Workshy Scrounger

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Share your poverty story

Guardian wants us to share our stories about life in poverty. There are still 23 days left to show them what it is really like. Some of the stories might even be featured in the comment is free section. Do it – it might just bring about some changes, at least in how people perceive us. To submit your story, go here.


I am not Stephen Hawking

The Tory mouthpiece, the Daily Mail, is on it again by quoting a GP who said:

The fact is, nearly everyone is capable of some kind of work. I had considered, at one point, putting up a portrait of Professor Stephen Hawking in my consulting room with a caption that said, “This bloke is not on the sick.”

Hawking is rich. He can make adaptations to make his life easier that other motor-neurone disease sufferers can only dream about. He also had a job that was not affected by his disability – it’s not like he was an Olympic athlete or a labourer. Or even worked in a laboratory making physical models of things or experimenting. That he is a genius in his field must have also helped quite a bit. Or his above average IQ. Also, perhaps he was lucky and had an understanding employer. So it’s not like Hawking is a good example of what disabled people can or should do.

If Dr Phil Peverely was my GP, I would never resort to his services even if I was in complete agony. He lacks compassion and is apparently disgusted by disabled people and what he perceives as shiftlessness.

Finally, another inaccuracy (in theory, sick fit notes are only necessary for the first thirteen weeks):

In May a poll of 4,000 family doctors by the Department for Work and Pensions found that three quarters felt obliged to issue sick notes, which allow patients to claim benefits, even though they were not strictly ill.

Surely, a doctor’s signature means that I am not capable of working at the moment and no adaptations would let me carry out my duties for the time being. I do not see what there is to be confused about. Isn’t it some form of fraud if you just sign a fit note when you are unsure whether patient’s conditions warrants it?

Anyway, inspired by the article, I am off to apply for the hundreds of jobs that allow telecommuting. I am sure I will be successful and benefit not only financially but also my depression will lift and I will have more friends as well. I wish I knew it earlier that there is an alternative to life on benefits.

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