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Terminally ill Brighton and Hove people left without benefits for months

The Argus: Eva Knebloth Eva Knebloth

People battling a brain tumour, cancer and a rare lung condition have been forced to live for months without benefits they are entitled to – as a Government department drags its feet carrying out assessments. Reporter Natalie Leal learns the stories of some of society’s most vulnerable residents, who are financially relying on friends and neighbours – including one man being evicted from his home.

Terminally ill and disabled people in Brighton and Hove are being left without benefits for months while they wait for an assessment.

A report by Big Lottery funded project, Advice Brighton and Hove, has revealed major delays for disabled people applying for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) – branding the backlog “untenable”.

The research was carried out after several frontline advice workers across the city raised concerns about exceptionally long waiting times for PIP assessments, causing vulnerable people unnecessary distress.

Author of the report, Tess Craven, said: “There is concern in the advice sector that as people applying for PIP are some of the most vulnerable and are being left without adequate finances, this is having a huge impact on their physical and emotional wellbeing.”

Advice Brighton and Hove gathered information, case studies and statistics from seven not-for-profit organisations, The Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Money Advice and Community Support, Age UK Brighton and Hove, Macmillan, Brighton Unemployed Centre. Families Project, The Federation for Disabled People and the Welfare Rights team at Brighton and Hove City Council.

From 60 example cases Advice Brighton and Hove found that just three people who had applied for the new benefit had received an assessment since its introduction in April 2013.

Extra costs PIPs were brought in to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA). The benefit, for people aged 16 to 64 with a long-term health condition or impairment, helps with some of the extra costs caused by their disability or ill health.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) plans to fully replace DLA with PIP by 2015. Atos Healthcare carries out the assessments on behalf of the Government.

Julie Burrows, an advisor at The Federation for Disabled People, said: “The Disability Advice Centre has helped nearly 50 disabled people apply for PIP since April last year.

“Of these, only two have had an assessment to date and the others are still waiting. We have one client who applied for PIP last July and is still waiting for an assessment.”

One person who has waited months for a PIP assessment is Jane Slee.

The former art lecturer applied for the benefit in September 2013 after the sudden death of her long-term partner.

The 63-year-old said: “I have never claimed any benefits before. My partner died suddenly in August last year.

“Because of my health problems he used to do everything for me, so I didn’t realise how ill I was.”

Ms Slee, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and a rare lung condition, said: “I can’t do everyday things for myself. The local newsagent is the furthest I can walk and that’s 50 yards.

“Often I need to sit on the bench and rest even when I walk there because I get out of breath.”

She applied for the PIP so she could employ someone to help with cleaning and homecare, so she can stay in the home she shared with her partner for 20 years.

Ms Slee is currently relying on friends and neighbours for help.

She said: “I can’t keep relying on people to drive me around and help me. I can’t do any cleaning, if I hoover I may pass out.

“Because I am on my own now I am terribly frightened of falling.

“I carry my mobile phone around with me all the time when I’m at home and I don’t use the bath because I’m scared of falling.”

After her health deteriorated in October last year Ms Slee spent two weeks in hospital. She is concerned gathering dust in her house, which she struggles to clean, is worsening her lung condition.

Since making the application in September Ms Slee had no contact from the DWP or Atos.

Each time she has called she has been told by someone will contact her within two weeks to arrange an assessment. Each time she has heard nothing and she is still waiting for an assessment date to be set.

She said: “You feel apologetic when you keep phoning. But in fact it’s a right to have this.

“I’ve worked all my life, I was a high earner and I have paid a lot of income tax.”

Frustrated by the lack of progress, Ms Slee asked for a home assessment hoping this would be quicker. However she was told a home assessment would take even longer to arrange.

Ms Slee recently contacted her MP Simon Kirby who wrote to the DWP and Atos on her behalf.

She said: “I’ve been waiting nearly five months for them to get in touch with me. Once they send me for an assessment it could be another three months before I get anything.”

She added: “I feel angry. If I wasn’t sure I’d get it backdated I’d be screaming.

