What’s it like to be on benefits?

I wrote in this posting about a friend of mine who is seeking the Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) and has been refused it (he has appealed). He has drawn my attention to this posting by a specialist benefits adviser working for the Citizens Advice Bureaux which gives a different perspective from the line in the Right-wing press that ‘most benefits applicants are scroungers’.

Incidentally the economic recession has dramatically increased the case load of the CAB and yet both nationally and locally government has cut their funding as part of its determination to eliminate the budget deficit by the end of this Parliament regardless of the impact on the economy and on vulnerable citizens.


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