Dear readers I’m back and winter has definitely arrived. This morning was a tough one, it’s never easy seeing people leaving the Jobcentre in tears. The DWP might like to portray themselves as being saint-like, compassionate people but the reality is that they’re the complete opposite.
The weather was awful this morning, raining and cold, a terrible combination for anyone that is street homeless or living in a home that they can’t afford to heat. Most of the people that I speak to dread winter for this reason. What sort of society do we live in that makes people go hungry and to be cold. It’s sickening.
We handed all of the food parcels out and they were gone as soon as they arrived. I really hate the fact that theres a need for them in the first place.
As I was waiting for the food parcels to arrive I had a conversation with a woman who usually collects a food parcel from us. She’s had a really hard time with the DWP and it’s not getting easier.
I asked her how she was and she told me that her boyfriend has had his benefits stopped. I asked her why and she told me that someone had reported him because he was carrying a food parcel.
Her boyfriend is disabled and he does collect a food parcel from us, but how on earth is he supposed to take it home? He doesn’t have a car, he has no choice but to carry it even though it hurts him to do so.
The government and some members of the public expect disabled people to stay indoors at all times, if they go out they must be fit for work and if they’re claiming disability benefits then they must be stopped.
Society has become very cruel towards the most vulnerable. It really shouldn’t be like this.
And guess what.. Now he’s even more dependent upon food parcels because he has no income at all. This is the price that so many people living with an illness and or disability pay everyday.
As we were chatting she handed me an envelope, in it contained a Christmas card for me. I honestly nearly started to cry. Even though she and her partner are going through really tough times at the moment she took the time to buy me a Christmas card. I’m going to treasure it forever.
Gordon then spoke to a chap that has been sanctioned for thirteen weeks.
He’s not sure of the exact reason for his sanction, but what he does know is that he’s hungry and is in danger of loosing his home.
As Gordon handed him a leaflet and gave him some advice it was clear to see the desperation in his eyes. I don’t suppose that he ever thought that this would happen to him.
It wasn’t long until we spotted a woman leaving the Jobcentre in tears. I handed her a leaflet and she told me that she wanted to ‘get away from here now’ because she was so upset.
Whilst she was leaving she shouted towards the Jobcentre saying ‘They’re nothing but a load of w#####s in there’. While I don’t know the exact reason for her anger I can totally sympathise with her feelings.
No one should be made to feel like this, but the DWP don’t care. They just send a G4S security guard to ‘escort’ you out.
I then had a conversation with a chap that I’ve spoken to before. Last week he was really angry with himself because he thought that he was to blame for his situation. He isn’t and he now realises this.
Sadly he had arrived too late for a food parcel but I signposted him. I also gave him some money to help him put his electricity back on.
I’m so glad that I was able to help him but I know that it’s not enough and I do feel guilty for that.
It wasn’t long until another woman walked out of the Jobcentre crying. I handed her a copy of our survival guide but she was obviously in a rush to get away.
So two people crying and the DWP say that they care? Do they heck, they only care about themselves.
I had a conversation with a chap that’s working and was previously claiming Universal credit. His universal credit has been stopped because the DWP told him that he has earnt too much. Now he’ll have to reapply next month when his wages are lower. Its complete madness.
Whilst he reapplies he will still have to wait the standard waiting time. It’s absolutely ridiculous.
I noted that the DWP are still trying to flog their utopian self employment scheme to people.
If people sign up to become self employed they aren’t eligible for the minimum income floor for the first twelve months.
You might say that this is wonderful but heres the catch. As I’ve reported before after twelve months they have to reach the minimum income floor. If they don’t they won’t receive a penny from the DWP.
Guess what… The DWP don’t tell them this. Please readers, if you’re tempted to do this please do a lot of research first.
We then had a conversation with a woman that had to come outside to drink a carton of Ribena. As you will most likely already know, drinking and eating is forbidden in most Jobcentres.
It’s absolutely ridiculous, and it just adds to the punishing culture of the DWP. There are many reasons why people need to have a drink available at all times. But hey, the DWP obviously know more about this than us (NOT)
Today was awful really, we try to help people to the best of our abilities even though we know that it’s not enough.
The DWP is a monster that we have to conquer, and I’m confident that we will do this one day.
For anyone suffering because of the DWP and the government’s terrible austerity measures remember this. You are important, you are loved by so many of us. Keep going because you are important xxxxx.
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