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Work Programme "Pushing Disabled People Away From Job Market"

Toasted Crumpet

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At my first back to work meeting, the Jobcentre adviser accused me of fraud and threatened to stop my benefits if I didn’t try harder to get well. They assume that people are not working because of defective attitudes and morals, not because they’re ill or disabled. This is wrong and deeply damaging.
That is the attitude unfortunately, I have had this sort of thing said to me in the past, not by the jobcentre but by people I knew
 
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That is the attitude unfortunately, I have had this sort of thing said to me in the past, not by the jobcentre but by people I knew
If it's any consolation Toasted Crumpet you are not alone. As for my own experience, I was put through the Work Programme (as a JSA claimant, not ESA) from 2011 to 2013, and I can honestly say it was the most stressful, disheartening, soul destroying "back to work" scheme yet. I honestly feel I am further away from getting a job now than before I entered the WP; I'm sure thousands of people's experiences are the same or even worse than mine.
 
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I think the work programme is more of a punishment than help, it has been demonstrated people are more likely to find a job off their own bat than this farcical scheme.

I am sure the government knows that the reasons for people not being able to find work are nothing to do with morals and fecklessness and all the other propaganda they put out there but it helps maintain their image and sets up the whole divide and conquer thing and certain segments of the population get to fuel their rage onto the unemployed sick and disabled instead of the real cuplrits of the economic crisis.

Most people cannot see beyond the media campaigns against the unemployed, all these programmes like "saints and scroungers", "benefits street" or DM articles about ONE person who was claiming fraudulently
 
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Of course it's pushing people away from work.
The "middle ground" is the worst place to be, if you ask me.
If you're in the support group, then you can relax and not have to put up with the pressure from the work programme lot.
If you're in WRAG, well, the second you do anything (volunteer/college) then you're seen as well enough to work.

What are you supposed to do if you can only cope with doing something a few hours a week? x
 
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If it's any consolation Toasted Crumpet you are not alone. As for my own experience, I was put through the Work Programme (as a JSA claimant, not ESA) from 2011 to 2013, and I can honestly say it was the most stressful, disheartening, soul destroying "back to work" scheme yet. I honestly feel I am further away from getting a job now than before I entered the WP; I'm sure thousands of people's experiences are the same or even worse than mine.
I hear you. I was also on the JSA work programme - only lasted about 6 months in 2013 before I got sanctioned and booted off the system.

It feels as if you are fighting against a 'disabled system' - how ironic - a system which does not think, cannot listen and only knows the same response to many questions. I feel there is a deeper issue, that the system is run by incompetent jobs worths who are consistently missing the point.
 
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The people who run the show, the bloated rich farts at the top, couldn't give a toss basically.

As long as they're sitting pretty, in their fine houses in gated communities, plenty of dosh in the bank, and much more salted away in offshore tax havens, they are quite alright thank you.

The disabled, many of whom are quite arbitrarily being re-labeled 'fit for work', can join the unemployed in the dole queue. The rich of, of cos, do not believe in the 'something for nothing' society, so therefore working for the dole is very much on the cards. Effectively slave labour, and a good incentive to employers to lay off properly-waged and contracted workers, or after natural wastage through retirement, recruit from the dole queue.

The real problem isn't the 'something for nothing' society the Tories are so fond of banging on about. It's actually the everything for nothing society. That is where the likes of the sick and the unemployed work very hard for fuck all, and the rich reap the rewards in greater profitability.

They will go so far with this, then trouble comes. Poverty and coercion leads to anger and resentment, and quite possibly massive civil and political disorder.

Did these people learn nothing from the Poll Tax fiasco, when a mass mobilization of the little people, forced them to ditch their hated head tax, or else possibly lose everything?
 
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