This evil, criminal coalition government is literally getting away with murder. Just because there are people who abuse the system (and I’m not for one moment denying that), they punish everyone. Yes, punish the cheats and the scroungers but only the cheats and the scroungers! Not the section of society who needs you most – those who cannot work for either genuine health reasons or because there are simply no jobs where they live. Especially those in ill health, the most vulnerable members of our society, how dare this government hound them – often to their death as this reblog shows.
Let’s face it, what they’re doing is to steal money most of us have paid in National Insurance contributions (note the name of the tax) to insure us against things like illness and unemployment and use it for their own ends.
Let’s hope that all the comfortably off people in jobs now who join in the mass vilifying of all those on benefits, genuine or not, never need those aforementioned benefits for themselves…
Benefits are not charity. They’ve been paid for by the people of this country for a health service and a welfare service to cushion them if the worst happens. By all means, get the scroungers and fraudsters and hang them out to dry but by what right does any government persecute the ill and the disabled just because they need money for the coffers? If you want more money, tax those super-rich corporations who owe you billions of pounds of revenue!
But no… it’s easier to pick on the most vulnerable, those who can’t fight back, isn’t it?
A Department for Work and Pensions Freedom Of Informationrequest (FOI) yielded a response showing that people having their claim for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) stopped, between October 2010 and November 2011, with a recorded date of death within six weeks of that claim ceasing, who were until recently claiming Incapacity Benefit (IB), totalled 310. Between January and November 2011, those having their ESA claim ended, with a recorded date of death within six weeks of that claim ending totalled 10,600.
Bearing in mind that those who were successfully migrated to ESA from IB were assessed and deemed unfit for work, (under a different assessment process, originally) one would expect that the death rates would be similar to those who have only ever claimed ESA. This is very clearly not the case.
Furthermore, there are NO alarming increases in mortality rates amongst those who are still in receipt of Incapacity Benefit…
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