Woman criticises benefits system after being made to seek work despite suffering five heart attacks

Woman criticises benefits system after being made to seek work despite suffering five heart attacks

Woman criticises benefits system after being made to seek work despite suffering five heart attacks

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A woman who claims she is being forced to look for work despite suffering five heart attacks has branded the reformed benefits system “crazy”.

Christine Richard, 60, has suffered ill health from about 2004, but since the benefits system was altered has been told she is no longer entitled to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and instead put on Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA).

A DWP spokesman said: "We have followed the correct procedures in processing the benefit claim.

"If people want to submit extra evidence or a fresh claim then we will look at the case again."

See the Braintree Times for the full story

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3:45pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Bert Hardy says...

The benefits system is indeed crazy.
Those seeking work get no real help, there are 1500 signing on here and 300 jobs on offer! Why does the government not CREATE WORK? That is the governments job. Create jobs, enable employers to employ, cut red tape and industry costs, encourage job creation.

This woman is typical of so many. She would never get work, no employer will employ such a person, the risk is too great, yet proper benefits are withheld!.
The Braintree office knows those who shirk from those who will never be employed, yet they are under orders to make them suffer by cutting money they deserve. Undeserving appear to get what they wish.
The benefits system is indeed crazy. Those seeking work get no real help, there are 1500 signing on here and 300 jobs on offer! Why does the government not CREATE WORK? That is the governments job. Create jobs, enable employers to employ, cut red tape and industry costs, encourage job creation. This woman is typical of so many. She would never get work, no employer will employ such a person, the risk is too great, yet proper benefits are withheld!. The Braintree office knows those who shirk from those who will never be employed, yet they are under orders to make them suffer by cutting money they deserve. Undeserving appear to get what they wish. Bert Hardy
  • Score: 7

11:00am Sun 2 Mar 14

keith_l says...

The article focusses on the bad things - how long since her first heart attack? The first was 10 years ago, and if it is three or more since the last one it would probably be beneficial for her to do a relatively sedentary job - such as office work or checkout at a supermarket.

Jobs ARE available for those who want them - a friend of mine from Chelmsford found one a month ago in the industrial estate in Witham, and cycles every day.

Just quoting the number advertised at the job centre is only those that the employers were unable to fill by advertising directly, people making enquiries, etc.

I also know people on JSA who have no intention of looking for work - they just make token applications that they know they won't get to keep the job centre happy.
The article focusses on the bad things - how long since her first heart attack? The first was 10 years ago, and if it is three or more since the last one it would probably be beneficial for her to do a relatively sedentary job - such as office work or checkout at a supermarket. Jobs ARE available for those who want them - a friend of mine from Chelmsford found one a month ago in the industrial estate in Witham, and cycles every day. Just quoting the number advertised at the job centre is only those that the employers were unable to fill by advertising directly, people making enquiries, etc. I also know people on JSA who have no intention of looking for work - they just make token applications that they know they won't get to keep the job centre happy. keith_l
  • Score: -12

12:57pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Bert Hardy says...

keith_l wrote:
The article focusses on the bad things - how long since her first heart attack? The first was 10 years ago, and if it is three or more since the last one it would probably be beneficial for her to do a relatively sedentary job - such as office work or checkout at a supermarket.

Jobs ARE available for those who want them - a friend of mine from Chelmsford found one a month ago in the industrial estate in Witham, and cycles every day.

Just quoting the number advertised at the job centre is only those that the employers were unable to fill by advertising directly, people making enquiries, etc.

I also know people on JSA who have no intention of looking for work - they just make token applications that they know they won't get to keep the job centre happy.
You want this woman to cycle to Chelmsford daily to work in a warehouse....?
[quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: The article focusses on the bad things - how long since her first heart attack? The first was 10 years ago, and if it is three or more since the last one it would probably be beneficial for her to do a relatively sedentary job - such as office work or checkout at a supermarket. Jobs ARE available for those who want them - a friend of mine from Chelmsford found one a month ago in the industrial estate in Witham, and cycles every day. Just quoting the number advertised at the job centre is only those that the employers were unable to fill by advertising directly, people making enquiries, etc. I also know people on JSA who have no intention of looking for work - they just make token applications that they know they won't get to keep the job centre happy.[/p][/quote]You want this woman to cycle to Chelmsford daily to work in a warehouse....? Bert Hardy
  • Score: 6

2:16pm Sun 2 Mar 14

keith_l says...

