The DWP as Psychologists: “Haven’t you Committed Suicide yet?”
In 2012 this story came out,
Unemployed people suspected of suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction will have their benefits cut if they refuse treatment for their condition, the work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, will signal on Wednesday.
Anybody who’s done a new Jobseeker’s Agreement will now that there’s question on this subject – and one on if you have a criminal background.
Then we learnt about the DWP dabbling in psychology:
This year we heard – very recently – of them prescribing Online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
Most people would think the last people on earth to act as competent psychologists would be the DWP, Atos with the parasites and chancers running the Work Programme, Mandatory Work schemes and all the rest of the Workfare industry. Or that Atos’s successor, Maximus, “A company with a “chilling” record of incompetence, discrimination and alleged fraud” will do any better.
Well here’s the kind of larks this lot have got up not long ago.
Tobanem points the story out:
An ESA claimant has explained how an Atos work capability assessor asked her why she had not yet killed herself, after she admitted suffering with depression.
Abi Fallows described the interview on the I bet I can find a million people who DON’T want David Cameron as our PMFacebook group after reading Vox Political‘s article on the hidden cost of the Coalition Government’s benefits policy.
“At my last Atos ‘assessment’, when mentioning depression, the ‘assessor’ asked me why I hadn’t killed myself yet,” she told astonished members of the Facebook group.
She said the assessors’ attitude seemed to be that she couldn’t be depressed if she had not already killed herself: “I’ve noticed a few people, over the last year or so, going to Atos with depression are being asked that same question.
“I tried signing on for Jobseekers [Allowance], but thanks to the wonderful ‘Y’, who I saw, she said I was no way fit to work under any circumstances because I’d always be set up to fail.
“I had a doctor’s appointment this morning (December 4) and I told my doc. It’s the first time I’ve ever heard a doctor swear like that. The doctor swearing in response – a rather softly spoken voice – said, and I quote: ‘Holy shiiiiiiiit!’”
But it seems the scandalised claimant is set to have the last word because – unknown to her assessor – she recorded the entire incident.
Vox Political December the 6th.
Follow the story on the highly recommended Vox Political Blog – and weep.
Skwawkbox makes the same connections as us
The SKWAWKBOX has published extensively on the sinister and abusive use of techniques devised by the same ‘torture guru’ who created the now-infamous CIA ‘enhanced interrogation’ techniques on UK benefit-claimants. Search ‘psychometric’ on this blog to find those articles.
The excellent ‘Vox Political’ blog picked up on the latest of these articles this week – and links this phenomenon to apparent DWP attempts to use similar ‘nudge’ techniques to encourage disabled claimants to commit suicide.