“Once I get the payment I can get someone in to scrub the place from top to bottom.”

The DWP states assessments should be completed within 30 working days in 97% of cases with on average no case taking longer than 40 working days.

But the study by Advice Brighton and Hove found 91% of people have been waiting more than one month for an assessment date, with 33% of people waiting between five and seven months.

Eva Knebloth, 56, from Southwater Close, Brighton has also waited months for her PIP assessment.

Application Suffering with a brain tumour and unable to walk very far or carry heavy bags, she applied for PIP to enable her to get help with everyday tasks like shopping.

Ms Knebloth sent her application form at the beginning of October 2013.

She said: “I didn’t hear anything at all from Atos or the DWP. No letter, no phone call, nothing.”

After months with no contact and following advice from the Federation for Disabled People she also got in touch with her MP Simon Kirby who wrote to Atos and the DWP on her behalf three times before an assessment date and location were finally set.

At her appointment this week Ms Knebloth said she was told she was lucky to get an assessment after four months because most take six months to arrange. She is due to hear the outcome in four weeks.

She said: “If people apply for this payment they are in need at the beginning. The money can help them improve and get better.”

Ms Knebloth relied on her savings and Employment and Support Allowance while she waited for her PIP assessment.

Many people waiting for their assessments are now facing serious financial difficulties as a result of the delays.

The Advice Brighton and Hove report found said many sick and disabled people going through “awful experiences” waiting for their claims to be processed.

One of the 60 example cases was a man suffering with agoraphobia and severe anxiety who has been waiting since July 2013 for his PIP assessment. He is now facing eviction from his flat because he is has fallen behind with his rent payments.

Many front line workers are concerned about the emotional impact the delays are having. Ms Burrows, from The Federation for Disabled People, said: “These delays are causing unnecessary distress to the most vulnerable in our society.”

The report also highlighted the case of a 56-year-old wheelchair dependent man who has been left housebound while he waits for his assessment by Atos.

The man was left with serious mobility difficulties after suffering from cancer in his spine. He spent a year in hospital and applied for PIP when he returned home to live with his mother in September 2013.

Since making his application he has had no information from Atos and is still waiting for an assessment date to be set.

He has been left financially dependent on his mother, who also suffers from her own physical and mobility difficulties as well as depression.

The report said his financial situation has resulted in him being excluded from the wider community, as he cannot afford to pay for a specially-adapted taxi to get out of the house, which is having an increasingly negative effect on his mental health.

In another case, a 32-year-old married father of two had to stop working after being diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer and undergoing chemotherapy.

He and his family suffered serious financial hardship while waiting almost three months for their PIP assessment to be arranged.

During this time the man was vomiting day and night and suffering serious side effects from the chemotherapy.

He and his wife found the PIP delay very stressful and said they felt they were labelled as scroungers and benefit cheats during the process.

The report said the advice sector in Brighton and Hove now feels the situation is “untenable” and urged the DWP and Atos to address the backlog of claims and reduce waiting time significantly.

A DWP spokesperson said: “PIP is a completely new benefit with a new face-to-face assessment and regular reviews.

“In some cases this end-to-end claims process is taking longer than the old system of Disability Living Allowance, which relied on a self-assessment form.

“We are working with providers to ensure that all the steps in the process are as smooth as they can be, and the benefit is back-dated so no one is left out of pocket.”

MPs met last week to discuss the cumulative impact of the government’s welfare reforms on sick and disabled people.

Debate The parliamentary debate was triggered after a petition organised by disability campaign group, War on Welfare (WOW), gathered more than 100,000 signatures.

Simon Kirby, Member of Parliament for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven, said he welcomed the debate and would listen very carefully to all the points made.

Mr Kirby said: “I am always keen to assist my constituents and I have taken up cases on behalf of residents who have experienced delays in claiming PIP payments.

“Where there are delays and problems I will continue to represent my constituents.”

It is not known the total number of people affected by the PIP assessment delays. The report warned the 60 cases investigated by Advice Brighton and Hove only represent a small number of people applying for PIP across the city.

