work by Atos, against his Doctors advice and assertions that he had complex mental health problems. Starved to death after benefits stopped, weighing only 5st 8lb when he died.
By psychological torture, I mean a form of treatment that that could be considered as a “cruel and unusual punishment” or that that creates states of “learned helplessness, psychological regression or depersonalisation“…….As everyone should know by now, it doesn’t matter what kind of documentary evidence of their illness provided by their GP or medical specialists, if the seriously ill or disabled individual “fails” their 15 odd minute tickbox assessment by Atos, they are stripped of their benefits. It doesn’t matter what kind of concrete medical evidence is presented that the individual isn’t fit for work, the Atos assessment takes primacy.
“I’ve had people on the phone crying their eyes out and saying they are going to commit suicide.
“On one occasion I had to call an ambulance because they said they had stopped taking their medication. Some people have been going for months and months without money.”
One such claimant (although now called Customers) was Steven Cawthra, aged 55. His benefits were stopped by the DWP and with rising debts, he saw suicide as the only way out of a desperate situation. Another ‘customer’ went to hell and back fighting the DWP and only because of his emotional strength did he finally win.
Well after 73 weeks (started march 11 2014) of fighting, I’ve finally won my appeal for PIP! Awarded enhanced for living and normal for mobility (ATOS awarded me 1 point in living originally, not to mention the amount of lies on the report!).
The tribunal itself lasted 5 mins as they’d already decided on a paper trial and didnt even need additional evidence from me…which was lucky as they’d lost my folder with all my evidence in, only to find it as we came out of the courtroom.
It’s been a week since the tribunal, so i’m now just waiting on the DWP to actually award me my full backpay, i’m guessing they’ll string this bit out for as long as possible too? Anyone know on average how long this bit takes?
I’m amazed even supplying reports from 2 separate psychiatrists , my GP of ten years and 3 therapists and they still said I wasn’t able to get pip, yet the courts took two seconds to say yes! Atos are a huge joke when it comes to mental health issues
Just goes to show, you HAVE to keep fighting, as the DWP will do everything in their power to stop you from getting anything from them!
Another claimant suffered this barabaric torture. No he was not dunked as a witch. But the impossibility to prove your innocence was as fatal. If he was innocent he would die from his neglected condition or suicide, if he was not he would be sanctioned and die.
DWP continues to push centres to find people fit for work. Paul Barney Barnard first attended Atos at 2pm Monday 16th april 2012. I was told that there was a considerable wait. I had a hospital appointment, I requested a postponement. It was rebooked for Friday 20th April at 08.30 am when I insisted upon a copy of their policy on recording myself, the assessor became angry, shouted at me despite asking her 3 times not to, and abandoned the assessment. I complained to Atos. Then another appointment booked for Monday 18th June 2012 – which I believe was cancelled whilst my complaint was being heard. So another appointment for the 3rd July 2012 was made and then cancelled by atos for no apparent reason. Then an appointment for Thursday the 9th August 2012 was attended. When I expressed my fears regarding the process after two documentaries on national television, and informed the assessor that my notes might be used in a legal case, she simply walked out leaving me and my companions in the room for 20 minutes until the receptionist came to help us.
An appointment for 2.30 pm on Monday 10th September was carried out. I felt intimidated on two counts.
1 -that Atos healthcare had threatened me with “referral back to the DWP if my behaviour intimidated their staff” for which there was no clearer explanation, and being received on the Friday previous, I had no way of clarifying this.
2 -that the doctor was accompanied by the receptionist who would have no right to access to my medical knowledge.
- Due to the above i was unable to say anything about how I felt for fear of benefit sanctions. I am unable to understand that atos accused me in writing on emails to the DWP of intimidating their staff twice, yet still gave me zero points for this which is 15 points.
- That the recorded assessment was 100% misreported regarding my driving a manual car, and that the following were not accurate:
- I have trouble dealing with people. i am unable due to medication to learn new tasks, or manage to begin and finish daily tasks. i do not take care of bills, and household tasks.
- I was never able to stay sitting or standing for more than ten minutes.
- I cannot pick up anything from the floor without considerable pain.
The process from April to September 2012 has caused a huge increase in my anxiety stress and depression, and during that process my back pain became unbearable for up to 4 days at a time. it has triggered a recurrence of strong desires to commit suicide on at least 8 occasions.
