Parents Are Furious At NHS

The parents of a five year old were enraged after being informed by the NHS that their three stone son was fat, and needed to go to a fat club.  Paul and Sarah Hurry had at all times considered themselves on giving healthy meals for their six children.

So the couple was distressed when it was stated by a nurse that their athletic and energetic son Max, who at 3ft 6in tall, weighs 3st 3lb, was overweight as part of the NHS’ Child Measurement programme.

The family was even summoned to a healthy lifestyle assessment to train them how to feed their children.

Mr Hurry, 47, from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, stated he didn’t know whether chuckle about it, or feel infuriated after being given a letter which he depicted as political correctness gone mad.  The note from Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, which was based on the youngster’s BMI reading, which went on to state that Max’s weight could steer onto grave health difficulties such as asthma and diabetes.

It even informed it might make him more susceptible to bullying and having low self respect.  However, Mr Hurry and wife Sarah takes issue with any statements, and that their bouncy young boy was far from unhealthy.

The father of six had challenged the nurse during the initial meeting back in February when she stated to him Max was obese.  Mr Hurry asked the nurse to look at him, and to let him know how his son was fat, and that he was simply not overweight.

The nurse said he is overweight because that was what the chart said, nevertheless, Mr Hurry was in the belief that there was no point reasoning with somebody who simply has no judgement on these things.

However, after sniggering off the fears, they were enraged to be given the letter purporting they should take part in a fat club.

They laughed it off because he was always out playing football, or on his bike, and eats healthily.

Even so, the letter turned up telling them they we were duty-bound to go to a meeting to talk over how they feed their children.  When they first saw it, they weren’t sure whether to be really vexed, or laugh it off as some type of political correctness gone insane.

They’re still undecided about it.

The pair said they take considerable care to make healthy food for their six children, and had not ever been told any of Max’s siblings were fat.  They all consume identical meals, and they all share the same build.

Mr Hurry stated that Max has an older sister, six year old Matilda, who is disabled and as a result will only eat salmon, chicken, vegetables and a bit of potato, so the whole family would eat the same.

Every night the children have fresh salmon, or fresh chicken with some new potatoes and vegetables.  Maybe once a week they’ll have something less nourishing, just to give a little respite, nevertheless, it will still be something like chicken dippers, not a takeaway or rubbish.

It’s all rubbish, all this governmental insanity gone wrong, and this isn’t the first time with all this political madness, there have been other instances.

A hospital has banned visitors from cooing at babies that had just been born. The principle? It could infringe on the infants’ human rights.  What a load of rubbish, next they’ll be saying to you that you can’t breath on them as well.  It is just insulting our intelligence.

A sign on the crib, said: “I deserve to be left undisturbed and protected against unwanted public view.” However, a great deal of new parents stated they were pleased and delighted to show off their newborn child.

Circumventing the point here, a headmistress ruled in June that girls at her Dorset school must be groomed in trousers at all times. It sourced enraged protests from pupils and parents, nevertheless, Marilyn Warden took a firm stand that even knee-length skirts did not adequately protect their modesty.

A council in Cornwall prohibited a Punch and Judy show following women’s rights objectors mounted objection fighting its beastly storyline.  Ladies handed out pamphlets to kids as young as four, tendering without a charge, confidential support to any woman, including bisexual or homosexual women, who’s going through domestic violence.

For generations, children going to school have enjoyed making Mother’s and Father’s Day cards to take home. Yet, the country’s largest guidance service now promotes its pupils to make special person cards instead.

A band of headmasters disobeyed the public surge in school conker prohibitions, and even called off classes to hold conker championships. The long-established pastime has been criminalised in schools across the nation for health and safety purposes.

Following decades of appropriate memorials to our war dead, a shower of paper poppies at a Remembrance Day service was prohibited because they were a fire hazard.

The trouble is that people are currently so cold-eyed and unresponsive that we without question have no accuracy on what is factual and what’s not, and what’s more is that the standards change all the time.

However, this little laddie, he’s just an average and energetic young lad.   However, the letter from Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust states that the results proposed that the child’s weight to height ratios. In line with the age and sex of the child was a worry.

It went onto state that excess weight could lead to dangerous health troubles, and in short this could result in emotional well being, such as bullying, low self-respect, asthma and the progressive arrival of diabetes.

