xXMessedUpXx wrote: »
I was at the worst i#ve ver been mental health wise (in 20 years of suffering from it) when i claimed ESA. I never wnat to go back to those days. Was always in the support group due to my suicide risk (and a recent attempt when i claimed). The continous asessments added to that stress. The thought of being found fit for work when i clearly wasn't scared the life out of me, i think every assement i had resulted in self harm and the crisis team being called the stress certainly inscreased my suicidal feelings.
Cyclamen wrote: »
I don't know what the answer is as clearly we need to be assessed.
Ames wrote: »
Which is why one of the worst changes (IMO) under UC is that people who can't work full time have to go through the work capability assessment to 'prove' that they're ill enough to get what were tax credits.
AFAIK, disabled tax credits aren't being massively abused by healthy people somehow playing the system to work part time.
Penitent wrote: »
I'm fine with there being some form of assessment system, I'd just prefer it if the system didn't make my health worse or make me harm myself. I don't think that's too much to ask for.
We currently have a system where claimants are being assessed by people who know nothing about their condition and who ignore the advice of specialists. The assessment companies have never met the quality standards for the assessment reports they're producing. There are waiting lists of nearly two years for assessments in some areas. When people do appeal to an independent Tribunal, most of them have the decisions overturned. The system also finds people fit for work even if the work they are fit for doesn't exist, meaning they just end up on long-term JSA, where they are punished for failing to get the non-existant job with sanctions and increasingly onerous work-related activities..
So, yes, we should absolutely not hand out the taxpayer's money to anyone who asks for it...starting with these incompetent assessment companies, who seem to be costing a fortune and doing !!!! all to earn it.
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