Jenn’s account – like the others that will follow in the series – puts the Tories’ ‘conscious cruelty’ into stark, human terms that must surely move and outrage those who read it. If we’re unmoved, then sheer self-interest should motivate us to demand change – if Jen can go from a long and fruitful career as a midwife to homelessness in such a short time, almost any of us is vulnerable.
Last week, the SKWAWKBOX put out an appeal for those who have suffered the abuse of the government’s PIP (Personal Independence Payment) process, which consists of multiple hoops, unrealistic appointments and constant meaningless assessments that often result in the withdrawal of payments to people whose conditions are never going to improve.
We were inundated.
The stores we received were full of bravery and anger. Some are desperate. All are harrowingly tragic. In the first of a series of those stories to raise awareness of the human cost of government callousness, the following tells of the situation of J – a senior midwife who, within just two years of a diagnosis of severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA), was unemployed, homeless and bounced around without support by the DWP (Dept of Work and Pensions) and its agents.
It is told in J’s own words, with emphases added by the SKWAWKBOX:
I was diagnosed…
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