The capacity to prepare for work

The Telegraph, which serves as the vicar of Iain Duncan Smith on earth,  is trailing a new DWP report.  It will talk about a million people who are stuck on benefits despite have been formally assessed as being “capable of preparing for or looking for work”.  There is however no formal assessment made of whether people are capable of preparation for work.  In the absence of the regulations that were promised to cover the circumstances, the DWP refers all claimants who have limited capacity for work to undertake some preparation for work, unless they are assessed as being in the ‘support’ group.  The nature of the assessment is not about capacity to prepare; it is that they are not fit for work, and it is not reasonable to expect them to work.     The category of people who are expected to prepare for work routinely includes, for example, people who have had strokes, people with degenerative diseases and people with serious psychiatric illness.    It’s true that some may be ‘stuck’, but it’s not necessarily the benefits that are the problem.

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  1. Simon Cohen

    Anything to do with the Telegraph’s representation of benefit claimants will be aimed at bolstering prjudice and bigotry and creating the summary loss of benefits that ill people need. the populace is sold on the belief that ill people are not ‘ill.’ I’m not sure what the public(who swallow this myth) really want here: dead bodies in the street? Increases in beggars and the starving? Foced labour camps for the ill to be driven to their deaths? The psychology is very dark as the culture of ‘envy’ is now inverted due to mass unhappiness with work.

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