It has long been feared that the current benefit rules would mean people marked ‘fit for work’ by the biased and unfit-for-purpose work capability assessment system would then lose ALL state support, as the fact that they are disabled – clear to anybody except those with a vested interest in denying it – means they cannot claim Jobseekers Allowance.
The contradictory nature of the Coalition government’s benefit policy is laid bare for all to see. Perhaps another appeal to the UN or European Union on human rights grounds should now be considered?
‘CHRISTMAS is cancelled’ for a disabled man who was left penniless after slipping through a benefits net.
The 57-year-old man from Gloucester was deemed fit to work – but was then refused jobseekers allowance because he is disabled. For six weeks he was left with no income.
“Christmas in our house is cancelled,” said the man, who lives with his wife and disabled daughter in Tredworth.
For the past 12 years he has received incapacity benefit, as he suffers from a degenerative spinal condition. He cannot sit in an ordinary chair, is in constant pain and has limited mobility.
Government benefit changes meant he was assessed for the new Employment and Support Allowance in October. But on October 29 his £124 a week payments were stopped because he was assessed as ‘fit to work’ and told to claim Jobseekers Allowance.
“But when I went to the Jobcentre, the man there…
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