Insanity of our benefits system.

Total madness yet again.  One of my friends has just been turned down for ESA severe disability premium and is being expected to look for work.  He was recently turned down for Personal Independence Payment at Tribunal level.  This is a guy who can barely walk, struggles to meet people due to trust issues and is blind in one eye.  He is receiving the absolute bare minimum of means tested support, which thanks to the Universal Credit system means he has £709 a month to live on, including his housing costs and council tax. 

Yet in comparison, I was exempted from council tax, given a reduction in water rates, get full enhanced PIP and full severe disability ESA because those aren't means tested and in one case it I shall contribution based.  I had to go with him to see his GP just to plead for him to get a bus pass.  So there he is, struggling to even buy food because two completely unqualified assessors put him through several hours of questioning and he didn't answer right.  I wasn't even asked in for a face to face interview by comparison.

How is there such inequality and inconsistency of provision of support for the disabled ffs.  I really do wonder if his skin colour has anything to do with it (he's black). 

Advice mates? Is this worthy of an MP email requesting for intervention or are they useless?

unclear from story if it is the rules that are fvck Ed up or the application of them. If he is entitled under current rules and assessors made a mistake then definitely worth complaining everywhere is think. Press, councillor, MP etc

Well, you have to pass various descriptors and despite me trying to brief him I think he clammed up a bit because he's not great at meeting new people, especially those asking deeply personal and potentially embarrassing questions.

Hes mid 50s and a proud guy, maybe he understated his issues but there should be provision for that sort of thing within the system.

99% off all assesments done by Crapita  for DWP are overturned at Tribunal and Court level

that is outrageous.

As is all intentional obstructive bureaucracy.  Bastards.

Why can't he work? I could do my work unable to walk and blind in my eye as like a lot of jobs it is basically typing from home. Of course he may not be able to type as he has no hands or something but I think we need more facts to reach a fair conclusion.

Do they not look at his medical records at all?  Is there no input from his GP?

Going a bit soft on the hands thing there not to mention free and easy with taxpayers' money. Look at Stephen Hawking or that bloke from My Left Foot. Did they need hands? No they did not. 

Do they not look at his medical records at all?  Yes and take no noice

 

Is there no input from his GP? Yes and they take no notice of that as well

Appeal. There is a fair amount of evidence out there that the initial assessment is deliberately skewed. If you need advice try the Bar Pro Bono Unit or if you can find a Law Centre/CAB go there and refer it to FRU

Going a bit soft on the hands thing there not to mention free and easy with taxpayers' money.

Obviously completely beside the point but my wife’s new colleague basically has no hands and it doesn’t stop her doing using a computer. 

FFS tell him to man up, even Stephen Hawking worked...

 

(I now totally uncalled for and a b*st*rd trick making light of Tecco's mate predicament - BTH I just couldn't resist after Lyd's post)

 

 

I think there's too much personal stuff in his backstory to go into reasons why he can't but some of it includes side effects of stuff he is taking to deal with various things.  Which i struggle with too, hell I have to take on or two naps during the day because of how bad the tranquisers hit me.

"I could do my work unable to walk and blind in my eye as like a lot of jobs it is basically typing from home"

Let me rewrite that to reflect reality

"I could do my work unable to walk and blind in my eye as like a comparatively small number of jobs it is basically typing with an eye-watering number of grammatical and typographical errors from home"

 

Can I just gratz Tecco on inventing a m7 who is cooler than my m7 dave.  I have wanted to be m7s with Long John Silver for like forever!

You're such a tosspot.  You're the kind of lawyer who gets his favourite mug 'knobcheesed' at night by the trainees.