Mentally ill benefits claimants apparently aren’t ‘vulnerable’ enough for them
When most people see a person in the depths of despair or on the brink of suicide, they see a vulnerable person in need of help and compassion. Although not if you’re Iain Duncan Smith, it would seem.
It’s been revealed that his Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) refuses to count serious mental health conditions amongst their criteria to protect vulnerable people on benefits. If you have depression, anxiety or OCD and are on the dole – tough luck. Under Tory logic, you probably chose being mentally ill as a lifestyle; just like you chose to be poor.
The “vulnerable person” provision of the Tory benefits cuts is there to apply the breaks on procedures if someone is in serious risk of harm or death. The principle is that, while the Government can stop peoples’ benefits abruptly and for no reason, if someone is really and truly in desperate need of help they can apply for their situation to be considered for a small amount of emergency funds.