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?