The letter in addition stated that their GP would like to help, and would be contacting them shortly to invite their son and family to go to a Healthy Lifestyle Review.

Mr Hurry is now taking into consideration going along to the healthy review with his family to question the staff about their fat assertions.  As he wants to know which one of his children are overweight, and what needs to alter in their choice of food, because as far as he is concerned not one of his children are fat.

Most kids have a small amount of puppy fat when they’re younger, however, with exercise, and a sound diet, this minuscule amount of puppy fat vanishes over time, however, the importance is not to make it too much of an issue, otherwise we will end up with kids who are obsessed with being overweight, and will end up walking about hungry, and looking anorexic.

What to do if Your Child is Being Bullied

UnknownBullying involves recurring acts of physical, emotional, or social behaviour that are intentional, controlling, and hurtful.  Bullying is a learned behaviour, observable as early as 2 years of age.

Bullying is defined by a power imbalance between the bully and its prey.  A power that can be gained from physical size, strength, verbal skill, popularity, or gender.    

A bully’s target feels tortured, helpless and defenceless, and if you believe that your child is being bullied, you should talk to your child and trust that what they are telling you is true, and not brush it under the rug.

Talk over with your child that being bullied is not their fault, and that they don’t have to face it alone.

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The parent should gather as much information as possible about the situation, and instruct the child to not respond to his/her attackers, but to be assertive and walk away, or get assistance if required.

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Tell your child to report any intimidation straightaway to a trusted adult, and the parent should get in touch with the school, teacher, or counsellor, and always stay calm.  Don’t ever respond to any bullying.

When kids bully each other using the internet, mobile phones, or other cyber technology by sending hateful or venomous text, e-mail, or instant messages, or by posting hateful pictures or messages about others in a chat room, on bulletin boards, on blogs, or on websites, then they should be reported immediately, but don’t ever react to any Cyber bullying, and screen shot and save all correspondence or postings.

If your child is physically attacked, and when we say physically, we mean by force, hitting, or otherwise attacking, then the parent needs to talk to the teachers and the school principal immediately.

The parent should take pictures of any injuries, and they should have their child write down a detailed description of what happened.

The police should be called immediately if there is any physical violation of any type, which includes hitting, kicking, slapping, tripping, and hair-pulling.

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Parents should also talk to a solicitor/Lawyer if the child has been physically assaulted by another student.

In a collective, children and older students do tend to bicker, and some just single others out, some just to show off, and others because of the way that they have been brought up in the home.  

We are not born bullies, we become bully’s because of what we see, and what we’re shown, and so that the emphasis is not on them, but on others.  It’s all about possession, and taking charge of something that they can command because they’re unable to control themselves.

It’s our animal instinct that refers to our behaviour and habits, including body language, elimination habits, hostility, play and communication.  Many common behaviours include hunting and grooming, however, it can change greatly among individuals.  Some might appear to interact with others more easily, while others do not seem to do as well.  In a family with many children, the interactions appear to alter depending on which individuals are present, and how limited the territory and the resources are.

Even so, bullying isn’t acceptable behaviour, and dominance over this should be seen in the home of the parents, nevertheless, this is not always a possibility, particularly if all that the bully is experiencing is hostility inside the home.  Another pattern of bullying is through peer pressure that is influenced in a peer group, when observers or individuals encourage others to change their attitudes, values, or behaviours to adapt to a group.

Peers become a significant influence on behaviour during adolescence, and peer pressure has been called a hallmark of adolescent experience.

Peer conformity in young people is most pronounced with regard to trend, taste, appearance, ideology, and values, and is normally affiliated with instalments of adolescent risk taking, such as willful neglect, drug abuse, sexual behaviours, and reckless driving because these actions commonly happen in the company of peers.

Affiliation with friends who engage in risk behaviours has been shown to be a strong predictor of an adolescent’s own behaviour, however, peer pressure can also have positive effects when youths are forced by their peers towards positive behaviour, such as volunteering for a charity, or surpassing in academics.

While socially accepted kids often have the most opportunities, and the most positive experiences, being in the popular gang may also be a risk element for mild to temperate deviant behaviour.

Popular teenagers are the most socialised into their peer groups, and therefore are more vulnerable to peer pressures, such as behaviours normally set aside for this for more outstanding matureness and reasoning.

