Post by nickd (Mylegal) on Mar 12, 2015 22:23:36 GMT
No, I won't be signing it.
It goes nowhere near far enough in stopping the horrendous damage caused by this wicked test. It's cruel, callous and has caused more than enough human suffering without major charities suggesting it can in some way be fixed.
It needs scrapping and the sooner the better. There is no way this toxic test can be improved. The latest results show that IDS has completely manipulated the assessment regime to use the worst possible results to vilify the sick and disabled. With the help of the right wing media he has well and truly succeeded at getting the benefit hating public on side.
I note the DWP Press Office aren't brave enough to show how they are currently and cruelly parking up to 93% claimants on ESA. Why cruel you may wonder? Because it's a mere political convenience to throw people on the sick in order to keep the numbers on JSA down. Once we are on the other side of the election, regardless of who gets in, watch how the current 93% falls dramatically with changes due at the end of this month making it more difficult to stay on ESA when appealing or when re-claiming.
The majority of those who will be affected are the massive numbers with a mental health problem. They'll be forced to either re-claim JSA or come off benefit all together.
This test cannot be fixed, it is beyond any hope of repair.
Sorry I've taken so long to reply, but I have been the victim of direct discrimination on the Work Programme. Unlike many I know how to fight a breach of the Public Sector Equality Duty. The pen is certainly mightier than the sword!
I have the same type of epilepsy as Colin Traynor (tonic clonic epilepsy) and went through the Atos WCA a few years ago. The so called "medical professional" who examined me had no knowledge or experience of neurological conditions. I went through the appeals process all on my jack jones one Xmas and NY. I didn't have time to eat or dress. They didn't include the form, so I had to Google it, download it, upgrade my Adobe Reader in order to see it and then convert it to Word in order to fill it in. Q8 irritated me because you can only yield points if you tick the box stating that you are blind. The Q related to getting across the road safely and I've had many seizures in the middle of the road.
Anyway, I finished the damn thing and asked a jobcentre if they would send it through internal mail. It got there a day before the deadline. I took ages to calm down from the stress, but when I did, I wondered how people who are not computer literate or cannot read or write would have coped. This question led me to volunteer a CAB.
Sadly my negative experience on the Work Programme with Serco's sub-contractor Interserve has meant that I can't give impartial advice to clients so I had to give it up. The Work Programme has reduced my chances of getting a job, but it has given me up front and personal experience of just how ruthless these people can be. Within minutes of meeting my work coach I was in tears and couldn't sleep for days. Anyone who suffers from mental health problems would not be able to cope with this treatment. Writing helps me to cope by forcing me to find a legal foundation for what my instincts tell me is illogical and cruel. I sent a formal letter of complaint to the Manager of the jobcentre where I now have to sign on, a copy to my local MP, a copy to my GP and a copy to a law firm.
It would seem that I don't need any campaign group to fight my corner, but I am always happy to pass on well intentioned campaign info.