Not for lefty guardian readers
Not sure what lefty Guardian readers have to do with this ...
Knit me some yoghurt please, Jeepers
Have you been reading the Daily Mail again, Htc24?
I suppose it might depend on the nature of the disability?
It's a bit of an assumption that all people with disabilities have PHYSICAL disabilities.
If it's of a mental health kind, should a person not be able to run? It might be very beneficial to their mental and physical health.
DLA does seem to be hugely inefficient, but I wouldn't like to see it scrapped. Massively overhauled yes, it is ridiculous that some people are able to claim for years without even having one review of their case or having to produce a doctor's certificate. Or as Seren says, that someone who wants to stop receiving DLA payments has to keep badgering the department to make this change!
But I think it is important to have extra assistance for people who are genuinely unable to work due to ill health and who may have higher living costs/more expenses (i.e. taxi fares to hospital appointments, cost of carer) than those healthy people who unfortuantely find themselves out of work.
I do always wonder how the people in those Daily Mail scaremongering stories manage to rack up hundreds of thousands in benefits and buy houses/ go to Barbados with the proceeds?
AllNoel wrote (see)
Angel - I last signed on in 2077. I'd been signing on for about 6 weeks when I was offered a job. It wasn't going to start until they got all my references in tho, so I was entitled to sign on for another few weeks. I wasn't, however, allowed to just turn up in the dole office, I had to keep filling in the little booklet saying what I'd been doing to find work that week. No amount of telling the dole office staff that I had a job would persuade them. This time I'm avoiding signing on for as long as possible. I don't think I can cope with the bearucracy.
Htc24 wrote (see)
. Running may be good for mental health issues, but dla is for those who are incapacitated to the point they cannot work, i'd say if you can run 10 miles then you can go to work, maybe get a job in a sports shop telling people how great running is for mental health issues.
Err, DLA is for people in or out of work to compensate for the extra costs of being disabled...Even Telegraph readers are entitled to it if they have the need.
I don't like people who abuse the system. But I do think it's odd that we praise people for overcoming adversity and then label them scroungers if they succeed in doing so. I saw one "running benefit cheat" story where the "runner" in question had taken over 3 hours to complete a half. That looks like proof of some kind of disability to me!
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