Advice Brighton and Hove asked the DWP to provide statistics showing the total number of residents who have applied for the benefit but their request was denied.

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8:40am Thu 6 Mar 14

MICKY389 says...

Elect a Tory government, this is what you get, when you have a front bench composed of multi millionaires what do they know of these people's difficulties.No problems with Vodaphone's sweetheart deal with the tax authorities however that cost the taxpayer millions, and no problems with tax cuts for the wealthy. Priorities you see, you've got to get your priorities right!!
Elect a Tory government, this is what you get, when you have a front bench composed of multi millionaires what do they know of these people's difficulties.No problems with Vodaphone's sweetheart deal with the tax authorities however that cost the taxpayer millions, and no problems with tax cuts for the wealthy. Priorities you see, you've got to get your priorities right!! MICKY389
  • Score: 49

9:12am Thu 6 Mar 14

We are the 99% says...

So-called human beings, doing this to other human beings, in Britain in 2014?
This is what we've become!
This is what we've allowed to happen!
Oh it's ok if it doesn't affect us, along as it's happening to other people!
Why should I care is the attitude of people nowadays?
Truly sickening!
Well you should hang your heads in shame for thinking about yourselves!
All you people that vote Conservative and Lib Dem, you read this and hang your head in shame!
All you people that vote Conservative and Lib Dem, and you sit in you lovely warm homes, plenty of food, counting all the extra money you got in your tax cut, you read this,and hang your head in shame!
All you Lib Dems that still pretend you are Lib Dems, when you're part of this axis of evil, you read this and hang your head in shame!
To think the Tories were called the Nasty Party once?
Downright evil is the title now!
And The Lib Dems, that label will apply to you also!
You Lib Dems wear the Nasty Party badge! You've earned it!
I guess this truly callous, montrous government, would rather these people just fade away and die?
There only riff-raff!
Working class people like you and I!
Why should the ConDems care?
They live in another world, a world of wealth and privilege!
What would they care about ordinary people struggling?
Between January 2011 and November 2011, 10,600 people died after these Benefit changes! The ConDems will not release the figures of how many have died since then! It's probably tens of thousands now?
History has shown, when true evil conducted this level of genocide (and that is what we are dealing with now), the perpetrators of this, were fought and beaten, and eventually made accountable for their in crimes against humanity!
And so it will be with the ConDems!
You will NOT be allowed to get away with this and you WILL be held accountable, along with the Job Centre staff that did your dirty work for you!
You won't just be deservedly kicked out of Government!
You WILL be held accountable!t
Charities! Religious Leaders! And the working people you clearly despise will see to that!
Assuming your rancid Government survives that long - literally!
So-called human beings, doing this to other human beings, in Britain in 2014? This is what we've become! This is what we've allowed to happen! Oh it's ok if it doesn't affect us, along as it's happening to other people! Why should I care is the attitude of people nowadays? Truly sickening! Well you should hang your heads in shame for thinking about yourselves! All you people that vote Conservative and Lib Dem, you read this and hang your head in shame! All you people that vote Conservative and Lib Dem, and you sit in you lovely warm homes, plenty of food, counting all the extra money you got in your tax cut, you read this,and hang your head in shame! All you Lib Dems that still pretend you are Lib Dems, when you're part of this axis of evil, you read this and hang your head in shame! To think the Tories were called the Nasty Party once? Downright evil is the title now! And The Lib Dems, that label will apply to you also! You Lib Dems wear the Nasty Party badge! You've earned it! I guess this truly callous, montrous government, would rather these people just fade away and die? There only riff-raff! Working class people like you and I! Why should the ConDems care? They live in another world, a world of wealth and privilege! What would they care about ordinary people struggling? Between January 2011 and November 2011, 10,600 people died after these Benefit changes! The ConDems will not release the figures of how many have died since then! It's probably tens of thousands now? History has shown, when true evil conducted this level of genocide (and that is what we are dealing with now), the perpetrators of this, were fought and beaten, and eventually made accountable for their in crimes against humanity! And so it will be with the ConDems! You will NOT be allowed to get away with this and you WILL be held accountable, along with the Job Centre staff that did your dirty work for you! You won't just be deservedly kicked out of Government! You WILL be held accountable!t Charities! Religious Leaders! And the working people you clearly despise will see to that! Assuming your rancid Government survives that long - literally! We are the 99%
  • Score: 48

9:13am Thu 6 Mar 14

clarkebrighton says...

