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Monday, 30 July 2012

How I Almost Lost My Boyfriend To The #WCA

How I Almost Lost My Boyfriend To The #WCA: ESA was supposed to be a disability benefit that would support disabled people and help them get back into work. In theory it should work but the way it has been implemented makes it, in Mark’s own words, “The benefit that keeps me ill.” We both believe that had he been correctly assessed in the first place and not undergone all the uncertainty and stress of appealing he’d have recovered and returned to work many months ago. With each week that he has to wait for an assessment or a tribunal or the next ESA50 form his condition deteriorates. The system has failed him and is prolonging his suffering. No one deserves to go through this sort of torture especially not an extremely vulnerable mentally ill human being.
Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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