By Steve Topple in The Canary.
Last year, the UN accused the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and successive governments of creating a “human catastrophe” for disabled people in the UK. Since then, the situation has seemingly got worse. The department is now out of control. But is the misery and torture the DWP inflicts on people systematic and by design?
The DWP: in bed with the NHS
As I wrote on 14 June, the NHS and the DWP have been co-working since 2006 on a programme within the health service to get people living with mental health issues back to work. Not satisfied with essentially redefining over 380,000 people’s impairments since 2013 to deny them benefits (a rot which started under New Labour), and forcing nearly two million claimants back to work, the DWP is now invading the holy space of the patient / medical professional relationship. But when you read between the lines, it’s clear why it’s doing this.
Pacing people back to work
The DWP operates systematically in terms of which groups of people it targets to force off benefits and into work – or whose benefits it reduces to such low levels that they quietly eke out their existence on the fringes of society, or die trying. A prime example of this was the now-notorious PACE trial, a research project part-funded by the DWP into treatments for myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome, commonly referred to as ME/CFS or just ME.
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