Benefit Busters

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http://www.channel4.com/programmes/bene ... od#2934042

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I think they should root out the malingerers because they do no favours for the genuinely disabled or inacapacitated.
I do take George's point though when so much talk is about getting carers and disabled into work we can't really complain when they do just that.
I didn't really think anyone shown on the programme was what they call work ready, the young boy may have been but if I were doing that job I would need to be convinced before sending someone down a road that could lead to real health problems in the future.
I watched the two programmes prior to this one and they were even worse people being paid good salaries to find the unemployed jobs that could easily be found without their help, like unpaid work in Poundland in the leadup to xmas Image
Vicky
I think, Penny, that the young man was carefully selected to match the stereotype of the "could work, will not work" claimant, the fact that he had a bad back with all its negative connotations was no coincidence despite the fact that the term "bad back" covers a plethora of conditions from mild lumbago to cancer of the spine. I take Vicky's point about the lack of concern for his future health if work was found for him, this is something which should have been carefully considered before putting him into the work-related activity group. I rather thought that the person carrying out the assessment was a "heath professional", not a doctor and even the doctors do not have the necessary expertise in the areas of health care which they need in order to properly assess ability to work on behalf of the DWP, few Atos EMPs are specialists and yet they examine claimants with conditions which they are not expert in and their assessments can have an enormous impact on those claimants and their family's lives.

Your daughter may well have been perceived as someone who, in terms of cost-effectiveness for the organisation, would cost too much to prepare for work and, from the adviser's point of view, would not assist in either meeting monthly targets or receiving a bonus and so no effort was put into helping her. This says a lot about the reality of a system which concentrates on those who it is easiest to place into work and fails those who require more effort but who may have greater motivation to work, a reality which the programme makers were at pains to ensure was not shown to the viewing public.
I think, Penny, that the young man was carefully selected to match the stereotype of the "could work, will not work" claimant, the fact that he had a bad back with all its negative connotations was no coincidence despite the fact that the term "bad back" covers a plethora of conditions from mild lumbago to cancer of the spine. I take Vicky's point about the lack of concern for his future health if work was found for him, this is something which should have been carefully considered before putting him into the work-related activity group. .
thats wot i was trying to say annie lol lol

My friend saw it, and she was annoyed, and said wot about amy- she will have to have all these interviews when she is at the wrk age-- amy said-- no i wont im gonna be a hair dresser for dissabled people

sot hat settled that one!
well done Amy