Number Of Employment Support Allowance Claims On The Rise – Is Iain Duncan Smith Making Us Sick?

IDS-I-dont-care-whos-diedThe total number of claimants claiming out of work sickness or disability benefits rose by 15,000 between March and April provisional DWP statistics report.

2.485 million people were claiming Employment Support Allowance or Incapacity Benefit in April, representing a steady rise of 1.2% since November 2013. This comes despite the horrific Atos regime which has seen hundreds of thousands of claimants being stripped of benefits after being assessed as ‘fit for work’.  The number of people on out of work sickness benefits should be plummeting, and it was until just over a year ago.

It is hardly surprising that people are still becoming ill or disabled despite the magical Atos assessments. The UK did not have significantly more people on out of work sickness or disability benefits than other comparable countries even before the despised Work Capability Assessment began. It is unusual however that the number of people unable to work for health reasons should be rising at a time when unemployment is allegedly falling.

There is growing evidence that Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms are damaging people’s health. Some parts of the UK have reported soaring malnutrition linked to benefit cuts. A report produced by Citizen’s Advice last year told of people being unable to meet special dietary needs due to sanctions or having to beg or go through bins to find food. Homelessness charities have said that sanctions are causing people to lose their homes. And a damning report by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland claimed that 35% of psychiatrists said at least one of their patients had been admitted to hospital as a consequence of the stress of Atos assessments.

Using hunger and homelessness as a weapon against benefit claimants will not incentivise people to find work, it will demolish lives.  Forcing people with mental health conditions into stressful and demeaning assessments under the threat of destitution will not magically cure them of their condition – in many cases it will make it worse.  Iain Duncan Smith really is making us sick, and with more workfare and sanctions on the way then things are only going to get worse.

The latest ESA figures can be downloaded from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dwp-statistical-summaries-2014

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87 responses to “Number Of Employment Support Allowance Claims On The Rise – Is Iain Duncan Smith Making Us Sick?

  1. Ian Duncan Smith is pure evil.

  2. Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog.

  3. Jobcentre mistreatment is a likely cause.with the blatant unlawful contempt of law and the rush to sanction,peoples’ health is going to suffer even more.

    Many of those who are victims of Atos and referred to jobseekers benefit are prime targets for unlawful conditions being applied which ill people are quickly going to fail.constructively setup.

  4. Iain Duncan Smith is a CUNT!!

    Fuck this Nazi bastard!!

  5. Rosemarie Harris

    Isn’t this something we knew would happen when you take money of people who are the lowest rung of the ladder something has to give. Having very little money to spare for the food we have to buy food without wheat/gluten as his body is intolerant of both. The water ,Internet (job searching) Gas / Elec /bloody bedroom tax.( All bills no enjoyment here)
    The General Election can’t come early enough for me!

  6. “John Whitehead Guest Column–Washington Is Arming Against The Public”

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/06/10/john-whitehead-guest-column-washington-arming-public/

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      The yanks must be expecting a little unrest Annos.
      Bungling Boris has purchased 3 redundant water cannons but the yanks are streets ahead………………..

      What’s with all of the government agencies stockpiling hollow point bullets? For example, why does the Department of Agriculture need .40 caliber semiautomatic submachine guns and 320,000 rounds of hollow point bullets? For that matter, why do its agents need ballistic vests and body armor?

      Why does the Postal Service need “assorted small arms ammunition”? Why did the DHS purchase “1.6 billion rounds of hollow-point ammunition, along with 7,000 fully-automatic 5.56x45mm NATO ‘personal defense weapons’ plus a huge stash of 30-round high-capacity magazines”? That’s in addition to the FBI’s request for 100 million hollow-point rounds. The Department of Education, IRS, the Social Security Administration, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which oversees the National Weather Service, are also among the federal agencies which have taken to purchasing ammunition and weaponry in bulk.

  7. IAN DUNCAN SMITH IS SICK!! FULLSTOP.

  8. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    COST OF WEMBLEY STADIUM = £798 MILLION

    COST OF UNIVERSAL FUCK UP = £1.7 BILLION

    © Institute for Fiscal Studies, 2011

    The long-run cost of Universal Cred
    it will be around £1.7 billion (in
    2014–15 prices). The short-run cost
    , including the transitional
    protection, will depend on how qu
    ickly the government transfers
    existing recipients of benefits and
    tax credits over to Universal Credit
    and on the precise details of the scheme.