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Socially accepted kids are frequently accepted for the sheer fact that they adjust well to the norms of teen culture, with good and bad aspects included, and popular adolescents are more strongly associated with their peer group’s likes such as intoxicants, tobacco and drugs.

Many popular pupils also make lower grades than less socially accepted kids. This is perhaps due to the fact that popular students may spend more time vexing about their social life instead of studying.

We perpetually hear about bullying on a regular basis, and sometimes it becomes so high-risk that you also hear of teenagers taking their own lives because of the brutality that another teenager, or a group of teenagers has put on another person.  

In the playground of adolescence we support bullying as a playground caper, and thus reinforce it, and brush it under the carpet.   However, you can title it what you like, but at the end of the day, it’s still bullying, and a hurdle that we must address.  It’s not a brain-teaser. It’s very real, and we must always question why it happens.

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We are all born with a blank canvas, we are not born with this congenital enthrallment to bully another human being, however, some of us, as we get older search out others to create havoc upon.  So, this must have been learned from somewhere, and it’s essential that once this bullying is brought out into the open by a student, or the parent of that student that it’s nipped in the bud as soon as possible.

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How do we do this, with control, and we need to analyse all aspects of the situation, however, what we can’t do is quash the situation and pretend it’s not happening, when we know that it is.  You can’t conceal bullying because it won’t go away, and whoever it’s happening to can’t fight it off, it’s not as simple as that.

Foremost the student that’s being bullied needs to know that they can approach someone of authority, or their parents without judgement because the student has done nothing amiss, and should not be made to feel that they have.  

It’s one thing the student approaching somebody to confide in, but it’s another thing bringing the bullies forward to acknowledge that they have done something wrong because in their eyes it was all in fun, and they never meant anything by it, when clearly they did, and then the student will go away feeling uplifted that the bully has been chastised for their wrong-doing, but then the student is then bullied once more, but more so because they ratted on the bully or bullies.

With a bully, it’s almost like a line of work, and the prey is the student.  Bullying can also take place in a place of work among adults.  The adult might seem well mannered, but underneath they are really vulgar and ill-mannered, and they will pollute anyone that they can with their gibe like comments. 

the-human-being-328841Nobody has the authorisation to bully another human being because being a human being means that one is worthy of more than that. Everybody deserves to be handled with esteem, and to be stripped of that respect is a let down on the human species.  Given that we should be permitted to air our feelings about other people, but not to the detriment of another persons life, that is taboo.

 

   

JEREMY CLARKSON

Jeremy-ClarksonIt is reported that Jeremy Clarkson has been debarred for allegedly attacking a television producer, and with his catalogue of misdemeanours people are saying it’s time for Clarkson to go.

It’s been reported that Clarkson, and his family business sold golliwogs, and is reportedly really majestic of the fact, and he as well has zero consciousness as to how entirely unsavoury this could be for a great number of people.

However, it appears Jeremy Clarkson has been up to it again, and now he’s allegedly been using the “n” word.

It must be remembered that the BBC fired Carol Thatcher for naming to a tennis player offstage as a “golliwog”. So should Clarkson be sacked as well?

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People hold the right to say and think what they like, but also, there a number of people out there that really love “Top Gear”, and watch it religiously because it is actually a really good programme, and it will be missed by many if it was taken off air for good, and for those that don’t watch the programme it won’t be missed at all, and neither would Jeremy Clarkson.

In recent newspaper reports in October 2009, it demonstrates that he ribbed television bosses for being obsessed with having black Muslim lesbians on shows to balance out the number of white heterosexual men, and these remarks followed on from the Strictly Come Dancing issue over Anton Du Beke calling his partner Laila Rouass a “Paki”.

In November 2008, he made a joke about lorry drivers murdering ladies of pleasure during an instalment of Top Gear. Despite numerous ills to the BBC and Ofcom, and a telephone call from an MP for him to lose his job, he gave the usual mock apology on the following weeks show.

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He has called Minister Gordon Brown a one eyed Scottish idiot, however, only apologised about Mr Brown’s appearance, but he didn’t apologise about calling him a Scottish idiot.

