Workshy Scrounger

Tag: Welfare

ATOS losing monopoly is not good news

It is not bad news either. The government is simply looking for a scapegoat to justify the appalling outcomes of the work capability assessments. It will also allow them to spend some more money in the name of saving it and then complain that the benefit bill is spiralling out of control.

Every Atos recommendation is reviewed by the holy and inaccessible Decision Maker. Why have they not picked up on the flaws within the reports? Why was an action not taken sooner? Why are they not being punished for it? Because the reports are not the problem here. A written summary of a document that records incorrect answers will be flawed by necessity. The company is paid to say you are fit as a fiddle – they have to lie somewhere to ensure that they get the targets required by their client.

The problem is within the work capability assessment itself. As long as there are targets, tick-boxes and presumption of scrounger-ence, no amount of written report improvement will change anything. They will just find a different way to deny us the help we need. In the meantime, more people will be put into destitution and more people will die while the public rejoices that something is being done and something is finally changing. It’s not. It’s just the royal birth preventing us from seeing this smoke screen for what it is.

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Lifestyle choices – benefits and food banks

I got used to being told that being disabled and on benefits is my choice. I guess I could top myself and get off benefits – as my psychologist says: there is always a choice even if we do not like either option. First thing I see today:

Demand for food banks ‘has nothing to do with benefits squeeze,’ says Lord Freud

I must still be asleep then. Only I am not. Perhaps, I started doing all the drugs as I should – what with me being an accomplished benefit scrounger. Only I did not. I must have lost my mind then. Either me or him and it is impossible that the minister of welfare reform would spout such ill-informed views. It must be me. Or I am reading it wrong. No!? Insanity then. Thank goodness! It’s just me and not the whole world.

Unfortunately, it all comes down to the preternatural ability of our government to explain everything away without ever referring to basic facts. To living in the fairy tale world where benefit claimants are happy and well-off, where all children have three square meals every day, where liveable wage jobs are there for the taking and the disabled are getting all kinds of support they need.

However, as it seems, we, the benefit scroungers, are no longer happy sponging solely off the state. Now it is time to involve the charities. Three days’ worth of food three times a month means that we will be able to upgrade our Sky subscription to super-hd with tea-making option. Or buy so many more bottles of cider. Or squander our our ultra-generous benefits in some other way. You know, your GP will refer you. Everyone knows how easy it is to get the sick fit line, drugs and disability certificate (so much so that Atos had to be hired because GPs and specialists cannot be trusted). There is no shame in begging for food. In having to walk miles to the nearest one. In having to wait because the demand (caused by the government) outstrips supply.

Even the DWP spokesman says “[…]Jobcentre Plus – for the first time – is now referring people to [food banks’] services.” Why, pray tell, if there is no need.

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