    …………THEREFORE YOU COULD HAVE BUILT TWO WEMBLEY STADIUMS AND STILL HAD AMPLE TO SPARE WHILST FOLLOWING THE DREAMS OF A COMPLETE IMBECILE, IAIN DUNCAN SMITH…

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  10. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “UPON INFORMING JUDGE WALL AT SCARBOROUGH MAGISTRATES THAT ME, MY PARTNER AND SON WERE HAVING TO EAT OUT OF DATE SOUPS AND CREAM CRACKERS, HE JUST SMILED AND DENIED MY BENEFITS”…………………………………………..

  11. Landless Peasant

    Yes, IDS is making us ill. I’ve been on medication for the past 2 years as a direct result of DWP bullying tactics. And I still can’t even get a sick note.

  12. I’m concerned that the British government is punishing people for being unemployed and ruining their mental health.

    See this recent letter to me:

    My Disability Studies Blackboard: Sam, things are dire http://mydisabilitystudiesblackboard.blogspot.ca/2014/06/sam-things-are-dire.html

  13. The political firestorm in the U.S. over widespread delays in veterans’ medical care is no different than the plight of sick and disabled people in the U.K, who are dying waiting because of a huge backlog of benefit claims. It’s a national scandal, and Prime Minister David Cameron should insist on Iain Duncan Smith’s immediate resignation.

    • I’ve been told that i have to remain on “post work programme support” until i sign off. look out for multiple jobcentre appointments’ in one day several hours apart too.

      I guess they hope this will do it.

  14. Reblogged this on jaynelinney and commented:
    And No doubt these figures will be ‘spun’ by IDS &Co?

    Sick of the DWP doing this? – JOIN the TRUTH Campaign “Lies,Damn Lies, IDS and The DWP; STOP Spinning Statistics” #ImpeachDWP #NOWPetition http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-cameron-lies-damn-lies-ids-and-the-dwp-stop-spinning-statistics-impeachdwp-nowpetition

  15. I find it curious that BBC,reporting on a British university article in a professional journal will not publish the figures for suicides due to the recession in the UK,though the numbers for other countries are provided. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27796628

    Draw your own conclusions as to this ‘soft’ censoring of the news. Anyone have access to the original article in the Journal of Psychiatry? How many suicides in the UK caused by Coalition policies?

  16. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    WHEN YOU READ ALL THE HYPE IN THE MEDIA THAT STATES THE DWP AND IT’S MURDERING ALLY, ATOS, ARE WORKING LIKE CRAZY TO SORT OUT THE BENEFITS BACKLOG, TAKE IT WITH A PINCH OF SALT……………………………

    IT WAS ALWAYS ENGINEERED TO TAKE CASUALTIES, TO TAKE HUMAN LIVES…………..

    UNUM CORPORATION, ONE OF THE LARGEST PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES, LAID DOWN THE SEEDS FOR THIS TO HAPPEN
    HAVING COUNTLESS MEETINGS WITH OUR DWP OVER SEVERAL YEARS, HAVING REPRESENTATIVES AT ALL IMPORTANT MEETINGS AND VOTES, THEY SOUGHT TO DRIVE CLAIMANTS INTO THEIR GREEDY CLUTCHES…………….

    THEY EVEN STARTED TO ADVERTISE ON OUR TV CHANNELS BUT WITHDREW THEM AFTER IT BECAME PLAINLY OBVIOUS OF THEIR INTENTIONS…………..

    YOU ARE ALL BEING TAKEN FOR FOOLS IF YOU BELIEVE THE DWP HYPE.

    ALL THE DEATHS AMOUNT TO COLLATERAL DAMAGE THAT CAN BE DENIED, THAT IS WHY THE DWP ARE NOT RELEASING MORTALITY STATISTICS……………….

    PRE PLANNED WHOLESALE MURDER TO ALLOW THE EXPANSION OF PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE AND REDUCE WELFARE SPENDING….

    …………….A TRYST MADE IN HEAVEN FOR THE INSURERS AND DWP, HELL FOR THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO DIED IN THIS QUEST FOR GREED………

  17. The blustering pillock is on Question Time tonight. I suspect Ian Hislop will give him a hard time but IDS’ wilful ignorance and stupidity is resistant to all argument and I’m sure DImblebore will help him out, if not there are always the police and their machine guns. When did any minister for social security, labour, the DHSS (or whatever the department has been over the decades) ever need armed guards?

    • IAN DUNCAN SMITH on QT.

      Never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      I hope the security services are a touch lackadaisical when they search the premises before the screening………….

      I honestly believe many wish him dead……………………

      What if someone coughs?
      Will one of his armed bully boys discharge a full magazine into the audience?

