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Twenty Thousand Claimants With MH Issues Were Sanctioned Last Year Finds Mind Research

October 29, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith is three times more likely to hit mental health sufferers with benefit sanctions than he is to help them into work, a damning report reveals.

An analysis by the charity Mind found almost 20,000 people with mental health issues had their benefits docked last year.

Yet only 6,340 mental health sufferers were helped to find work during the same period.

The figures came as the United Nations Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) announced it will be investigating the Government’s benefit cuts.

The probe will look at whether the reforms have had a disproportional impact on single parents, children and the disabled and whether the tax credit cuts will leave people without an adequate standard of living.

The Committee will also investigate what steps are being done to cut the number using food banks and whether mental health services are adequate in the light of the cuts.

The research by Mind, obtained by Freedom of Information request, will pile pressure on Mr Duncan Smith to halt his cruel sanctions regime that sees those on benefits lose money if they are a few minutes late signing on or fail to look for work.

According to Mind there 250,000 people with mental health issues who receive the Employment and Support Allowance. Of these 19,259 were sanctioned last year.

Paul Farmer, the chief executive of Mind, said: “It is perverse that people with mental health problems are more likely to have their benefits stopped than they are to be supported into employment.

“We have long been warning the Government that a punitive approach towards people who are out of work because of their health or disability is not only ineffective but is causing a great deal of distress.”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeffery Davies permalink
    October 29, 2015 5:42 am

    I find it strange the same retric comes out from the dwp jcp they found work six thousand yet I would ask whot work stacking shelves for that salvation army or cancer charity yes they still claiming benefits should have been the questioned asked jeff3

  2. October 29, 2015 7:18 am

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  3. Sarah Davis permalink
    October 29, 2015 11:45 am

    It’s taken the DWP 2 months to restart my claim after they decided that my mental health problems were all gone and I was suddenly fit for work and I appealed against it. Those 2 months have been so stressful without any income and no response to any of the letters I sent and my mental state has deteriorated severely. I tried visiting the job centre in this time but as I can’t normally leave the house it was extremely hard to get there and the staff were very unhelpful, wouldn’t allow my helper in, told me it was time to pull myself together and when I asked how I was supposed to go back 2 days later when I had no money for train fare (job centre is 10 miles away) she just shrugged and turned away. I left in tears and didn’t go back so had to survive on food banks until they finally sorted out my payments. I was reluctant to sign on anyway as it meant I had to claim I was “fit for work” and I and my doctor know full well I’m not. I was also aware that even if I did it would be an absurd exercise. What employer in this day and age would take on a 56 year old with almost no work experience and severe depression and anxiety? This system is so badly wrong. The “assessors” at the medicals can over-rule all the medical evidence, how can a 20 minute interview possibly find out more than your doctor in years of treatment. The assessors reports are also well known to be full of lies and omissions. Our mental welfare is now in the hands of these awful people who don’t care at all. It really scares me

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