The government needs to reverse all sanctions and reinstate ESA and PIP payments immediately due to the coronavirus Covid 19 outbreak.

Dear readers and supporters I hope that you are coping the best that you can during this very uncertain and worrying time.

It’s ok for the government to say self isolate when you have no food and many of the local food banks have shut their doors due to the coronavirus. They’re finding it hard to hand do their work because they can’t source any food to hand out and supermarkets have understandably put restrictions on purchases.

As I was waiting for Gordon to arrive with the food parcels I had a conversation with a man that I’ve spoken about before. He ran up to me saying ‘Thank God you’re here because everywhere else is shut’ I reassured him that I will do my best to help for as long as I can.

He told me about his struggles trying to get help, saying ‘It’s OK for organisations and councils to say phone us or email them. I don’t have the ability to do that. I’m sanctioned because I lost my mobile phone and I missed a text telling me to attend an appointment’

I asked him if he was coping and he told me that he wasn’t really. He’s been given an old mobile phone that doesn’t have good access to the Internet and anyway he can’t afford to buy any credit.

I asked him to register his new number with the DWP by going into the Jobcentre and to let them know that he hasn’t got any access to the Internet. I also asked him if he can also ask about his sanction to see if anything could be done to help him.

Sadly there are so many more people finding themselves in the same position as he is in. Many are also stuck in limbo awaiting decisions for ESA and PIP appeal and tribunal decisions. They too are struggling with little or no financial assistance and now find themselves feeling very vulnerable and left behind.

I’ve asked the DWP via Twitter if they can reverse all sanctions and reinstate all ESA and PIP payments immediately. Extremely vulnerable people need to have the means to survive. Sadly not enough people are taking this seriously maybe because its not happening to them.

Just ask yourself if you could cope in this time of crisis with no income at all. Sat in the cold with no access to help.

So we are left with a barely skeleton service given by local support organisations, food banks have had to shut, doctors surgeries are mainly only accepting telephone appointments, libraries have shut and thousands of people are very worried about how they were survive. They’re also very worried about catching coronavirus (Covid 19)

Schools are shutting their doors to all pupils except children of keyworkers and vulnerable children.

Whilst I agree with the closure of schools the government needs to be much clearer about the voucher system that they’re supposed to be putting into place.

It’s also extremely difficult to source food because selfish hoarders are stripping the shelves of most food products. The supermarkets are supposed to be implementing strict rules so let’s hope that this will help.

Please remember to follow full hygiene protocols, this is very important. Check on your friends amd neighbours to see if they’re OK.

I want all my readers to know that I’m here for you if you want to chat, feel free to email me or follow me on social media.

Together we can be stronger and we will get through this.

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8 thoughts on “The government needs to reverse all sanctions and reinstate ESA and PIP payments immediately due to the coronavirus Covid 19 outbreak.”

  1. Good stuff Charlotte. The poorest in our society r being squeezed into oblivion by DWP long delays on PIP, ESA , UC, DLA payments. All claimants should chase the DWP hard for their legitimate “by law” payments. Fraternally, Mervyn Drage, Member of Unite the Union Greater Manchester Community Branch.

    On Fri, 20 Mar 2020, 09:00 The poor side of life, wrote:

    > Charlotte Hughes posted: ” Dear readers and supporters I hope that you are > coping the best that you can during this very uncertain and worrying time. > It’s ok for the government to say self isolate when you have no food and > many of the local food banks have shut their doors due ” >

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  2. The foodbank in my town is still open but we’re about 30% down on volunteers as those aged 70 and over, and those with ongoing health problems, have been asked not to come in. The Council are going to donate some staff to help out when needed. I’ve been working there this morning and it was pretty busy, donations still coming in plus a load of stuff from TK Max as they have shut, all of which has to be sorted, date checked, itemized in date order and put into storage trays for now.

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    1. Our foodbank has now introduced some emergency measures. They are still operating but have closed doors to the public, meaning that donations cannot be accepted in person at the foodbank but instead people are being asked to put their donations in the collection bins situated in various supermarkets . Those who receive food parcels can no longer collect them in person, instead they are being delivered to their door, and the Council are helping with this. I’ll be there in the morning working as normal in the storage unit but I have hand sanitizer and a face mask.

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      1. P.S.

        I got a email this afternoon from someone at my Jobcentre confirming that all Jobcentre appointments are cancelled and Benefits (in my case JSA) will be paid automatically until further notice.

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  3. Charlotte respect to you for all you do. An update since I work in a school. …it’s been mad. If a kid even coughs it’s off to the medical room and if sent home then so too any siblings in same skl too. I’m currently working lunchtimes too as there’s so few midday staff. We have a surprisingly high number of possible attendees…..vulnerable is kids in care or with a social worker or with safeguarding concerns plus any statemented or SEN kids. Canteens will be open for free school meals. Since as a school we are ourselves keyword erstwhile it looks atm as if our pay is guaranteed. I’ll keep everyone updated

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