      …………….an increased security presence for somebody loathed by so many.

      If there is an assassination attempt, i sincerely hope it’s successful……….

    • When did they ever need security guards in JCP’s?

      The idea that they now need security tells you everything you need to know about the policies they use and implement against people at the behest of the government.

      If people were treated in a decnt civilized fashion there’d be no need for G4S in JCP’s.

      We never had it in the past, why now?

  18. probely a lot of people who were wrongfully ruled fit for work are back on it again.

    • nuggy
      one thought is a backlog on mandatory reconsideration’s + claimants receive nothing during MR and it is not backdated…one can also reclaim esa if conditions worsen…the dumping blame on people for their being no fcuking jobs and trying to force people into unpaid work, jsa/esa conditionality with prospect of being on wrag and back @ square 1 on what is effectively jsa conditionality,could make anyone ill…the trouble is we don’t get complete data sets of an actual individuals claimant journey to be able to know exactly what is going on…

      http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2013/09/dwp-dismisses-talk-of-fitness-for-work-catch-22/

  19. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    Harm an animal and you will be prosecuted.

    Starve an animal and you will be prosecuted……………….

    Harm and starve a human being and it is lawful?

    All in a days work for the DWP and it’s twisted staff of the PCS……..

    Hide the amount of people that have succumbed to death by withholding mortality statistics and the freedom of information commissioner spins round and round, in a stupor, afraid to make a decision that would upset his masters……………..

    “WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER”

    “YOU CERTAINLY ARE, YOU MURDERING BASTARDS!!!!!!!”

    • Actually Geoff that’s complete shite sir; those that mistreat animals/pets in the UK are often given little more than a slap on the wrist or a fine at most due to political correctness protecting the criminal’s human rights. If however you had said criminals are treated better than the jobless and/or disabled you’d be spot on. In most cases a criminal record will mean you stand more chance of getting a job or at least less chance of being sanctioned. But for the record I personally rate animals above the jobless and human beings in general. Mainly because they can’t master the internet nor bore me to tears.

  20. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION OFFICER IS NOTHING BUT A FRIGHTENED LITTLE PIMP WITH A GREAT YELLOW STRIPE UP HIS BACK………………..

    WEAK AS PISS, KOWTOWING TO HIS STATE SUPERIORS WHO PULL HIS STRINGS…………

    ALL IN ALL, A FUCKING DISGRACE……………..

  21. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “STILL WAITING FOR AN ANSWER”

    From: GEOFFREY REYNOLDS (Account suspended)

    11 May 2013

    Dear Her Majesty’s Courts and the Tribunals Service,

    Your service purports to be “independent”. Could you please tell me
    if persons with links to ATOS or the DWP have ever sat on a
    tribunal bench when adjudicating on “ANY” type of benefit claim?

    Furthermore; who selects the members of the bench at a benefit
    claim and what scrutiny is given to ensure “independence” is
    adhered to?

    Yours faithfully,

    GEOFFREY REYNOLDS

    Link to this

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/selection_of_tribunal_members

  22. why was your account suspend Geoffrey.

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      They claimed all my requests were “vexatious”………………

      Murderers never like admitting their guilt!

  23. my mwa placement is over said they will put it was unsuitable for me so i wont get sanctioned and i could go home and got travel money ;)

    thats what posting the truth gets you on there fb page they do not want the public to know who is using mwa slaves and what there being paid for it.

    superted 37
    dwp 0

  24. Eric Greenwood (4727)

    the DWP, Iain duncan smith.. broke me.. the drove me into suicidal thoughts, even now i feel worthless, i have been told it so many times by the state..i am on medication for it but even so the more stories i hear about the dwp, iain duncan smith the worse i feel..

  25. Poplar Persona

    I rather agree with Void’s view, but would still be interested to know how a 1.2% change over 8 months compares, generally, to fluctuations in the figures. For context.

    • The figures were falling month on month pretty much since the introduction of the Atos assessments. 1.2% is would not be huge and could be down to fluctuation normally, however the number should be plummeting due to so many people losing benefits due to the WCA which was supposed to take over a million people off sickness/disability benefits. It appears that no matter how fast Atos are declaring people fit for work, new claimants are coming into the system. There were also lots of people in long term unemployment benefits who probably should have been on the sick, undiagnosed mental health conditions for example. Often this group didn’t want to go on the sick as they considered it giving up. It’s likely the conditionality for the dole has become too much for a lot of these people and they’ve gone onto ESA.

