The abuses of work programme providers have been blogged many times before but I am sure many of you agree all abuses must be blogged time and time again until these providers leave those in the ESA Support Group alone and more so if they have a degenerative condition that has a terminal prognosis.
So with the above in mined I turn to one lady from Bristol who has terminal cancer at just 37 years old and has a life expectancy of 0 – 3 years so it is sad indeed that she can expect just half her life lived, she says in her facebook message that she has come to terms with what will happen (very brave indeed) but the short life left would be much better if she was not harassed by work programme provider Prospects Group @ProspectsGroup and I for one agree.
It is hard enough having to deal with a bombshell that has hit her and the health conditions that terminal illness throws at her without having the wrath of DWP and Work Providers at beck and call too.
She needs her family around her and her life filled with happiness and memories not some Govt and Work Provider totally devoid of any compassion and empathy.
I have terminal cancer, my prognosis is 0-3 years and I was diagnosed in March 2014 with my brain stem glioma. In April 2014 I was placed in the support group for 3 years and I have gone from being able-bodied to hopelessly disabled. I have many neurological deficits including diploplia, dyspraxia, dysarthria and dysphagia. To save you googling, this means that I have double vision and am going blind, I’m very clumsy and most days I drop everything I pick up, my speech is failing and one day I won’t be able to communicate verbally at all and I have such difficulty swallowing that I now have a feeding tube. I cannot leave the house alone and I’m at risk of choking and need 24 hour care. They speak of me going into residential care, but they hope to keep me in my own home for as long as possible. The trouble is degenerative, nothing will get better, only worse, the cancer can’t be cured. I’m 37.
Now. I can deal with all that. I’m alive! And I can still do stuff!! What I cannot deal with is that I am on the work programme!!! I received this letter today (too late to ring the WP) demanding I come to an appointment with the Work Programme on Tuesday or they’ll stop my benefits. HOW SICK DOES A PERSON HAVE TO BE BEFORE THE HARRASSMENT STOPS??
The letter is a bit ominous in nature and she did not realise until pointed out to her it was a telephone appointment letter and thought she had to go to the Bristol Office.
This treatment has to end it is not what this nation wants and is a further clear sign of Iain Duncan Smith’s broken Welfare Reforms as it is attacking the wrong citizens.
If you too agree that this is disgraceful you can add your name to the letter I have written to Ed Miliband in the hope of bringing about positive change in the next Government:
Despite our efforts to stop the harassment of this terminally ill lady it was not to be and that terminal illness has come to bear as she has sadly passed away, in my dealings with her in trying to get this letter petition together I found her to be a fighter to the end and very brave in the face of adversity.
She with the help of her family has left a message below with a link to her donation page:
“Dear Friendlings Don’t be spooked now, my cousin Chris, sisters Lis and Lucie, brother Jago and my Mum are writing this for me because I had to leave you all last week as you know. Sorry to go missing from here too for a while. My family have had a few things to do and wanted to get things right for me before informing you all of what’s happening.
My bash will be on Monday 16th March at 1.30 at Mendip Crematorium near Wells. You can google it to get directions because it’s not easy to find being up by the Glasto festival site and all.
Now I don’t want you spending your hard earned cash on flowers because I’ll have plenty of those from my family. If you want to bring me a rose and write me a message there will be a time and place for you to give those to me and I think I’d really like that. Nothing too ostentatious mind. You know I don’t do that stuff.
Cousin Chris has been getting a collection going for my charity of Caring in Bristol. If you want to donate and leave a message for me just go to justgiving.com/Lotte-Ryan and all will be revealed.
Share lots of happy memories and thoughts of me on this page, no arguing with anyone now or doing any naughty stuff. I’ve been hearing things (tut) and don’t forget to download any photies you may want to keep.
I love you all dear friendlings. My diary of a Mong is over. My journey is ended and I am at peace. Lottekins”
I am beside myself at the moment because the treatment she was handed under Camerons Govt was totally unjust and unfair when she should have been left in peace to spend her last days with her family and loved ones.
The only good thing now is the harassment she received from DWP and the work provider has now come to an end.
Rest in Peace Lottie