Iain Doughnut Smith was a Failed PM who was voted out by he's own MP's and is now a failed DWP Minister who should be held to account..

He's own CV is a pack of lies and fiction, The man is Pure Evil .
Iain Doughnut Smith was a Failed PM who was voted out by he's own MP's and is now a failed DWP Minister who should be held to account.. He's own CV is a pack of lies and fiction, The man is Pure Evil . clarkebrighton
  • Score: 51

9:14am Thu 6 Mar 14

We are the 99% says...

MICKY389 wrote:
Elect a Tory government, this is what you get, when you have a front bench composed of multi millionaires what do they know of these people's difficulties.No problems with Vodaphone's sweetheart deal with the tax authorities however that cost the taxpayer millions, and no problems with tax cuts for the wealthy. Priorities you see, you've got to get your priorities right!!
Spot on!
Truly evil, along with their supporters!
[quote][p][bold]MICKY389[/bold] wrote: Elect a Tory government, this is what you get, when you have a front bench composed of multi millionaires what do they know of these people's difficulties.No problems with Vodaphone's sweetheart deal with the tax authorities however that cost the taxpayer millions, and no problems with tax cuts for the wealthy. Priorities you see, you've got to get your priorities right!![/p][/quote]Spot on! Truly evil, along with their supporters! We are the 99%
  • Score: 40

12:58pm Thu 6 Mar 14

tykemison says...

How utterly depressing, what a bunch of scumbags our leaders and civil servants truely are, no civilised society would treat a Dog in such a manner, to say all applicants would have their payments backdated so no-one would be out of pocket, makes my blood boil, I would love 5 minutes alone with these heartless goons to sort out our differences! ! Sad thing is, democratically, there is not much we can do, vote in ed millipede? I despair.
How utterly depressing, what a bunch of scumbags our leaders and civil servants truely are, no civilised society would treat a Dog in such a manner, to say all applicants would have their payments backdated so no-one would be out of pocket, makes my blood boil, I would love 5 minutes alone with these heartless goons to sort out our differences! ! Sad thing is, democratically, there is not much we can do, vote in ed millipede? I despair. tykemison
  • Score: 26

6:21pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Durango_Splubb says...

tykemison, It's not only the 'leaders' and civil servants although they are bad enough, it's the un-electable, un-accountable herds of "advisers"! They know the price of everything and the value of nothing and they're always on secondment from one of the big all-corrupting "accountancy" mobs PWC et al!
If ministers were correctly limited to taking advice from their very knowledgeable civil servants we certainly wouldn't be in this vicious, cruel, heartless, careless mess where thousands are dying to save IDS & the DWP's reputation as ruthless murderers!
tykemison, It's not only the 'leaders' and civil servants although they are bad enough, it's the un-electable, un-accountable herds of "advisers"! They know the price of everything and the value of nothing and they're always on secondment from one of the big all-corrupting "accountancy" mobs PWC et al! If ministers were correctly limited to taking advice from their very knowledgeable civil servants we certainly wouldn't be in this vicious, cruel, heartless, careless mess where thousands are dying to save IDS & the DWP's reputation as ruthless murderers! Durango_Splubb
  • Score: 21

7:06pm Thu 6 Mar 14

tykemison says...

Well said Durango, I suppose most people are content eating processed poison and watching eastenders of an evening to open their eyes, but stories like this make me sick to the stomach and just feel helpless by how intolerant our society has become, how do our"peers"sleep at night?
Well said Durango, I suppose most people are content eating processed poison and watching eastenders of an evening to open their eyes, but stories like this make me sick to the stomach and just feel helpless by how intolerant our society has become, how do our"peers"sleep at night? tykemison
  • Score: 16

7:39pm Thu 6 Mar 14

We are the 99% says...

