Crippen discovers that the DWP provide the main source of oppressive attitudes towards disabled people

Why are we not surprised to hear that people with chronic illness taking part in a recent survey, reported that the main source of oppressive attitudes they faced were when dealing with Department for Work and Pensions staff.

The Energy Impairment and Disability Inclusion report (which is available to download here as a PDF*) found that people with chronic illness face hostility and isolation because of society’s (and the DWP’s apparently!) failure to understand how their impairment affects their lives.

The research concluded that the most “fundamental oppression” experienced by people with conditions such as ME, multiple sclerosis, and fibromyalgia was the “negative attitudes” they faced. The report says that many people with these conditions feel like undeserving frauds because they have “internalised” deeply negative social attitudes.

More than 80 per cent of the more than 2,000 people with chronic illness who took part in a survey for the research believed there was a denial and disbelief about the fatigue they experienced. And 85 per cent said they felt isolated by society’s failure to understand the impact of their condition.

One of those who took part in the research said: “I feel like every day I am battling to prove myself – that I am really this sick, that I am working hard, how exhausted I feel, how difficult things are for me, in order to avoid their judgements.”

To find out more about the survey, please click here to access the full Disability News Service article.

* When you click on the PDF download link, the document should be automatically downloaded onto your device (probably into the ‘downloads’ folder).

Description of cartoon for those people using screen reading software

The scene is set in a staff training room at the DWP. A sign on the wall has a picture of Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) on it along with the wording ‘The teachings of IDS – People with ME are lazy and workshy’. A man in a grey suit is teaching a man and a woman sat at desks. He is saying to them: “And don’t forget when you work here – you leave your humanity at the door!”

2 responses to this post.

  1. Bob Williams Findlay comments in facebook –
    Don’t remind me of my past – training Employment Advisors and DROs for the Employment Services. Every session felt like being at a Nuremberg Rally. Some were good; but others made Hitler look like a Liberal.

    Reply

  2. Posted by A6er on 11/05/2020 at 17:57

    Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.

    Reply

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