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In July 2010, he made a comment about a woman in a burka wearing a red G-string while talking about unsafe driving conditions on the show. Later that month, Alastair Campbell disclosed on his web log that, in un-aired remarks, Clarkson had snubbed claims that he wasn’t very sound on gay rights by responding “Oh yes I am. I demand the right not to be bummed. ”

In August 2010, Clarkson was comparing two Ferrari’s and depicted the older one as a simpleton that should be called the 430 Speciale needs, instead of its real name 430 Speciale, which incited recoil from the National Autistic Society.

I don’t really think that Jeremy Clarkson affiliated the two categories, cars against Autistic children, and I also don’t believe that he was having a jab at handicapped children in general, it was all to do with the car, and not putting anyone down.

Clarkson can come across as being a ceremonious jackass at times, and just speaks his mind believing that most people want to hear and like what he is saying, however, that is not always the case. He doesn’t seem to point the finger at anyone specific, unless it’s Gordon Brown, which of course he shouldn’t have done, however, everybody is titled to their beliefs, just not on national television, which Clarkson clearly gets his arse beaten.

In April this year, the BBC was pressured to apologise to the Mexican ambassador after Clarkson stigmatised Mexicans, calling them lazy, feckless and flatulent in an episode of Top Gear. Ofcom received 157 complaints about the remarks on the BBC2 show, which the viewing audience sounded off, and said that they were derogatory, cruel, xenophobic, discriminatory and racist.

Once more, he has his opinions, but should at times really keep his views to himself, or perhaps he should look in the mirror more often and see that he is a balding, ugly middle age man, who really should choose a different dentist for his dental work on his gnashers…

And now this week he had made a vile comment about Asian people.

Jeremy has truly got himself into hot water this time, and some people would say that he was completely bonkers. I grant you he is a bit of a crackpot, and passably a fool because now he’s out of a job, however, he is a good host, and he can talk the hind legs off a donkey.

Should we lay him to rest, along with a very good series of Top Gear, or should we just reprimand him, and let him carry on with the show?

Unfortunately, the recent comment about Asians is in contravention of the Equality Act 2010 and lawyers have threatened to take the matter to Ofcom, and are thinking about taking legal action.

Jeremy Clarkson’s behaviour both on and off the Top Gear camera has seen him fall from one argument into the next, before he was eventually canned by the BBC last week for punching a show producer in a run-in over catering arrangements.

And it appears the former master of ceremonies is nothing if not particular about his backstage prerequisites, and what it takes for producers to keep Prima Donna Clarkson. James May and Richard Hammond gratified.

The Mariahs of middle-age, middle-England evidently demanded over 20 bottles of wine, which included Verve Cliquot. Champagne, Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, alongside his favourite Chateau Leoube rose. They also wanted 24 bottles of Peroni, Bombay Sapphire gin with necessary Gin and Tonic making material, and a fridge or cooler cabinet with at least four shelves for the green room of the called off shows, which were set to take place in Norway from 29th March.

Tables in the room, preferably occupied with green plants, must be overlaid in linen, and there must be a couch big enough to tooshie six people. One of whom is 6ft 3in and likes to lie down. It must also include a Sky TV connection, a DVD player, an iPod dock, and a Playstation 3 with two controllers and a copy of Call of Duty.

Feeding Jeremy Clarkson and his companions should include lunch and evening meals, and hot snacks, e.g. Pies, jacket potatoes, pasta and prawn cocktail, alongside jelly babies, minstrels and a cheese board. Healthy options should include chicken Caesar, Nicosia and Greek salads as well as a fruit bowl. Marmite, honey, jam, peanut butter, HP sauce and balsamic vinegar are also compulsory.

The green room must also be a stone’s throw from a McDonald’s.

This ensemble doesn’t come cheap or uninteresting with their cavernous appetites which are unquestionably obscure. Not forgetting that they move around in exotic places, isn’t it self-explanatory that they want to banquet like bizarre male monarchs, and it must be really stimulating as they maneuver their vehicles through rough terrain.

More unusual particulars on the list include a copy of Scrabble and Pictionary, a coat stand, hair wax, nice rubbish bins, and a can of Dove deodorant for men.

All three presenters have their eclectic savour and they certainly know what they want.

Jeremy is really into his rose, and very finical about getting precisely the right type of wine. He also likes to be driven around in a Range Rover during these events.

