Before I start here writing this blog, i will like to highlight that i am sure that many others are suffering similar consequences with regards to being discriminated against in work capability assesments by the DWP for benefit assesment purposes.
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I personally am a survivor(somehow) with my own mental health difficulties after a breakdown around 10years ago, and suffering homelessness and no security of housing onwards, aswell as no support by the systems in the UK that fail to provide stability for people which indirectly can lead to further mental health difficulties, such as providing housing, enough money for basic living such as enough to cover utilities around £40 per week minimum at this time of year in a 1-2 bed house, and enough £ to buy basic groceries and eat, and if required an additional amount of support when a person maybe in requirement or using such support mechanisms that the government and organistations surrounding mental health are stretched to do so with the lack of £ or requirements to do so.
Considering we as humans prior to the industrial revolution people were allowed to settle where they liked ‘freely’ and use the land to live of and raise there own stock, livelihood & lived in small communities prior to that land being purchased by 1% of the UK i am sure that mental health issues were slightly different or people were maybe made out as witches or wizards, not much seems to have changed…
Why in 2016 should human beings and their basic life needs and mental health be supported by a case were people are being forced through assesment procedures that mark people on points basises and do not recognise how mental health can affect anyone on a day to day basis and the support mechanisms that need to be in place for people with mental health difficulties to have that basic mental capability that they at least know they have the support for a roof over their heads, and are supported financially to eat and provide basic heat and hot water for themselves.
I question the dwp in the costs that are being wasted in pursuing people off dwp benefits within mental health categories, and the long term costs this will cost the UK government in physical and mental health costs.
The costs outweigh that of denying people the requirements that have been in place sustaining their mental and physical health and helping them become better as a part of peoples basic life support mechanisms being in place
The systems currently in place are further destroying people mentally not allowing them to become any better or to be able to empower themselves and are deeming mental health service users people fit for work because they show intelligence.
Why should our human rights are be affected in an assesment and people be discriminated against by the assesment providers that are assesing them over a points basis that is proven already a failed system by ATOS is the past (CHDAUK is just a rename).
As service users when we come to argue this in assesment, the assesments are being i feel deliberately classed as failed assesments instead of the recognitiion of the way in how a persons mental health may affect them when put in this sort of predicament in their lifes.
Why should we be ruled by ‘giving the right answer’ to get ‘points’ rather than being listened to as humans and ensured we are given the right support based on knowledge rather than excuses by assesors which arent looking to support us, only fail us.
It is never taken into consideration how a person may react to being jeapordised that basic life support systems are being threatened from them and support mechanisms they may have in place, even when this is backed by doctors evidence or a support workers evidence and local therapist evidence the teams doing the WCA assesments are classing these as failed assesments rather than recognising mental health issues and wasting more time arguing with the mental health user and forcing people back through assesment for no reason
(having peoples basic life support mechanisms stopped and asking for people to go through lengthy appeal procedures) when evidence has been provided from a doctor a support worker and qualified therapists.= Waste of money. Complaints made, complaints ignored, no recognition from chdauk or dwp teams just sheer ignorance to error, service user disctiminated against over phone, and via email in responses and more.
This goes on and on and on, a vicious circle of errors and what i personally feel we immediately need to address as a nation in the UK to ask the government to recognise the impact that the assesment criterias are having on peoples mental health in the uk, to recognise that the costs associated with the set up of chdauk(ATOS) and the targets they are setting on assesment providers to remove mental health service users from benefit entitlements they require that empower them. Will outstrip the costs that are required for further recovery of mental health and the costs associated to the physical health systems in association with long term mental health issues which debilitate service users.
I speak out as a voice, i ask for backing for the government to stand up and face up to the mess they are making because of points based systems which do not address mental health issues, nor in reality face physical health issues, when this is something that should be decided by a gp, a support worker, a therapist. Not by someone asking 40 questions which have no meaning or police style examining of mental health service users that do not address mental health issues in an individual in any way or how that may affect their daily life and capacities, or how points can determine if someone is fit for work, or support.
In reality its BS. The UN recently highlighted the way in which the UK system discriminated against disabled users.
