A while ago I wrote about the governments war against the poor. Indeed, I said that they treat you worse than a criminal. Well I was right. I know people that I have spoken to outside the Jobcentre who have said that they’ve had to steal to eat. Getting caught was a bonus because they would get a bed for the night and some food and sympathy from the police officers. Compare that with the distinct lack of sympathy and compassion from the DWP.
The police aren’t happy with this either. The crime levels have risen as a result but police staffing has been cut to the bare bones. I speak to the PCSOs that sometimes attend our demos, and they say the same thing. They say that their workload has got much harder and they are dealing with alot more suicides and attempted suicides than they have ever known. Shoplifting is commonplace and issues like alcoholism amd drug abuse have worsened because there is less help for them than ever before.
If you see someone shoplifting, don’t be too quick to judge. They might not have had any other choice.
Also today (Thursday) is demo day so join us outside Ashton Under Lyne Jobcentre from 1-3pm. We demonstrate on behalf of the claimants going inside the Jobcentre. We also offer advice, sometimes food and clothing and a shoulder to cry on. We make no judgements. No one deserves to be treated like they are being treated.