Another claimant has suffered at the hands of the DWP corruption. I had my appeal assessment on Friday 7th August in Manchester the doctor on the panel was horrible I was in there for around 1 hour and I had loads off questions fired at me I cried because I cant do much with my daughter and I got stuck on some questions I left the room and let them talk came back in 5-10mins later and got standard care even though my partner who is my carer does everything for me and I only got 4 points for mobility even though I had loads off letters saying my mobility is deteriorating but they only awarded me 4 points on mobility I was on higher rate care and higher rate mobility on DLA for 5 years. Now under DWP I was awarded 0 points on mobility and only 4 points on care and from the tribunal I got 4 points on mobility and 9 points on care, I’m shocked that I didn’t get more points I need my mobility more then care I’m home bound because of this and don’t know what I am supposed to do now as I want to keep fighting this.
Naturally, there’s no suggestion anywhere on the leaflet – which has mysteriously disappeared from the DWP website but has been downloaded by Welfare Weekly – that these claimants are fictional. The positive spin is so firmly rooted in the realms of fantasy as to be ludicrous, and follows an incident last year where the department was accused of planting fake tweets praising the much-maligned universal credit measures, though it denied this Tales abound from claimants who have been sanctioned for a range of bizarre and trivial reasons please see (http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/) such as failing to apply for a job that had expired, or missing a jobcentre appointment that clashed with a work programme interview. There have been punishments that are shocking in their heartlessness: it could be a funeral, a stillbirth, a heart attack, a premature labour that causes you to miss your signing-on appointment: tough. No excuses. No one wants to be out of work. Everyone is desperate to find employment. Even those you are deemed not fit for work, desire work, they just cannot do it because of their conditions. Yet this is never what the public is told. The public are continually badgered with false facts, manipulation, spin, and language that persuades them they are being cheated and conned.
They are of course. But not by benefit claimants. Last week, a famished woman whose benefits were stopped was prosecuted and fined more than £300 for stealing a 75p pack of Mars Bars. Reality isn’t quite panning out the way the Conservatives intended.Under the government’s “hard line” approach, almost 1 million jobseeker’s allowance claimants were sanctioned in 2014, yet there are doubts as to the sanctions’ effectiveness in helping people find work. The work and pensions select committee said that the government had not presented evidence that the system was not “purely punitive”. Was this a head line in the press? NO! Because DWP does not want the public to know the truth. The truth is ‘cutting benefits kills’ and that this powerless group in society needs to be enabled and empowered, not tortured, abused, and treated like a criminal.
I have skimmed over the current issues reguarding Work Capability Assessments (WCA) and Sanctions. I have skimmed over the media and DWP manipulation. I have skimmed over the evidence and facts, the death soon to be released and twisted to prove their innocence not guilt.
The able and disabled are uniting. The employed tax payers and the unemployed are uniting. Unionists and non unionists are uniting. You do not need to be impacted by Sanctions or WCA – I am not. But I am a human. I believe in humanity. I believe that it is our duty as human beings to protect the vulnerable in our community. Since the stone age there is evidence that the elderly, the disabled and children were looked after by the strong and able. It is human nature to feel compassion for those in need, for those vulnerable and weak. It is our innate nature to strive to protect these people. They are people. If a stone age society can recognise this, then how can a civilised society not? We pride ourselves on on living in the ‘information era’ yes people seem to know very little about truth or human beings, but are distracted by trivialities. Celebrity weddings, what we ate for lunch that we upload to Facebook, mock-umentaries that are like the Colosseum where we can offer a thumbs down for those portrayed as ‘baddies’ and cheer for the ‘goodies’. The list is endless. If you think about it- really think about it, Strictly Come dancing, The Voice, Britain’s got Talent, Celebrity Get me Out of Here, they are all aimed to stop you thinking. They may be entertaining, but so was people thrown to the lions in the amphitheatre, but this does not mean it is right. It does not mean that selfish society is right. People are people and this could so easily be you. You have no idea what is around the corner, if you do not stand up for the powerless, then what right do you have to complain when you become vulnerable? We all age, one day we will all be old (hopefully) we will rely on others, we will rely on the state. Does that make us criminals? No! But you may be portrayed as so, if we allow this heinous attack on people now.
Additionally, were you aware that only 0.05% maximum of claims have been fraudulent? That means at least 99.5% are genuine claims. This tiny fraction in society that has tried to take advantage of society has been a means for the elite and powerful to embellish the truth and justify pain and suffering to all the vulnerable with your silent consent.
Don’t give your consent to destroying the lives of the weak and vulnerable. Make a stand and say NO!