Under the Equality Act 2010 the assesment procedure also discriminates against mental health disabilities. It is what i feel a programmed bunch of frightened people also to loose their own jobs incase they dont follow what is set out for them… Its funny I was once a civil servant also but not for the dwp yet i would never bow down to rules that disallow those who are genuinely in need of the support requirements they need to recover from mental health to follow a rule of bs points that do not qualify in my mind or law as descriptors that assess peoples mental health or physical health and requirements for them to determine upon peoples basic living needs.
The whole system is a mess, it breaches in equality against mental health service users, personally i feel discriminated by specific teams at CHDAUK in Leeds, and errors for what i would say 10years with regards to the recognition of my own support requirements. I stand for not wanting to see people suffer further from the failures that ATOS assesment procedures and government set targets to remove people from the benefit systems.
What are the government doing to support these people when they are removing theyre basic living requirements? What will the long term costs be if this is not addressed now and immediately within the UK government before Anarchy sets place in the UK by those who the government are leaving left for dead, or victimised by a system that discriminates and disempowers all service users that are going through the UK DWP systems with regards to getting the right support in place for the people in this country.
How can you ask people to work when the jobs arent being created? How can people be deemed fit for work based on points and doctors and support workers evidence being ignored by a questionnaire that seems to be law to deem people well or unwell?
How can the UK government continue to discriminate against tax payers who require the support mechanisms in place when they may have worked and paid tax into the system to pay for that support when they need it for them when they are not well enough because of previous failures to support them?
How can the UK government make an immediate change to make a stance to stop discriminating against its service users within a failing NHS system(how difficult to see your gp? 10mins?), how difficult to get support when the £ is not being spent in that area to provide this. What will the outlying costs cost the UK government when they get the fall out from this mess they are providing?
Take a stand to stop DWP assesments and goverment targets that are lining the pockets of the rich and screwing those who require support in the UK.
Please share this blog, shout it out loud, share in the mental health communities. I dont care I will whistleblow to stop mental health sufferers suffering further from a failing society around them. Im still surviving although my health has deteriorated because of it.
The amount of youtube videos around and evidence that is out there in the uk proving these failures, the amount of people who are suffering the same way, being debilitated from living and told to take a minimum wage that doesnt match the cost of living, or if they are to take that part time will be no better off from doing so and it is likely because of mental health conditions the working environment isnt suitable for them or is trained or aware enough to deal with what is a real issue in life?
The amount of years i personally have suffered because of failing systems around mental health sufferers and spent the last 10years understanding and studying about what happened to myself. The lack of provisions or recogntion or reality in local government. the idiocy of the aptitude to mental health. Factually 1 in 3.5 may suffer at any time with their mental health.
And yet when the buttons are pushed deliberately to far it comes to a point where this will become 1 in 1 if the UK systems keep discriminating against service users and the support requirements that it gives people to stop further mental health issues becoming longer term by destroying the support mechanisms that service users have in place.
This must stop.
Follow the Link below & Sign this petition to whistleblow on the government and DWP CHDAUK ATOS failures and discrimination against your situation and ensure that this changes immediately and we arent discriminated further as service users and as people surviving in this mess in the UK.
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After all why should we be stuck with a system that is failing us, when the UK government isnt creating what is possible for mental health service users or the society that surrounds it, its blaming a benefit deficit as a shortage to discriminate against service users, and crippling people further, rather than concentrating on getting the £ back they loose in tax fraud which would cost them less to pursue than harrasing the support mechanisms people require and strip from them from their basic life mechanisms which indirectly will cost the government billions in long term mental and the physical health care costs associated by longer term mental health sufferers.
Wake up UK, Only the other week the Portugese Prime Minister pointed out the impacts of mental health issues in Portugal now affecting upto 1 in 3 people and how to highlight and make a change to these figures.
Crippling peoples support mechanisms will cost more than putting the £ in and making sure people get the support they require to enable them to be in a fit mental state after trauma to recover enough and be stable enough within their lifes then question their capabilities for work in an appropriate way.
Sign this petition and stop the government crippling and supporting its people