When I read through all of these things that went on behind the scenes, I abruptly got a vision of Jeremy Clarkson, and thought of Henry the VIII, whilst I began to chuckle behind my desk. I’m not sure which one is more beguiling or more unpalatable, however, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond are decidedly a little off-the-wall.

Osborne’s Brother Debarred For Two Year Liaison With Vulnerable Woman

UnknownGeorge Osborne’s brother who is a shrink is battling to save his career after it was revealed that he has been suspended as a doctor following grave allegations of wrongful conduct.

Adam Osborne, 38, who has a private practice in Central London, last week had his licence suspended by the General Medical Council after being accused of having a two year sexual affair with an extremely vulnerable woman patient who has psychiatric issues, and is married and has two children.

This news comes five years after he was then debarred by the GMC for dishonest and misleading behaviour in prescribing drugs to his cocaine addicted prostitute lover.

The latest setback signifies that he can’t practice in any capacity as a doctor until an investigation into the fresh allegations has been resolved.

This temporary removal will prove extremely awkward for the Chancellor, as it gets close to Wednesday’s all-important Budget, the final one before May’s General Election.

If the investigation results in a Fitness To Practice hearing, which is held in public, Dr Osborne could face further sensitive personal information being revealed, and if the allegations are upheld, he could be struck off.

Nevertheless, his interim suspension did not constitute an indication of a guilty conscience. However, in the aftermath of the hearing, Dr Osborne’s personal website has been taken down. Yet, his Linkedin page states that he has a special interest in adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, personality disorders, depression and anxiety.

Dr Osborne presently runs Devonport Psychiatry, which is based in Marylebone. Central London, but is officially registered to his home address in Shepherd’s Bush, West London, which he shares with his wife Rahala Noor, a plastic surgeon.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT FIBROMYALGIA

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My pain is not your pain. It’s induced by inflammation, and taking your arthritis medication won’t help me.  I can’t work my pain out or shake it off.  It’s not even a pain that stays put, because today it’s in my shoulder, but tomorrow it may be in my foot or even gone.  My pain is thought to be caused by improper signals sent to the brain, it’s not properly understood, however, it’s real.

I get exhausted, but I am not just tired, I’m frequently in a grave state of exhaustion.  I may want to take part in physical activities, but I can’t.  Please don’t take this personally, just because you saw me at the shopping centre yesterday, doesn’t mean that I can assist you with yard work today, and it isn’t because I don’t want to, it’s because I’m paying the price for straining my muscles beyond their capacity.

I am forgetful, and for those who have it, it’s called Fibro-fog.  I may not recall your name, but I do remember you.  I may not remember what I promised to do for you, even though you told me just seconds ago.  My problem has nothing to do with my age, and I do not have a selective memory.  On some days, I just don’t have any short-term memory at all.

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I’m clumsy, and if I step on your toes or run into you five times in a crowd, I’m not intentionally aiming at you, I do not have the muscle control for that.  If you are behind me on the stairs, just please be patient, these days, I take life and stairwells one step at a time.

I have sensitivities that I just can’t stand.  It could be any number of things from bright sunlight, loud or high-pitched noises, or odours.  FMS has been called the aggravating everything disorder, so don’t make me open the curtains or listen to your child screeching, I really can’t stand it.

I can’t stand the heat either, or humidity.  If I’m a man, I sweat profusely, and if I’m a lady, I perspire, both are every bit as embarrassing, so please don’t feel compelled to point this shortcoming out to me, I already know.  And don’t be surprised if I shiver uncontrollably when it’s cold, I don’t tolerate the cold either.  My internal thermostat is busted, and no one knows how to repair it.

Yes, I get depressed, and there are days when I would rather stay in bed, or in the house or die.  Severe, persistent pain can induce depression, and your sincere care and understanding can pull be back from the threshold of hell, however, your sneering comments can tilt me over the edge.  My body does not handle stress very well, that doesn’t mean that I’m slothful, however, everyday stresses make my symptoms worse, and can incapacitate me altogether.

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I may be fat or I may be skinny, either way, it’s not by choice.  My body is not your body, and my appestat is broken, and no one can tell me how to mend it.

On good days, if you see me smiling and functioning normally, don’t presume that I’m well.  I have continuing pain and fatigue, an illness with no cure.  I can have my good days or weeks or even months, but it’s the good days that are what keeps me going.

