This is beyond a fucking joke

On Friday, I phoned through to the courts to find out what is going on with my PIP (disability) Tribunal. The lovely lady informed me that that there is a 38 week wait, minus the 14 weeks I have already been on the books, meaning that I have another 24 weeks till they give me a date. 24 fucking weeks, just so you don’t have to do the math. That is 6 fucking months, that means it will be nearly a year from start to finish, that is a year left in limbo, a year left to try and scrap around finding money.

You know why? Because the way the system works, they want to shove people off disability onto different benefits or even into work, they more or less automatically refuse people in the hope they don’t appeal. The problem is people are appealing and its taking time and money for the courts to go through and go yep DWP (department of work and pensions are wrong) 65% of all claims that go to the courts are successful, 65% that is a very high number and surely that should tell the British public something. The system is not working, people are being forced below the poverty line so the government fucking figures look good.

They are dealing with people not figures, these are people’s lives they are fucking with, not some numbers on a fucking page. Real people are taking their lives because they can’t deal with the damn stress. Real people are struggling to survive because the wait is so long.

Added to this, its stressful, can put thousands of people into a spiral of depression and anxiety. You know what, you can’t say this because they are only allowed to consider what you were like at the time of the intital contact, not when you eventually get to a tribunal and if you say you have gotten worse, they might consider that although you were not intitled to it then, you are now.

The system needs to desperatly change before more people die from it.

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12 Responses to This is beyond a fucking joke

  1. manyofus1980 says:

    that’s awful. so long to be waiting. the system is so flawed. and they really could care less about people its a disgrace. x

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  2. Barb says:

    I’m so sorry you’re going through this. The process is similar in the US—I’ve heard it can take up to a year to find out whether or not you qualify, and most people are turned down on their first try. Good luck to you 🌻

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  3. Barb says:

    It’s such BS.

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  4. I agree with you. This totally sucks. Thanks for writing about it so more people can get educated and lobby for change.

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  5. akiwifreund says:

    My good friend of 27 years lives in Worcester (I’ve visited him and his family, he’s visited me). We’ve talked about this and it’s been a point of contention. I’ve actually been waiting 3 years for my hearing here in the U.S., which is happening March 28th; I was denied twice before, and I’ve had 10 brain surgeries. I have 3 rare diseases. I was telling my friend how the people in the U.K. are treated with the same diseases, and he was indifferent, saying how everyone must make sacrifices. However, he has diabetes,has the absolute worst diet of fried and starchy food by choice, and he got his free Viagra tablets. As a result had a surprise baby boy, and had free in-home nurse visits to assist his wife when the baby arrived. Part of his argument to me is that I shouldn’t get any disability pay at all, because in poorer countries, no one gets disability pay.

    I don’t even know where to begin. But obviously being without pay for any number of months or years is devastating. And it must be nice to be a man who can take a little blue pill any time he wants to. Best of luck to you from across the pond.

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    • I would question how he manages to get free viagra, because it wouldn’t be on the NHS, most people have to pay for perscriptions here (not as expensive in the UK) However if you have certain diseases or you earn under a certain amount you can get free prescriptions, which are technically a benefit. One of those diseases is diabetes, what I have found recently is that if you have diabetes you can get all your medication for free regardless of what it is, so my argument to him would be in poorer countries he wouldn’t be getting that medication and if like some other people keeps abusing the system like that, then it is going to get taken off everyone, leaving a lot of people in the shit who really need it

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    • sorry I forgot to say, Hope it goes well on the 28th March, I will have my fingers crossed for you

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