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Three-quarters of Cumbrians on sick judged fit to work

Nearly three quarters of north and west Cumbria’s sickness benefit claimants are being judged capable of work, it has been revealed.

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I agree there is a lot of fraud and ficticious benefit claims. But please do not urinate in the well because you may have to drink fron that well yourself at some time in your life through no fault of your own.

Posted by Ess on 25 April 2012 at 19:30

And another thing to ponder - yes some cases can be reversed on appeal but perhaps some of you should try and imagine the stress it puts on people to have to fight these cases.. on top of a chronic illness. I would go on but some of the opinions posted are simply beneath contempt. Just keep banging the rocks together chaps... er the rest of us are into the bronze now. It does cause bemusement though when a whole nation weeps itself dry over one privileged princess who had a rapid end in a car accident but have little interest in ongoing chronic suffering of a neighbour.. go figure the odd workings of the mind.

Posted by Phil on 25 April 2012 at 19:19

My how capitalism delivers the double whammy... to cut labour costs production is shifted abroad and the economy shifts to the service sector. How inconvenient of the now unemployed workforce to carry on living and procreating. We end up with a few generations having no hope of fulfilling any ambitions to work or realise any of their dreams for themselves or their kids. Now the cherry on the cake - let's make it their fault - and throw in the disabled for good measure. You can still deliver a Big Mac from a wheelchair. To reiterate - the only people who believe this propaganda are rather mean spirited individuals who can't see beyond their own set of ill-informed prejudices. The question isn't why do we have the occasional riot - the question is why are UK folk so tolerant. Being denied meaningful employment is sufficient reason for unrest. Being told it is your own fault really crosses the line.

Posted by Phil on 25 April 2012 at 19:13

The system has allowed this to happen. What with the low pay throughout our area you cant expect a person to work 40 hours a week when they can get paid benifits which ammount to the same. The now generation of retired people who had pride in working all their lives now find themselves hard hit in order to subsidise the scroungers.

Posted by brian hardy on 25 April 2012 at 19:09

Phil - very well said indeed! I too am depressed at the readiness of some to oblige the Tories in their 'divide and rule' tactic.

Posted by Evil McBad on 25 April 2012 at 19:01

In reply to ex Maryports comment it is a typical example of someone who does not understand the system,Atos have been caught out over and over again hence why a recording of the medical is now allowed,you sound like the PM in that you don't live in the real world,my friend is having chemo for a serious illness,due to the intensity of the treatment he has already had both hips and both knees replaced due to his bones crumbling,he is in agony every day,cannot walk without help and is constantly sick from the chemo,he was declared fit for work,there is no fairness in the system,as for all of you who seem to have a thing about people getting new cars,a person working full time can claim DLA if they need help with their mobility,one MP claims it,the goverment have turned everyone against the disabled and you are all weak enough to believe what they tell you,if they maybe choose to cut down on their own expenses it would save the country millions so come on people get a grip and thank god you're not in the system........YET!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Margaret on 25 April 2012 at 18:39

I've been disabled since I was 20, I've worked and I put myself through college and Uni in order to get myself a career even as my condition got worse.

What did I find when I finished uni? I couldn't get a job because of my disability, no one wanted to take a chance on someone who could be out sick more due to an unpredictable condition that can leave you unable to get yourself to the bathroom on any given day?

I tried for 3 years, making the most of all work training type courses available (including New Deal - which wasn't set up for either disabled people or those with degrees). The stress of searching made my condition worse until I couldn't walk unaided, was in constant pain, extreme fatigue, and suffering bad insomnia, which of course meant people were even less likely to employ me. Finally, my doctor told me I was making myself sicker and that it was time I went on to sick benefit. My condition has mostly levelled off but the damage has been done and I've been told by a specialist that I won't get any better and will be "lucky if to stay as I am".

My social circle consists of my family, I have no love life, no hobbies and don't live an extravagant lifestyle.

I would happily swap the extreme fatigue, constant intense pain, insomnia and inability to walk properly for good health and a job. I can't imagine anyone would take that deal to swap with me and I can't imagine anyone would choose my life over health and a job, I mean, would you? And unfortunately there's no number I can call to trade in the body I was given!

As someone else has said, you are all one illness or accident away from being in my place.

Posted by Elle on 25 April 2012 at 18:33

The problem is, those who scam will always find a way to work the system, it's the genuine people who are finding themselves being told they are 'fit to work', and the genuine people who are terrified in all this. The assessments are grossly unfair, I've heard disgraceful incidences of people who are massively disabled being told they are capable of work (and yes, even some who have terminal cancer).

There are ways to weed out the scammers from those who genuinely can't work, but the government would rather take the easier route of vilifying all disabled people regardless.

So many of you say you know people scamming the system, there's a simple way to deal with that, report it...those genuine claimants out there would thank you.

Posted by LT on 25 April 2012 at 18:14

Well done Ram and J you both put your case wonderfully. like you say it is so much easier to knock the vulnerable whilst doffing their caps at the idle wealthy. All working people should be able to afford luxuries but the fact their wages will not run to it is evidence they are being short changed by the wealthy not by the sick and disabled. So please direct your venom at the guilty . No one on disability sets out to be in this condition sadly it is what life throws at the individual. So please have a little more compassion and less envy for people who cannot go to work. I would swap my cancer for an opportunity to work any day.

Posted by Annie on 25 April 2012 at 17:30

I think in the interests of fairness, the news and star, should also inform its readers that on appeal many esa or similair cases are won by claimants. i believe its something like 2/3rds of decisons overturned. dont knock the disabled until you have experienced it, its a bit like saying that most pple in work commit fraud at work, totally untrue.

Posted by John on 25 April 2012 at 17:20

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