Sunday, 23 March 2014

Disabled Benefit Claimants Live In Fear Of The Sound Of The Letterbox

... if you are disabled or an ill benefit claimant, living under the
constant threat of an ATOS assessment or benefit sanction, [the sound of
the letterbox] immediately causes the blood pressure to rise, and panic
to kick in.
This is EXACTLY how it feels - psychological torture.

I remember going through these same feelings of panic last December, yet, once I got the courage to open it, found that the brown envelope only contained a (impersonalised / dehumanised) letter telling me about my (frankly, insulting and paultry) £10 "Christmas Bonus".

But as Helen Sims points out, the DWP shifts dates and throws in unexpected assessments at whim - I've already been subjected to one for DLA (likewise my only source of income and independence), despite previous correspondence having "confirmed" my award for a year past the assessment's date - that we are constantly kept in a state of being totally unsure of our future.

For those of us who are chronically ill, all this does is make us more ill. And I cannot for the life of me see how that is good for anyone, nor how it could possibly be of benefit to the country or economy.

Disabled Benefit Claimants Live In Fear Of The Sound Of The Letterbox

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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