Durango_Splubb wrote:
tykemison, It's not only the 'leaders' and civil servants although they are bad enough, it's the un-electable, un-accountable herds of "advisers"! They know the price of everything and the value of nothing and they're always on secondment from one of the big all-corrupting "accountancy" mobs PWC et al! If ministers were correctly limited to taking advice from their very knowledgeable civil servants we certainly wouldn't be in this vicious, cruel, heartless, careless mess where thousands are dying to save IDS & the DWP's reputation as ruthless murderers!
I heard, that politicians don't run the country, but the civil service?
Maybe you're right?
But if any politician puts into effect, legislation that they MUST know is wrong, then that politician is unfit to be in government if they lack even the most basic of principles of knowing what is right, and what is clearly wrong!
No!
They are ALL guilty as charged!
And they will ALL be held accountable to international law at some time in the future!
That I will guarantee!
[quote][p][bold]Durango_Splubb[/bold] wrote: tykemison, It's not only the 'leaders' and civil servants although they are bad enough, it's the un-electable, un-accountable herds of "advisers"! They know the price of everything and the value of nothing and they're always on secondment from one of the big all-corrupting "accountancy" mobs PWC et al! If ministers were correctly limited to taking advice from their very knowledgeable civil servants we certainly wouldn't be in this vicious, cruel, heartless, careless mess where thousands are dying to save IDS & the DWP's reputation as ruthless murderers![/p][/quote]I heard, that politicians don't run the country, but the civil service? Maybe you're right? But if any politician puts into effect, legislation that they MUST know is wrong, then that politician is unfit to be in government if they lack even the most basic of principles of knowing what is right, and what is clearly wrong! No! They are ALL guilty as charged! And they will ALL be held accountable to international law at some time in the future! That I will guarantee! We are the 99%
  • Score: 10

9:00pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Durango_Splubb says...

We are the 99% says...
"...They are ALL guilty as charged!
And they will ALL be held accountable to international law at some time in the future!
That I will guarantee!"

I wish I had your faith!
I'm 62 and a bit and from the corrupt Horace Cutler who was a fiddling tory during Harold MacMillan's time in office in the 50s I've seen politicians of all shades and shapes and sizes, police, postal workers, religious people, educators and even those in what was once the National Health Service getting clogged up by more and more corruption at every conceivable level.

And during that time I've seen only scape goats getting the blame. Lloyd Webber's latest West End flop was about the Profumo Affair, Fall-guy Stephen Ward was the only one to suffer. Stephen Lawrence is back in the news, Home secretary Theresa May says "...one policeman may have been corrupt in the first trial". -Whereas there is masses of evidence covered up and systematically destroyed by the whole South-East London police force to clearly tell us different! Whistle blowers who revealed the mass killings and murderous behaviour in Staffordshire health service have been bullied, derided, forced out of their job and profession!

Our once great civil service were the source of the best and most impartial information that permitted our predecessors to act quite wisely and for the most part honestly enough for us to become the most advanced bit of 'civilisation' on our tiny globe. As I said they've been corruptly superseded by self-serving pocket-lining scumbags!

We are a run down tin pot third world country run by mega-rich gaggle of uncaring moronic cretins!

I'm constantly sickened by what I hear and read in Private Eye and others with no axe to grind! Grab a copy, every page will horrify you far more than Stephen King could!

