At the recent Tory Party Conference Therese Coffey, the secretary for works and pensions declared that the amount of people that have claimed PIP has ‘grown in a way that was not anticipated’ and instead it needs to be targeted at ‘people who need help’.
This is of course ignoring the fact that the people that are claiming PIP actually do need it.
According to Coffey this is evidence that things were ‘going wrong’ and nothing due to the fact that people living with illness and disability has increased due to many reasons some being Covid 19 and poverty.
Coffey went on to say that according to her findings three out of four young people that claim PIP their primary reason being mental ill health.
According to her figures this totals 189,000 young people that receive benefit focused upon a diagnosis of depression and that these young people may also claim other benefits as well.
Thus implying that young people shouldn’t be claiming PIP at all.
Coffey also complained about the amount of people claiming ESA should have only 25% of claimants should be in the support group rather than ‘about 80%’ of those claiming ESA at the present time.
She also complained about ESA, saying that the original expectation was that only 25% and not the 80% that are in the support group now.
Coffey stated rather predictably that she wanted to change the focus to ‘what people can do rather than the benefit system being currently driven by what you cannot do’
So in essence Coffey is saying that she wants to get people with disabilities, especially those in the support group back to work without declaring any support that might be given to claimants forced to do so.
Coffey says this regardless of their disabilities and their ability to work.
This is despicable and based upon her opinion and not the actual truth which is evidenced in the claim applications given by people claiming ESA.
ESA and PIP are not benefits that are easy to claim. Most claimants are refused upon their first application and they have to appeal and often take it to tribunal to eventually succeed and receive their rightful payments.
Coffey also takes into no consideration about how disabling and serious illness such as depression are. Anyone suffering from depression has to fight hard to try and find some support for their condition. NHS funding has been cut leaving previous lifeline services taken away leaving support hard to find.
Let’s also not forget how serious an illness depression can be. It can’t be cured by forcing an already vulnerable person into work thus triggering them to an even deeper state of depression or worse.
Needless to say, Coffey has a swinging brick instead of a heart and she doesn’t care about anyone living with illness and disability. Her aim is to try and stop vulnerable people from receiving the financial support that they need to live, without a care about how they’ll be able to cope.
To add salt to the wound so to speak, Coffey has also refused to rule out merging PIP with UC, saying that ‘everything is on the table’. Meaning that if they can find a way of persecuting vulnerable people whilst doing this then it’ll happen. How dare disabled and ill people have any quality of life at all.
So, before the DWP has finished transferring DLA claimants to PIP or moving ESA claimants to UC, they’ve already started to plot another major benefits shake-up which is going to harm the well being of thousands of vulnerable people therefore putting them at risk and causing them great distress.
It appears that we will have yet another battle to fight. We cannot allow the government to target and harass even more vulnerable people. The government always takes from the lowest hanging branches whilst forgetting that there are more of us than them and we will put up a fight.
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5 thoughts on “Therese Coffey plans benefit shake-up”
The 70 year old guy has probably worked all his life to have his cottage, car. You comment has nothing to do with this article.
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Whenever there’s any sort of crisis, whether it’s a financial crisis and Banks are collapsing, or in this case the combination of a Pandemic, Brexit, and Tory mismanagement, they always find a way of deflecting the blame onto the poor, the sick, the unemployed. We’re to blame for the failings of Capitalism. The ONS figure of one million job vacancies doesn’t tell the whole story, most of them will either be skilled jobs that require qualifications and experience (or own transport, or DBS clearance, etc.) or shite low paid zero hours jobs that no one wants. Some reactionary idiot who lives down the road from me, a retired man about late 60s to early 70s, who is comfortably off, owns his cottage and a car, suggested to me that I should go pick fruit & veg. I might have considered that in the past if I lived in a part of the country where they grow fruit & veg, such as Lincolnshire or Kent, AND if I was young enough to do back-breaking work, bent double all day long, but I don’t think I’d last long or would even get hired now at age 60 years old and struggle to bend down to tie my shoe laces! But in any case, how can anyone just upsticks and go off to pick strawberries and cabbages with no money, no transport, and whilst already living in rented accommodation with two pet cats!?
Well said Trev very well said.