Soldiers with disabilities are to be denied all the benefits of the upcoming Personal Independence Payment assessments and may not even qualify for the mandatory Work Programme. It is believed that squaddies injured in battle will now be simply waved through conditionality for disability benefits, condemning them to wasted lives of fecklessness.
Astonishingly soldiers are set to be abandoned to payments for life, with no continuous testing to check whether conditions have cleared up, or disabilities disappeared.
Soldiers will be judged workshy by default, by a perverse system that is set to punish hard work and reward idleness. In a tragic waste of human life it is believed that former soldiers may not even qualify for workfare.
This must surely be Iain Duncan Smith’s reaction on hearing that Cameron has pledged sick or disabled soldiers will not face the upcoming brutal assessment regime in order to qualify for sickness or disability benefits.
After all, this is the Government that have told us benefit cuts are good for our health, and that the short computer based assessments are helping people to ensure they are on the correct benefit.
The truth is that Cameron’s announcement is an admission that the upcoming Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefit for sick and disabled people is unfit for purpose. Of course it is right that soldiers who have lost limbs or suffered other injuries in battle should be supported without constant brutal and humiliating tests – but so should fucking everyone else.
Are only those prepared to go and kill and die in rich men’s wars the only people who deserve a humane welfare state? What about nurses, teachers, firemen, or the thousands of people injured in industrial accidents?
The new tests for PIP will see everyone on Disability Living Allowance forced into a regime of continuous health and disability assessments by private companies regardless of claimant’s conditions. This is the same process currently endured by those claiming the out of work sickness and disability benefit Employment Support Allowance.
Yet the Prime Minister himself judges this process so toxic he has moved the goalposts for disabled squaddies in the hope of pacifying a few Sun readers.
In others words if you haven’t got a gun and are sick or disabled this Government doesn’t give a fuck and won’t listen.