Yet still I live in hope...
We are the 99% says... "...They are ALL guilty as charged! And they will ALL be held accountable to international law at some time in the future! That I will guarantee!" I wish I had your faith! I'm 62 and a bit and from the corrupt Horace Cutler who was a fiddling tory during Harold MacMillan's time in office in the 50s I've seen politicians of all shades and shapes and sizes, police, postal workers, religious people, educators and even those in what was once the National Health Service getting clogged up by more and more corruption at every conceivable level. And during that time I've seen only scape goats getting the blame. Lloyd Webber's latest West End flop was about the Profumo Affair, Fall-guy Stephen Ward was the only one to suffer. Stephen Lawrence is back in the news, Home secretary Theresa May says "...one policeman may have been corrupt in the first trial". -Whereas there is masses of evidence covered up and systematically destroyed by the whole South-East London police force to clearly tell us different! Whistle blowers who revealed the mass killings and murderous behaviour in Staffordshire health service have been bullied, derided, forced out of their job and profession! Our once great civil service were the source of the best and most impartial information that permitted our predecessors to act quite wisely and for the most part honestly enough for us to become the most advanced bit of 'civilisation' on our tiny globe. As I said they've been corruptly superseded by self-serving pocket-lining scumbags! We are a run down tin pot third world country run by mega-rich gaggle of uncaring moronic cretins! I'm constantly sickened by what I hear and read in Private Eye and others with no axe to grind! Grab a copy, every page will horrify you far more than Stephen King could! Yet still I live in hope... Durango_Splubb
  • Score: 16

9:01pm Thu 6 Mar 14

tykemison says...

Hope you are right and by 1% more than you user nam:-)
Hope you are right and by 1% more than you user nam:-) tykemison
  • Score: 2

12:00am Fri 7 Mar 14

clubrob6 says...

When people are really ill fighting major illness they are already very stressed out,this is just putting even greater pressure on people.The main parties in this country are now controlled by out of touch millionaires that don't really care about the effect the cuts are having on the genuine sick and disabled,yes the system needed overhauled but its not been done fairly as at the moment everyone claiming benefits is seen as a scrounger.In my case I have bowel and liver cancer,had loads of chemo,bowel operation and most of my liver removed.When I was totally housebound really ill and bedbound after having my liver removed I got a letter saying I had to attend a back to work interview if I did not attend I would lose some of my ESA ,I phoned up really worried as I was dependant on this money and they could not understand why I was housebound and why I could not attend a interview.I got advise and got into the support group,in that group you are not expected to attend interviews as you are too ill,but it took several months to sort and they did not tie all the information together so I had to resend it all in one go with letters from my cancer specialists etc.The system is so wrong as its putting too much pressure on people already fighting the fight of there life to keep alive.
When people are really ill fighting major illness they are already very stressed out,this is just putting even greater pressure on people.The main parties in this country are now controlled by out of touch millionaires that don't really care about the effect the cuts are having on the genuine sick and disabled,yes the system needed overhauled but its not been done fairly as at the moment everyone claiming benefits is seen as a scrounger.In my case I have bowel and liver cancer,had loads of chemo,bowel operation and most of my liver removed.When I was totally housebound really ill and bedbound after having my liver removed I got a letter saying I had to attend a back to work interview if I did not attend I would lose some of my ESA ,I phoned up really worried as I was dependant on this money and they could not understand why I was housebound and why I could not attend a interview.I got advise and got into the support group,in that group you are not expected to attend interviews as you are too ill,but it took several months to sort and they did not tie all the information together so I had to resend it all in one go with letters from my cancer specialists etc.The system is so wrong as its putting too much pressure on people already fighting the fight of there life to keep alive. clubrob6
  • Score: 19

12:13am Fri 7 Mar 14

clubrob6 says...

clarkebrighton wrote:
Iain Doughnut Smith was a Failed PM who was voted out by he's own MP's and is now a failed DWP Minister who should be held to account..

