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Welfare cuts only stigmatise the poorest

Post by Mary_FV on Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:28 am

Insight from a welfare rights adviser...

Robert Armour wrote:Ever since I took up post as a welfare rights adviser I felt like a small boat against a very strong current. While I’m trying desperately to support people – many of whom are at their lowest ebb - we have a UK government actively implementing cuts to make life worse for these very people.

I’ve seen more grown adults cry as a welfare rights adviser than I did in my entire career as a social worker. It doesn’t relent: they just keep coming; I’m dealing with more cases of poverty as more welfare cuts get rolled out.

Many who have seen their benefits slashed, capped or halted come to us as a last resort. What many don’t see is the once proud people relegated to quivering wrecks. They believe no-one cares, that they’ve not only been abandoned but proactively stigmatised because, for whatever reason, they require state support. That’s fundamentally wrong and it’s not the society I want to live in.


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Re: Welfare cuts only stigmatise the poorest

Post by Absolut on Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:41 am

No society rewards the disabled, the unemployed, the infirm.

JK Rowling had a period of time on benefits when she couldn't get work as a teacher and spent her free time writing the Harry Potter books:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._K._Rowling

Rowling has lived a "rags to riches" life story, in which she progressed from living on state benefits to multi-millionaire status within five years.

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=E5V4zfHYaw0C&pg=PA44&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

guilt shades her eyes when she talks about that time, about the indulgence of writing while living on assistance

Writing multi million £ best selling novels while on the dole?! Tsk. These days she would have received a sanction for not spending every minute of her day looking for a low paid and 'zero hours' contract job because she was "feckless", "didn't want to work" and simply wasn't trying hard enough. Suspect


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Re: Welfare cuts only stigmatise the poorest

Post by Caker on Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:45 am

.........I would like to have been a fly on the wall during the conversation when she signed off the dole. lol!
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