Memorandum submitted by Brian Wexford
after the publication of the Welfare Reform Green Paper
I would like to submit a few thoughts on the
proposed changes to incapacity benefit.
Firstly I would support any initiative to help
people who want to work and are in a fit state to work.
I would not support what Hutton is proposing
which is the systematic bullying and punishment of claimants if
they don't do as they are told. For example, the reduction of
benefit if a claimant fails to attend an interview.
There are a lot of very worried people out there
with severe mental health problems who genuinely believe that
the government will hound them to suicide or leave them destitute
on the streets in it's zeal to "help" them (force them
off benefit). Don't be surprised if you read in the papers articles
about people denied incapacity benefit being forced to steal to
Individuals who genuinely believe they are unfit
to work yet are told they are fit and that they will be forced
to work "or else" are going to suffer severe anxiety
and depression which will worsen any mental or physical condition
they already have.
This is not helping people it is persecuting
them. This is utterly disgraceful behaviour from an uncaring and
bankrupt government. What next, the return of the workhouse?