The Government must immediately stop suspending the benefits of hundreds of thousands of claimants each year or risk soaring rates of mental health problems, experts have warned.
In an open letter to The Independent, doctors from Britain’s leading mental health organisations said that an urgent review of the system must be carried out to discover how deep an impact it is having.
Ministers are facing a separate battle in Parliament over plans to slash £3.7bn of disability benefits that would go to people with mental health problems, epilepsy, diabetes and dementia.
The doctors' letter comes just 10 days before Philip Hammond’s spring budget, with the Government still struggling to bring the deficit under control and under intense pressure to spend money giving companies more business rates relief.
It reads: “We, the UK’s leading bodies representing psychologists, psychotherapists, psychoanalysts and counsellors, call on the Government to immediately suspend the benefits sanctions system.
“It fails to get people back to work and damages their mental health.”
Well what happens -- there are a lot of people on disability. That's a big government liability -- some people want to cut that liability down, but if we do people will have no way to support themselves.
Not everybody with disabilities can work under some circumstances -- but some can -- BUT we won't provide those circumstances -- HENCE the CATCH 22 & our current dilemma:
"It fails to get people back to work and damages their mental health."
With Medicaid Block Granting and our budding relationship with British politician Nigel Farage -- we hope this is NOT in the US' future.