Bert Hardy wrote:
keith_l wrote:
The article focusses on the bad things - how long since her first heart attack? The first was 10 years ago, and if it is three or more since the last one it would probably be beneficial for her to do a relatively sedentary job - such as office work or checkout at a supermarket.

Jobs ARE available for those who want them - a friend of mine from Chelmsford found one a month ago in the industrial estate in Witham, and cycles every day.

Just quoting the number advertised at the job centre is only those that the employers were unable to fill by advertising directly, people making enquiries, etc.

I also know people on JSA who have no intention of looking for work - they just make token applications that they know they won't get to keep the job centre happy.
You want this woman to cycle to Chelmsford daily to work in a warehouse....?
No - I said that there are jobs available for those who want them. Supermarkets are always recruiting - the wages may be low and the hours unsociable, but I was demonstrating that if you want to work, you can.
[quote][p][bold]Bert Hardy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: The article focusses on the bad things - how long since her first heart attack? The first was 10 years ago, and if it is three or more since the last one it would probably be beneficial for her to do a relatively sedentary job - such as office work or checkout at a supermarket. Jobs ARE available for those who want them - a friend of mine from Chelmsford found one a month ago in the industrial estate in Witham, and cycles every day. Just quoting the number advertised at the job centre is only those that the employers were unable to fill by advertising directly, people making enquiries, etc. I also know people on JSA who have no intention of looking for work - they just make token applications that they know they won't get to keep the job centre happy.[/p][/quote]You want this woman to cycle to Chelmsford daily to work in a warehouse....?[/p][/quote]No - I said that there are jobs available for those who want them. Supermarkets are always recruiting - the wages may be low and the hours unsociable, but I was demonstrating that if you want to work, you can. keith_l
  • Score: -2

9:35pm Sun 2 Mar 14

strawberry1 says...

I'd just like to point out if you have suffered from heart attacks I DO NOT recommend you working in a supermarket! It is not an easy job, getting paid minimum wage, and dealing with people who want to know why their value range baked beans have risen by 1p, and it's your fault! Lol that's just an example, I do comment a lot of benefit articles however yet again just goes to show how crazy this government is, any job is stressful, probably even flower arranging, I do sympathise with this lady, and don't think her benefits should of been scrapped, with her ongoing health problems I'm sorry to sad I don't even think she would even be considered for a job :( I hope you get your situation sorted!!!
I'd just like to point out if you have suffered from heart attacks I DO NOT recommend you working in a supermarket! It is not an easy job, getting paid minimum wage, and dealing with people who want to know why their value range baked beans have risen by 1p, and it's your fault! Lol that's just an example, I do comment a lot of benefit articles however yet again just goes to show how crazy this government is, any job is stressful, probably even flower arranging, I do sympathise with this lady, and don't think her benefits should of been scrapped, with her ongoing health problems I'm sorry to sad I don't even think she would even be considered for a job :( I hope you get your situation sorted!!! strawberry1
  • Score: 4

7:31am Mon 3 Mar 14

keith_l says...

strawberry1 wrote:
I'd just like to point out if you have suffered from heart attacks I DO NOT recommend you working in a supermarket! It is not an easy job, getting paid minimum wage, and dealing with people who want to know why their value range baked beans have risen by 1p, and it's your fault! Lol that's just an example, I do comment a lot of benefit articles however yet again just goes to show how crazy this government is, any job is stressful, probably even flower arranging, I do sympathise with this lady, and don't think her benefits should of been scrapped, with her ongoing health problems I'm sorry to sad I don't even think she would even be considered for a job :( I hope you get your situation sorted!!!
Her benefits HAVE NOT BEEN SCRAPPED! She has moved from ESA to JSA. The main difference is that you have to sign on, look to see if there is any suitable work, and have a review with JC+ staff every few months.
[quote][p][bold]strawberry1[/bold] wrote: I'd just like to point out if you have suffered from heart attacks I DO NOT recommend you working in a supermarket! It is not an easy job, getting paid minimum wage, and dealing with people who want to know why their value range baked beans have risen by 1p, and it's your fault! Lol that's just an example, I do comment a lot of benefit articles however yet again just goes to show how crazy this government is, any job is stressful, probably even flower arranging, I do sympathise with this lady, and don't think her benefits should of been scrapped, with her ongoing health problems I'm sorry to sad I don't even think she would even be considered for a job :( I hope you get your situation sorted!!![/p][/quote]Her benefits HAVE NOT BEEN SCRAPPED! She has moved from ESA to JSA. The main difference is that you have to sign on, look to see if there is any suitable work, and have a review with JC+ staff every few months. keith_l
  • Score: 0

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