People who suffer from FMS are all unique, and are not all alike.  That means I may not have all of the problems listed above, but I do have pain above and below the waist, and on both sides of my body which has lasted for an extremely long time.  I may have migraines or hip pain or shoulder pain or knee pain, however, I don’t have exactly the same pain as everybody else.

This is based on communications with people throughout the world, males and females, who suffer with Fibromyalgia.  It doesn’t represent any one of the over 10,000,000 people with FMS, however, it can help the healthy person realise how devastating this illness can be.  Please don’t take these people and their pain lightly.  You wouldn’t want to spend even a day in their shoes, or their bodies…

More Self-Help And Less State Aid

It is said that Labour should tax the fringe benefits of pensioners, making a living wage compulsory for adults across the nation by 2018, and ensures the payment of child benefit for a second child is conditional on recipients going to parenting classes.

It appears that an equilibrated package has been contrived to get rid of badly targeted expenditure in the welfare budget, and now they want to nurture a firmer culture of self-help.

It warns that if monumental cuts were enforced, that it would place the burden of austerity measures on the shoulders of those struggling to get by, and as well levy searching doubts about the kind of society Britain is becoming, or has already become.

The British people have so far been outstandingly tolerant in the face of the austerity programme, which without quantitative easing would have immersed us even deeper into recession, however, people’s patience is now running out.

With 60 percent of cutbacks still to come, and public services starting to deteriorate quickly, with food banks springing up throughout the country, the general election really is the time to say enough is enough.

David Blunkett is now proposing that the winter fuel allowance, the Christmas bonus and the free television licence for pensioners should all be taxed.  He is also calling for pensioners who carry on working, for them to pay mandatory national insurance, and pay for prescriptions that are not for long-term conditions.

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He also proposes that anyone that applies for child benefit for a second child would be required to attend appropriate classes in parenting, money management and postnatal learning.

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Not to be too ignorant here, but why on earth would a mother of a second child possibly require classes in parenting, and postnatal learning?  I realise that there are some parents out there that don’t have appropriate parenting, but children don’t come with a manual, and most parenting is taken from trial and error.

It’s just an excuse to stop people’s money because the government knows that making claimants go to parenting classes can be really humiliating, nearly as bad as being back in kindergarten, and not only that, women have been giving birth to babies for hundreds of thousands of years, and have still handled pregnancy without postnatal learning.

The government’s aspiration is to shape an economic system in which people are willing to put in the hours of work, and fund themselves, and bring up a family without having to rely on benefits to compensate their rent.  Hence, we are promptly becoming a possession of the state, and this is an indicator of our future, and I assure you, it’s not going to be a good one.

People Out Of Work Are Being Penalised With Hunger

There has been a blistering assault on the government for using hunger as a penalty for people claiming unemployment benefit, using benefit sanctions to berate claimants who miss meetings or who neglect to look for employment is amounting to a policy of calculated destitution.

The Government is presiding over a benefits system that places a harsher punishment on people who have the misfortune to be unemployed, than those found guilty of committing a crime.

The maximum punishment for missed meetings or not looking for a job, or not having enough Universal Job matches is the removal of living expenses and housing benefit for three years, in which benefit claimants will lose £11,000, but with the greatest fine levied by the criminal justice system, it’s only £5,000.

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The use of hunger as a punishment is just unacceptable, and it’s extraordinary that our government would choose to penalise lateness to appointments or sub-optimal job seeking in such a way because there is much more fairness in the Criminal Justice System, when it fines or incarcerates criminals, at last they ensure that they meet a person’s basic needs because when a person who perpetrates an offence, ends up behind bars, is given food, clothes and water, they are the basic requirements of mankind, in whichever form it comes.

Sanctions have left some people unable to purchase food for more than a week, and it has led to shoplifting, isolation and physical and mental health troubles.  The human cost of the sanctions system is exceedingly high, with some people even taking their own lives.

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Sanctions have a ravaging effect on a claimant’s ability to look for work because those that have got a sanction dramatically shrink to enter their attention on the immediate problem of where they’re going to get their next meal, and not about looking for employment.

The Department for Work and Pensions declared that there were only a really small percentage of benefit claimants who were being sanctioned.   Nevertheless, there are large numbers who are sanctioned, and go on to face long term blocks on their benefits, and last year more than 800,000 claimants were sanctioned for a month or longer.

