Fear – absolute fear. Shamefully people with mental illness in all its manifestations including neuroscience, are easy Prey to cut their Incapacity entitlements … Recently the House of Lords decided not to cut the £30 reduction put forward by the Tories and the House of Commons. This is an excellent article; it contextualises and highlights the travesties of justice visited upon the colonies of Empires. We must learn from experience and be thankful to an 80 year old Mr Ken Loach for his film – we should stand ashamed and responsible for those who have died or committed suicide because of benefit cuts so savage that starvation is probable and suicide becomes a necessity.
By Daniel Margrain
Author Milan Kundera’s aphorism that “the struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting” might well have been written for Britain’s poor, mentally ill and disabled who lately have slipped from the media headlines and hence the consciousness of the wider public. To their credit, shortly before the last General Election, the Mirror newspaper reminded their readers how many ordinary mentally-ill and disabled people who had nothing to do with causing the financial crisis had committed suicide which the Tory government had attempted to cover-up.
Although initially the opposition from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to releasing figures highlighting the number of Incapacity Benefit and ESA claimants who had died between November 2011 and May 2014 was solid, increasing political pressure from below meant that they were eventually forced into releasing the information by the Information Commissioner (IC). The DWP Secretary…
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