      • GEOFF REYNOLDS

        Absolutely right Johnny, figures should be plummeting at an alarming rate but the system has gone into reverse thrust.
        The action has caused an equal and opposite reaction that the plebs never thought to factor into their ill thought out policies. Hopefully we might see the botched system in meltdown, rather like the fiasco of universal credit and the passport office………

      • GEOFF REYNOLDS

        Another factor is that people with either disability or mental problems were frightened to report a change of circumstances about their conditions for fear of being persecuted further and having their existing benefits stopped after being sent to ATOS.
        The fear, misery and total discontent at what has been thrown at them has exacerbated the crisis, somewhat like throwing petrol on a bonfire.

        • geoff
          which very likely means that many millions more are struggling on working whilst sick without any state support, as are many unemployed people, supported by family and friends…poverty is soaring and uk’s productivity is 35% lower than it was 35yrs ago, which means millions less working class jobs, with soaring inflation pinning back many opportunities for economic progress, among the working classes …the social justice model of the welfare state has been destroyed…

        • Another Fine Mess

          OBD
          Productivity will keep going down because of all the non-jobs that keep being created, 50% of jobs just don’t need to exist at all, like the whole of the welfare to workfare ‘industry’, and most of the financial services, it costs everbody a fortune and produces absolutely nothing.

          Richard Buckminster Fuller

          http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/133403-we-should-do-away-with-the-absolutely-specious-notion-that

          • a f m
            oh yesss, excellent interjection, r b fuller is spot on, the jobs market is padded/bulked out with useless jobs, people buying time, “things can only get better…think positive”, clinging to life boat of work by their fingernails, FOR NOW, they are the additional future millions/minions unemployed, by cause of their own self-centered “i’m alright jack” greed, being paid to destroy their own safety net, they just don’t fuller realize that fact yet…it beggars belief that they, cannot predict their own fate, what lemmings…intoxicated and blinded by their own target driven “motivational”, philosophies…or as others know it ground into dust, by a blind fanatical faith, “i believe”….with £25bn more cuts after the next uk ge, they soon will though….on the + side millionaires are increasing in numbers, i guess roughly @ the same inverse % rate as people are being plunged into poverty… the thatcherite blair bubble popped and here we all are, what a fcuking mess, thatcher has caused!

            • Another Fine Mess

              I have told JC advisors that by forcing everyone onto UJM they’re just eliminating themselves, and asked supermarket staff what it’s like making yourself unemployed – while they’re teaching customers how to use the automated checkouts. It gets their attention and gives them something to think about.

      • Poplar Persona

        Thank you. That last sentence has the ring of truth, for me.

  26. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    LAST NIGHTS QUESTION TIME SAW THE OPPORTUNITY TO PUT IDS UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT FOR HIS CRIMES OF GENOCIDE/CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER…………..

    YET, AS USUAL WITH THE BBC, THE QUESTIONS WERE RIGGED AS NOT TO TELL THE TRUTH OF WHAT IS HAPPENING IN SOCIETY TODAY.

    I FEEL ASHAMED, AND SO SHOULD THE BBC WHO ARE JEWISH THROUGH AND THROUGH, TO IDENTIFY THE SAME TRAITS USED AGAINST THEIR OWN PEOPLE DURING THE HOLOCAUST YEARS…………………..

    THEY ARE, IN MY EYES, KOWTOWING TO THE SAME DOCTRINES USED BY THE NAZIS.

    THE BBC HAVE NO SCRUPLES WHEN SIDING WITH THE ENEMY WITHIN.

    GIVEN THEIR TRACK RECORD ON WITHHOLDING THE TRUTH FROM YOU ALL, I WOULD LOBBY AGAINST PAYING TELEVISION LICENSE FEES OR STOP PAYING THEM ALTOGETHER.

    YOU ARE BEING FED NOTHING BUT COALITION BULLSHIT AS THE DEATH TOLL CONTINUES TO RISE……………….
    Reply

    • totallygivenup

      hi geoff i couldnt help but notice that they put on QT during the opening ceremony of the world cup,how convienient! sheeples watching footie forget the questioning the murderous cunt

  27. I was signed up to this https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKDWP/subscriber/new?preferences=true. Can I stop this without fear of reprisals. I wasn’t even asked if I wanted this pish.

    • Cephalus, Its only asking you to ‘sign up’ for newsfeeds. However you are right to be suspicious. The dirty rotten bastards will try anything to get you, me and everyone else on benefits, sanctioned. Change your email address and pretend that you never received it, worth a shot.