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Benefits are frequently withheld on bogus grounds, and food bank charities like the Trussell Trust support people who have their benefits docked for failing to go to a course, or they had really turned up to, and others had been sanctioned for going to a funeral, rather than going to a routine Jobcentre meeting.  A Jobcentre meeting can be set up for another day, however, a funeral can’t be rearranged, and there needs to be a little compassion because without empathy it becomes a really savage world that we appear to now be living in.

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It is far more probable to get someone back to work if they have a good relationship with the Jobcentre.  Once a claimant gets to the point where they believe that they can get work, that they want to work at, then the job is almost done.  They have to be given a feeling of self-worth because some of these people have been out of work for so long that they start to believe they are not employable, if they feel they are not worthy of a job, then they will believe it, and their enthusiasm to work will evaporate.  The Jobcentre needs to construct a claimant’s confidence and determination to work. The threat of a sanction is really going to block that happening, and can be really counterproductive.

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There are some people who have been sanctioned again and again, and there doesn’t seem to be a process to examine what is going on.

The Jobcentre needs to find out if that person is really working, so consequently they don’t really care if they get sanctioned.  Perhaps that person might have a mental health condition, or that they are living a really disorderly life, and if they are being sanctioned repeatedly, then understandably something is wrong, and it needs to be looked into straightaway.  There could be mitigating circumstances that are beyond the claimant’s control because we all have different things going on in our lives, particularly when we have children to take care of.

We are not robots, and we do not function on automation, and people cannot be available at the drop of a hat because some have to obtain childcare, and not only find it, but salary it as well.  Some people will not even profit from working, and that is the sort of financial impediment people find everyday because going to work should be an asset above and across the scale.

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Younger claimants are put into really humble jobs with really low pay.  On a minimum wage, a person of 21 years and over is, probably, before Tax and National Insurance contributions are even taken out, they will likely get £227.50 a week, after Tax and National Insurance, it will be a lot less.

By the time they have paid out for rent, sewage, water, gas, electric, and extra costs such as bedroom tax, they are left with barely anything for food.  And it appears that there is not enough money to even buy luxuries, which a person should have. Taking into account, they have been working their backside off all week just to make ends meet.

The minimum wage for a person of 16 to 17 years old will be £3.79 an hour.  That’s a £132.65 a week, less tax and National Insurance.  Not much is it?  And Apprentices get even less than that.  Admittedly, most of these teenagers will still be living at home, but there is a majority of teenagers in this age bracket that don’t have that luxury for some reason or another, and most live alone in affordable housing given to them by their local council or housing association.

I’ll grant you that £132.65 is more than they would get on benefit, but of course on benefit they would not have to worry about paying their rent or council tax.  And of course, there are other bills that have to be paid for, and of course food.

In another incident Esther McVey, the Employment Minister, was given a picture of David Clapson, the man was found dead in his flat from diabetic ketoacidosis, two weeks after his benefits were suspended.

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A diabetic can’t wait two weeks, which is the amount of time David Clapson, who had been sanctioned had to wait to receive a hardship payment.

When David Clapson’s body was found in July 2013 by his sister, his electricity had been cut off, meaning the fridge where he stored his insulin was no longer operative.

No one should die like that in this country, alone, hungry and penniless.  The government, and the Jobcentre should know that sanctioning people with diabetes is life-threatening, and the system is processing everybody as a statistic, and everyone is just a number.

Esther McVey declined to comment on single instances, but stated that none of the reviews had established a connection between benefit sanctioning, and the death of a claimant.  That’s a cover up, and it disparages everything our society stands for, because it’s as clear as day, that if a claimant that is a type 1 diabetic is sanctioned, and has no money, and can’t pay for their electric because the Jobcentre has stopped their money, then of course, their insulin will have spoiled, which signifies that the claimant cannot take their insulin, and will finally go into a comatose state and die.

Esther McVey is allegedly off her trolley, and has no clarity into what goes on in the world around her, and I’m certain that if it were one of her family members that was in the same position, there would be no sanctioning for them, or would there?

Esther was in the opinion that this incident had been stirred up, and that all procedures had been pursued correctly, well clearly not in this case, otherwise David Clapson would still be very much alive.