Benefit Claimants Forced To Live In Fear. Publish the Death Toll!
Government ‘Nudge’ to Help Claimants ‘Start Smiling Again’.
Enigma points out that the government is using ‘nudge’ theory to guide how they work (BBC Politicians learn power of using nudge technique).
“A nudge, as we will use the term, is any aspect of the choice architecture that alters people’s behavior in a predictable way without forbidding any options or significantly changing their economic incentives. To count as a mere nudge, the intervention must be easy and cheap to avoid. Nudges are not mandates. Putting fruit at eye level counts as a nudge. Banning junk food does not.”
One of Nudges’ most frequently cited examples is the etching of the image of a housefly into the men’s room urinals at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, which is intended to ‘improve the aim’” (Wikipedia).
BIT is working with Jobcenters in a trial involving cutting down the process, personalising job advice and includes the introduction of commitment devices, which require the jobseeker to make commitments to the job advisor about what they are going to do in the next week. They write their commitments down in front of the job advisor, who then follows up whether they were successful. The job seekers are encouraged to make the commitments unambiguous by specifying when and where they are going to perform the action. The early results from the trial has showed a significant increase in those off benefits at 13 weeks.”
I can’t help feeling that the only ‘nudge’ I can see at work at the moment is claimants being shoved towards destitution and – in some tragic cases – death.
In Ipswich we see people every day in the street in a terrible state, asking for money: how have we come to this?
This is happening everywhere.
As in this:
We all know that without any form of income via wages, benefits or savings that the inevitable outcome is almost certainly homelessness, hunger and poverty – even crime.
Comments Lesley Roberts on Welfare Weekly.
Common sense tells us this. So why do we believe that a person with a serious and recognised illness, who we know cannot work, should be put into the position of living in fear of this happening to them? Why are we pushing people into the position of feeling that the only way out is to take their own life?
Even the excuses used by the “I’m alright Jack” crowd will find it difficult to give a decent reason to ignore or hide what is happening. Even giving a dismissive comment will become an embarrassment; how many people have to end up on the Iain Duncan Smith’s death list before there is a public outcry?
The Mirror reported on the death of Glenn Harris on the 21 July 2015, who was so afraid his benefits would be stopped he ended his own life.
He is sadly not alone. There is a Facebook page, “National Remembrance for the DWP/ATOS Dead”, dedicated to those who have died due to welfare cuts. Anyone can google and find name after name, news report after news report, to find out about Britain’s very own ‘Schindler’s List’.
Something that strangely seems to be missing is the actual official statistics; a bit like child poverty being non-existent because the Tories want to redefine its definition.
Publish the death toll!