For over a month now there’s been barely a peep from the newly appointed Employment Minister Mark Hoban. Unlike his bungling predecessor Chris Grayling, he was too lazy too give a speech at the Tory Party Conference and doesn’t appear to have done anything at all during his first month in the job.
Radio 4 however have finally managed to drag the lazy bastard out of his bed and it’s clear he would have been better staying where he was. In a debate about the growing scandal of successful appeals brought against benefit slashing decisions made by Atos ‘Healthcare’ he attempted to blame sick and disabled people for the shambles.
Atos carry out the Work Capability Assessment which has been used to strip benefits from hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled benefit claimants. 40% of appeals against the company’s decisions are upheld at tribunals, and it is this shocking statistic that Hoban attempts to blame on sick and disabled people themselves. Speaking this afternoon Hoban said:
“What’s happening too often is people are suggesting to claimants ‘oh, just leave the medical evidence until the appeal’ – there’s a shared responsibility here.”
This shocking statement does not bode well for the future of those with cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, MS or any number of other serious and life threatening conditions about to be forced into the humiliating Atos assessment regime. The reality is that many claimants are terrified by the assessment process with an increasing number of people tragically taking their own lives.
The notion that people would gamble on losing vital benefits because they couldn’t be bothered to provide the necessary evidence of their condition is an astonishing new low for the DWP. If this is the best we can expect from the skiving Employment Minister then he should fuck off back to sleep.