  28. pot noodle chick n mush

    ids is a murdering bastard i seen it on question time the guys the biggest sponging cunt going!!!! i have been on esa 4 months now still no atos assessment letter ?

  29. Now I’m getting this when I try login to apply for a job.

    Problem:

    Your details could not be confirmed, please contact the helpdesk or try again later.

    Bastards are up to something.

    • Another Fine Mess

      Is this after you’ve unsubscribed from that gov delivery thing?

      • I never unsubscribed from that but I had to make up a new jobmatch account using the same email. I’m thinking it’s cause I put don’t receive emails from them in the other account and this new delivery thing has messed it up cause I’m not recognised on the system or something. Fuck them the nazi bastards don’t have access to the account anyway.

  30. Geoff Reynolds

    “What a strange phenomenon”,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    More people falling ill as the economy surges from double dip to chocolate whip and now more places sought at the already crowded prisons after falling crime figures………………………..

    It’s almost as though the news has been dishonestly contrived to make the UK a harmonious place to live.
    At least you get a bed, a roof over your head and a square meal, when locked away.
    More than you can expect from the PCS children of God………….

    …………are the passport office stopping people escaping fortress Britain?

  31. Geoff Reynolds

    ATOS HAVE TOLD HARRISON FORD HE IS FIT FOR WORK, BUT ELIGIBLE TO CLAIM PIP, R2D2 AND C3PO……………

  32. I also watched questiontime last night and the audience did clap the odd comment by ids. Although I don’t like him as most of us who visit this website , the majority of people don’t experience the hardship and bullying from jobcentre and work programme staff as we have so they just see ids as a hardened politician.
    They might think of him as being a bit of a fool but they have no idea what hardship his policies have put decent, honest people through.
    It’s unlikely UKIP will win a single seat at the next election so it’s still a conservative or labour choice. At least the community work for benefits has not yet been forced on us.

    • totallygivenup

      rob he doesnt care hes ill needs sectioning hes got a personality disorder a serious one and WE are all paying the price

  33. IDS or Idi Amin Smith, is sadistic in word, deed and persona. His body language of coughing, spluttering and eye movements shows he is well rehearsed in demining those who he sees as ‘beneath him’. I would like to suggest that IDS is a psychopath but he has no intellect whatsoever. Just a cruel and vicious individual that needs to be put out of his misery.

    • Landless Peasant

      Oh no, IDS the King of Scotland!

    • “Thirteen million people are now living below the poverty line. One million are relying on foodbanks … people have lost loved ones after their benefit payments were removed; all in the name of ‘Austerity’ ..”.

      iDS: “Load of old nonsense!” (waving his hand, dismissiively).

  34. Meanwhile the jail population is growing and busting at the seams. Any sign of dissent down the JCP and this is the clear threat.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27836961

    • Landless Peasant

      Tory policies always lead to an increase in crime as people are forced into greater desperation.

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      Raining, we will have to adopt the shoot to kill policy, rather like they do now.
      SOME PRISONERS ARE SO CONCERNED AT THE PROSPECT OF OVERCROWDING, THEY DECIDED NOT TO RETURN….

      ………………………..Nearly 90 prisoners are on the run from an open jail, including some who have been missing for years, it has been revealed.

      HMP Ford near Arundel, West Sussex, with some other open jails, has been at the centre of a number of high-profile cases.

      This week it emerged that a public appeal by Sussex Police to help trace murderer Robert Donovan, 57, had only been made four years after he walked out from Ford.

      The disclosure that 89 Ford inmates are at large comes as it emerged that violent robber Simon Rhodes-Butler, 37, handed himself into police last night after fleeing from the jail last month.

      And an armed robber serving a life sentence David Blood, 48, who police said may pose a threat to the public, absconded from the Category D prison some time between 8.30am and 1pm on Thursday.

  35. Landless Peasant

    And further more, I’d just like to add that Iain Drunken Shit is a First Class Wanker of the Highest Order, a Legend in his own mind, a tin-pot Dictator, and a jumped-up little shit with an ego greater than his intellect (note the Oxford comma, I do NOT require your help to compile MY Curriculum Vitae, or indeed my Resumé).

  36. totallygivenup

    milliband with the sun proof if ever needed his right wing affiliation fuck him we are fucked good and proper

  37. Since the days of Blair, the labour party ceased to become the party of the poor. Now they suck up to anyone to attract the middle classes and pat us on the head at election time like dogs to support them. Labour are now saying “vote for us you poor people and we will be a little less nasty to you than the tories would be.”

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