He's own CV is a pack of lies and fiction, The man is Pure Evil .
One day Smith might get a dreadfull illness like cancer and see how really ill you can be,then with the added worry of losing financial support when the cost of your illness soars.Ive got bowel and liver cancer had operations and chemo Smith just put a lot of worry on me with his unfair reforms on the genuine sick and disabled.Surely they should leave the most seriously ill people alone I for example was asked to attend a back to work interview after just getting my liver out I was bedbound but they were not interested just threatened I would lose benefit if I didn't attend,it took me several months to sort out.
[quote][p][bold]clarkebrighton[/bold] wrote: Iain Doughnut Smith was a Failed PM who was voted out by he's own MP's and is now a failed DWP Minister who should be held to account.. He's own CV is a pack of lies and fiction, The man is Pure Evil .[/p][/quote]One day Smith might get a dreadfull illness like cancer and see how really ill you can be,then with the added worry of losing financial support when the cost of your illness soars.Ive got bowel and liver cancer had operations and chemo Smith just put a lot of worry on me with his unfair reforms on the genuine sick and disabled.Surely they should leave the most seriously ill people alone I for example was asked to attend a back to work interview after just getting my liver out I was bedbound but they were not interested just threatened I would lose benefit if I didn't attend,it took me several months to sort out. clubrob6
  • Score: 15

10:14am Fri 7 Mar 14

janxh54 says...

It's interesting the when the wife of IDS got breast cancer, he took 6 months off work to look after her, no such luxury for the plebs !!! He seems to keep very quiet about that and doesn't mention it for some reason ! So it's ok for him to just leave work to look after her whilst treating others with cancer so cruelly, some twisted logic there... then again we have one evil twisted callous person doing a job he is no more fit for than satan.

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I've been through this vile wretched heartless system, and no doubt will contiue to do so till i retire, now not 3 years away as i thought but 9 thanks to altering the retirement age, and i don;t know if i can fight that long.
Surely there must be some provision for terminally ill or people with life long crippling illnesses to be put straight on to the high rate benefits that they deserve, but no it's a one size fits all system with no common sense involved.

I'm ashamed when i see how we treat our most vulnerable, but then i have sympathy and empathy, something severely lacking in this cesspit of a government.
It's interesting the when the wife of IDS got breast cancer, he took 6 months off work to look after her, no such luxury for the plebs !!! He seems to keep very quiet about that and doesn't mention it for some reason ! So it's ok for him to just leave work to look after her whilst treating others with cancer so cruelly, some twisted logic there... then again we have one evil twisted callous person doing a job he is no more fit for than satan. http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 1295830/Betsy-told-c ancer-words-took-bre ath-away-Ian-Duncan- Smith-talks-time-wif es-illness.html I've been through this vile wretched heartless system, and no doubt will contiue to do so till i retire, now not 3 years away as i thought but 9 thanks to altering the retirement age, and i don;t know if i can fight that long. Surely there must be some provision for terminally ill or people with life long crippling illnesses to be put straight on to the high rate benefits that they deserve, but no it's a one size fits all system with no common sense involved. I'm ashamed when i see how we treat our most vulnerable, but then i have sympathy and empathy, something severely lacking in this cesspit of a government. janxh54
  • Score: 17

6:58pm Fri 7 Mar 14

We are the 99% says...

IDS Wife got 6 months off because they're Tories!
It's do as I say, not as I do as ALWAYS with the Tories!
Besides!
They see ordinary people, as working class trash are only on the planet to kiss ours and the riches backsides!
IDS Wife got 6 months off because they're Tories! It's do as I say, not as I do as ALWAYS with the Tories! Besides! They see ordinary people, as working class trash are only on the planet to kiss ours and the riches backsides! We are the 99%
  • Score: 10

6:59pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Farawaynow says...

Let's kick the most vulnerable members of society in the teeth but no problem for Gordon Gekko Brown to bail out the banking scum to the tune of hundreds of billions. with our money, Fiddling LIBOR, cartels to screw people on Gas and electricity but you know what if you act like craven serfs that's exactly how you will be treated.

I remember asking my father why when he came home from the war he gave up his guns instead of rounding up the scum who made money from dead mens' blood and executing them all - the industrialists, the spivs etc. he had no answer.
Let's kick the most vulnerable members of society in the teeth but no problem for Gordon Gekko Brown to bail out the banking scum to the tune of hundreds of billions. with our money, Fiddling LIBOR, cartels to screw people on Gas and electricity but you know what if you act like craven serfs that's exactly how you will be treated. I remember asking my father why when he came home from the war he gave up his guns instead of rounding up the scum who made money from dead mens' blood and executing them all - the industrialists, the spivs etc. he had no answer. Farawaynow
  • Score: -4

10:16pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Levent says...

