Disabled sanctioned for 3 months over christmas and forced to attend the Jobcentre daily.

Ashton-under-Lyme jobcentre here show that there is no depth of cruelty to which they won’t stoop. The main story here is of a very ill and disabled lady, who was refused benefit and forced to attend a computer course at the Jobcentre. Although their decision has been overturned, she has not been paid her backpay. A man with depression was left suicidal by their maltreatment, and another man with liver disease also refused help.

The whole DWP needs an overhaul. And the Ashton-under-Lyme jobcentre staff need mass sacking and prosecution. Two people have died in the street because of sanctions from them. and that may well be the tip of an iceberg.

The poor side of life

Our demo yesterday was quiet but emotionally exhausting. We are hearing a lot of stories from people who are very obviously chronically ill. These people are all Ill and had sick notes from their doctors but the Jobcentre yet again are saying that these sick notes aren’t good enough. They are ignoring a lot of sick notes and in some cases loosing them and claiming that they didn’t exist. One lady who was obviously very ill and disabled has her money stopped for 3 months all over christmas. She was freezing cold because she didn’t have the money to put her heating on due to having pay as you go metres. She didn’t realise that she could get her housing benefit paid to her on a zero income basis either so she is now in debt to her landlord. She challenged her non payment and won but the job centre…

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