Pike’s story from Health Rising.
The Brown Envelope
I recently received the dreaded brown Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) envelope. Fully expecting yet more bad news, I tore open the envelope, ready to rip up the letter and fling it in the bin. The letter informed me that in light of my second complaint against my second assessment together with new medical evidence that the DWP was now awarding me the enhanced rate for the daily living and mobility components of Personal Independence (PIP). My 8 month battle against institutional discrimination by the DWP had finally paid off.
I believe that my struggle against institutional discrimination by the DWP was mainly down to a no-surrender/never give in attitude. Let’s face it, the DWP’s war on the poor, a disproportionate number of whom are disabled, is part and parcel of the Tory government’s class rule on behalf of the richest one per cent in society. I saw my struggle to obtain PIP as part of this class struggle against an establishment that seeks to impoverish the poorest sections of society while transferring wealth to the 1%.
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