This is what REALLY p1sses me off about you libs. You don't bat an eyelid when someone terminally ill fails to receive the benefits they're CLEARLY due, as there's no political point scoring to be made. You turn a blind eye and pretend it doesn't happen. Yet how many times we do we hear of some child sex offender- drug addict scumbag with a criminal record as long as their arm not have every whim taken care off at tax payers' expense and you're the FIRST to bang the drum to the beat of "human rights"? You don't even try to hide your agenda anymore do you? You shameless leftie hucksters!!
This is what REALLY p1sses me off about you libs. You don't bat an eyelid when someone terminally ill fails to receive the benefits they're CLEARLY due, as there's no political point scoring to be made. You turn a blind eye and pretend it doesn't happen. Yet how many times we do we hear of some child sex offender- drug addict scumbag with a criminal record as long as their arm not have every whim taken care off at tax payers' expense and you're the FIRST to bang the drum to the beat of "human rights"? You don't even try to hide your agenda anymore do you? You shameless leftie hucksters!! Levent
  • Score: -3

10:41pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Levent says...

MICKY389 wrote:
Elect a Tory government, this is what you get, when you have a front bench composed of multi millionaires what do they know of these people's difficulties.No problems with Vodaphone's sweetheart deal with the tax authorities however that cost the taxpayer millions, and no problems with tax cuts for the wealthy. Priorities you see, you've got to get your priorities right!!
Spare us the crocodile tears Mr Marx. Time and again you libs are ONLY interested in the rights of law breaking scumbags. You label anyone who calls criminals into account for their actions as racist this, and ophobe that.
I bet you searched all day for a sob story of some mis-understood granny robbing smackhead to bang the drum for? Yet, regrettably, all you could find was someone WORTHY for a change, so you begrudgingly used this as a platform score points until a more worthy cause is found. At least you pretend to care about real honest people though bozo, which is more than can be said for your socialist comrades. Don't make it a habit of it though El Capitan, that would really be taking the p!ss, even by YOUR execrable leftie standards!
[quote][p][bold]MICKY389[/bold] wrote: Elect a Tory government, this is what you get, when you have a front bench composed of multi millionaires what do they know of these people's difficulties.No problems with Vodaphone's sweetheart deal with the tax authorities however that cost the taxpayer millions, and no problems with tax cuts for the wealthy. Priorities you see, you've got to get your priorities right!![/p][/quote]Spare us the crocodile tears Mr Marx. Time and again you libs are ONLY interested in the rights of law breaking scumbags. You label anyone who calls criminals into account for their actions as racist this, and ophobe that. I bet you searched all day for a sob story of some mis-understood granny robbing smackhead to bang the drum for? Yet, regrettably, all you could find was someone WORTHY for a change, so you begrudgingly used this as a platform score points until a more worthy cause is found. At least you pretend to care about real honest people though bozo, which is more than can be said for your socialist comrades. Don't make it a habit of it though El Capitan, that would really be taking the p!ss, even by YOUR execrable leftie standards! Levent
  • Score: -6

12:14am Sat 8 Mar 14

Durango_Splubb says...

Levent ol' chap, This is about people unfortunately caught up in this government's meddling with OUR welfare state which Charlie Chaplin described as the finest thing conceived by ALL humankind.
It is not about an individual's political views, Left or Right, it's about what is Right or Wrong! Would you wish to be left without any money, having to rely on hand outs?

Maybe torys killing the frail, old and sick like hitler did is your thing but I'm wondering if you're also SICK!
Levent ol' chap, This is about people unfortunately caught up in this government's meddling with OUR welfare state which Charlie Chaplin described as the finest thing conceived by ALL humankind. It is not about an individual's political views, Left or Right, it's about what is Right or Wrong! Would you wish to be left without any money, having to rely on hand outs? Maybe torys killing the frail, old and sick like hitler did is your thing but I'm wondering if you're also SICK! Durango_Splubb
  • Score: 6

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