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The Truth About Disability Benefits - new Channel 4 programme tomorrow

Tori_Scope
Tori_Scope Posts: 7,049

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There'll be a Dispatches episode on 'The Truth About Disability Benefits' (Channel 4) tomorrow (Friday) at 7:30pm. I'm sure it'll be available on Channel 4's on-demand service, All4, afterwards in case you miss it.

The episode investigates the unexpected deaths of disabled benefits claimants, including those who have taken their own lives.

Benefits and Work have outlined that
Some of the relatives of deceased claimants are speaking out on television for the first time, to explain how the system contributed to the deaths of their loved ones. 

There’s also testimony from a whistle-blower from inside the department who talks of staff having a dismissive and mocking attitude toward claimants.  
Will you be watching the episode tomorrow? What do you hope the episode covers? What do you hope the consequence of the episode airing will be?
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 6,095 Disability Gamechanger
    Sadly I doubt it will make any difference it won't be the first such programme.
    We now have a government that is quite literally a law unto itself, and a DWP that makes more bad decisions than good ones.
    Be kind to newer members
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 13,344 Disability Gamechanger
    I will watch it at sometime I hope it will make people realise the battle some of us go through to get the financial support 

    But it won't change anything people will have forgot about the programme by the next day if it doesn't affect them or someone they know 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 7,049

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    people will have forgot about the programme by the next day if it doesn't affect them or someone they know 
    I agree that this is unfortunately true for a lot of subjects @janer1967. Do you have any ideas on what could be done more generally to increase the public's awareness of the negative effects that the process of claiming benefits can have?
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  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 8,295 Disability Gamechanger
    Sad to say but I am exhausted physically and mentally at this point and this won’t tell me anything I don’t know already. A busman’s holiday. I’ve worked with the company that produces Dispatches before too. Sad to say, whilst they’re clearly committed to these areas of work, I always feel the final product falls short of showing the true complexities of such things. So no, definitely won’t be watching.
  • serenity2
    serenity2 Member Posts: 207 Pioneering
    This programme does not appear to be available to watch on All 4 ? Is there a delay. 
    I’ve tried several times to watch it since broadcast, to no avail 
     :)
    Best Wishes
    serenity2 
  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Member Posts: 2,298 Pioneering
    Yeah I checked that before and it’s listed but says no episodes available. It may just take a while before it’s put up for catch up. 
  • KerryBemmy
    KerryBemmy Member Posts: 5 Listener
    edited December 2021
    This is not available on all4 even a day later, I suspect it won't be available at all or maybe a couple weeks later. Programmes that were broadcast later are able to be watched but not this one. I'm gutted cos my bf wanted to watch Spiderman. 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 7,049

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    I had a look on All4 during my break, and was able to start playing the episode on there, so I think it's been put up now :) 
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  • hsm
    hsm Member Posts: 7 Listener
    Have been on PIP for the last 8 years and now am having my 3rd Re Assessment.I suffer from a Disability.It is a nightmare doing it all over again.It causes a lot of distress.It is crazy that its based on a points system and not your illness.Also the process is so long.Its now been nearly 8 weeks.It does make you feel suicidal
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 7,049

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    We've heard similar thoughts from many of our other members, so you're not alone in feeling that way @hsm. Have you watched the Dispatches programme? 
    It does make you feel suicidal
    Do you mind me asking if this is something you're experiencing at the moment? 
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  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 2,126 Pioneering
    Hi @hsm Welcome to the Community. Unfortunately everything is taking longer because of the pandemic. Please try and enjoy your Christmas and do not think about it until the new year. Take care.
  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Member Posts: 2,298 Pioneering
    I had a look on All4 during my break, and was able to start playing the episode on there, so I think it's been put up now :) 
    Yes I can now access it too. 
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 8,295 Disability Gamechanger
    hsm said:
    Have been on PIP for the last 8 years and now am having my 3rd Re Assessment.I suffer from a Disability.It is a nightmare doing it all over again.It causes a lot of distress.It is crazy that its based on a points system and not your illness.Also the process is so long.Its now been nearly 8 weeks.It does make you feel suicidal
    This can be avoided if you ask for a specific award length based on your prognosis. If you don’t spell out the appropriate award length then the guidance specified the shortest possible award repeatedly. 
  • hsm
    hsm Member Posts: 7 Listener
    We've heard similar thoughts from many of our other members, so you're not alone in feeling that way @hsm. Have you watched the Dispatches programme? 
    It does make you feel suicidal
    Do you mind me asking if this is something you're experiencing at the moment? 

  • hsm
    hsm Member Posts: 7 Listener
    Yes I did watch the Dispatches program and it was distressing watching it.What really upsets me is that what you are entitled to is based on a points scoring system and not your illness.It is Saturday today and I should be relaxing instead the thoughts of my PIP re assessment keep coming to my head.I really hate the whole setup.Last time when I went to an assessment I  had to appeal my award.I worked for over 20 years and its not my fault I suffer from a Disability.It could happen to anyone.
  • hsm
    hsm Member Posts: 7 Listener
    I suffer from Schizoaffective Disorder and you do get suicidal thoughts sometimes.The PIP assessments to be honest does make it worse.Sometimes it is a struggle getting out of bed and even doing basic things.
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 8,295 Disability Gamechanger
    Sadly it can never be based on the condition as two people with the dark condition can have a completely different experience of it. Thus you have to look at the practical consequences of a condition rather than the condition itseif.
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 7,049

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    I'm sorry that it's been causing you so much worry at the moment @hsm. I know it's easier said than done, but sometimes it's best just to try and put it out of your mind and fill your time with other things. 

    Are you receiving enough support for your schizoaffective disorder at the moment? Do you have a good support network around you to help you out when you feel unable to get out of bed and doing basic things?
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  • onebigvoice
    onebigvoice Member Posts: 260 Pioneering
    I thank you for the link.  I must have been half asleep not to see all these comments.
      I still believe that we/together will get some thing done and need to report each error whether its to the DWP/PIP's or your M P.
      Yes one letter does not cause a change but if every one wrote to their MP's in mass and all wrote the same thing, e.g.  write a stereo type letter which only requires your name and address into it and says some thing like:  I have just had an assessment at ........... by ..........  on the ........... where the report did not reflect the disabilities or conditions I have.  I have enclosed a snap shot of my medical history and up to date prescription list, and have also enclosed my Assessment Report and points I have disagreed with, this in line with the M R and right of access.
    or add this bit.......  

    I have had a Tribunal which has given me back my benefits ( and what you were given ) yet I had received a phone call before the tribunal making an offer before I had actually saw the offer and my listing was taken down.  Both go against the Tribunal Charter.  Can you advise me how they had made an offer and removed my listing before I had seen the offer.
     
      Now I am not saying that you need to use the above to send they are just ideas, and am sure that others can and will come up with better ones but it gives you a blank for a start, and when posted don't just rip it apart without trying to improve it.  Lets see what we can come up with.
      If there is a document already on file please show the link to that as I believe we have more clout that we are given credit for.
      
  • hsm
    hsm Member Posts: 7 Listener
    I'm sorry that it's been causing you so much worry at the moment @hsm. I know it's easier said than done, but sometimes it's best just to try and put it out of your mind and fill your time with other things. 

    Are you receiving enough support for your schizoaffective disorder at the moment? Do you have a good support network around you to help you out when you feel unable to get out of bed and doing basic things?

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