Why cant you fucking leave us alone Mr Cameron

OK firstly I’d like to say Thank You to the readers and followers of my blog you all mean so much to me as this blog is a means of escape from the dreadful times many many of us are living under and I fill the pressure of how you all feel on a daily basis which gets harder as each day passess but I carry on fighting in the hope one day our lives will get better and we can all raise a glass to Camerons passing and look forward in the hope the next government will treat us all as equals. I have had the pleassure to meet many citizens both in my time on social networks and in direct action so Thank You all you give me the will not to give up and throw in the towel.

Now I am going to lay bare here the effects this Government is having on me and my family members who live with me, I do not want sympathy as I have no doubts at all that what I say is duplicated across the nation and indeed I am just one small pawn of a much bigger picture.

Everything I say here is my words and is fact in truth as unlike Camerons Government I do not lie and have principals, compassion and empathy to my fellow citizens. I am the sory of guy who if I had a pound in my pocket and saw someone with greater need than myself I would gladly give it away that is how I was brought up.

I live in a 4 bedroomed property in Havant that was once the biggest council housing estate in Europe but now many have been brought privately including mine I brought this house back in 1986 just after getting married because at the time my wife and her mum were living here alone with 2 spare bedrooms and thus the council were trying to move them on but her mum who had just lost her husband did not want to move so I said OK we will jointly but it using your 60% discount and you can carry on living here rent free as I will pay the mortgage.

So this is what we did and I paid £13,560 for it not knowing what the future would hold and had I have known what I do now with the limited housing stock I probably would not have brought it, I was told that the money raised from house sales would be reinvested in new housing to meet the needs in the future clearly that has not happened.

During my time as a homeowner I have never claimed mortgage interest support despite having periods of unemployment and now disabled why? because unlike many of our wonderful MP’s I have morals and thus doing that goes against my ethos to buy this house was our decision not the taxpayers and thus the thought of me paying for it ourselves appeals a lot and can hold my head high that we alone brought and paid for it.

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This house I brought was in much need of refurbisment as it lacked a decent kitchen, bathroom had no central heating or double glazing so I mortgaged for £50,000 to get all this much needed repairs done and decorated throughout.

I am lucky in that we are not in negative equity like many are but we are now at a situation that we could not sustain any mortgage increases so if the interest rate goes up we are buggered due to the cuts we are having to take indeed this government has left us no room to move.

My wife bless her she deserves a medel not only does she care for me due to SAH Stroke she cares for her now elderly mum plus works part-time at the local co-op she works her cotton socks off and is shattered at the end of the day. Our mum needs a lot of care and I take care of her driving needs when she needs to see the GP, visit hospital or needs prescriptions collected and keep check on her in the evenings but most of her care is needed during the day when my wife is home.

My wife thinks of nothing else but the care of us and the DWP simply do not understand how could they unless they have lived it.

My wife had the shock of her life a while ago when she had a bill from the DWP to repay over 16k of carers allowance this is going back over 10years as they said she went over her hours that she was permitted to work, as payslips were not available this was worked out on NI credits, how excuse me but why did you leave it so long 10 bloody years and furthermore my wife has always had a lot on her mind and checking if she was going over her hours was the last thing on her mind rightly she thought what she was doing was more important.

If we put our mum in residencial care it would have cost the state at least 30k a year and they are making her pay this back all for going over a maximum of a couple of quid a week DWP really you are the scum of this earth.

The Earnings limit has long known to be a farce and goes against Camerons ideal and policies as much as my wife would love to do extra hours she cant due to your crazy policies, My wife got a bonus this year as she does every year in recognition of her hard work but do you know they even stopped her carers allowance because of this, that is akin to giving her a punch in the gob for her efforts blimey no wonder the nation is in the mess it is.

We will never give our mum over to residencial care because we take pride in looking after her and see it as our duty and where she will be best looked after.

We have two sons both still live her, one has just left music collage and is embarking on his career in music he has his own band her https://twitter.com/cagedspectrum

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My other son lives in one room with his girlfriend and there 10 month old son, yes I am proud to be a granddad and get to see him loads although it will be nice when they can get there own place as this house is now getting a bit overcrowded but for the moment I am loving it as we are close and live as a family unit of 4 generations. My older son he did 3 years in college doing computer studies and then was doing a fake Apprenticeship which was nothing of the sort and learnt nothing useful so is now a self employed computer technician.

As for me I worked for 15 years post SAH Stroke until September 2007 but was then made redundant due to the global financial crash my employer could not get anymore loans to upgrade his truck stock so was forced to close I tried real hard to get another job but no one wanted a 47 yr old Stroke Survivor one emplyer even told me this to my face do I blame him no of course not I would think the same if I was in his shoes after all he had the pick of the best able bodied people.

We are stuggling to maintain our heads above water due to the ever increasing price rises, funny old austerity as it does not affect retail or the services they carry on thinking we have a bottomless pit of money, when I left work in 2007 I was hounded by my creditors for the few debts I had and then the DCA’s who are the scum of this earth and made my life living hell with the endless phone calls and letters it was a time when I came close to ending it but I was helped by a very good debt help forum and I got my life back on track with there help and support, that forum I owe a lot too it can be found here:

http://forums.all-about-debt.co.uk/index.php

When I had my SAH Stroke and the period I was working I never claimed a penny in disability benefits this was because I thought there was someone more in need than me after all I was working and wrongly thought when the need came the government would look after me how wrong was I because now I do have a need I find myself fighting tooth and nail for every bit of entitlement but hell my Stroke did not take away my fighting spirit so bring it on Mr Cameron if you think you are big enough because I am not one for giving up and your draconian policies has made me more aware.

NO LONGER SHALL I BE BAILING OUT THIS COALITION

One family man’s truthful story on how these Governmental policies and cuts are affecting his family.

Mr Cameron,

Since May 2010 when your coalition party came to office I have sat here and took great interest in how your coalition governments policies would have a devastating effect on our nations citizens indeed I have blogged and tweeted much about it and tried to do what I can to help my fellow citizens after all it was you that said “BIG SOCIETY” in a keynote speech.

big broken societyWe are helping people to come together to improve their own lives.The Big Society is about putting more power in people’s hands – a massive transfer of power from Whitehall to local communities. We want to see people encouraged and enabled to play a more active role in society.

I think it is safe to say and many would agree, rather than bringing citizens together you are literally driving them away with your defunct bedroom tax policies and if not driving them away you are killing them. Do you call cutting surestart centres and many other great community facilities a part of the great Big Society plan? because I certainly don’t because surestart centres are not just a place of caring for children they are also a place where parents talk and get to know each other and thus are community building.

I am not subject to bedroom tax because I own my own home via a mortgage, however that does not mean I am excluded from your draconian cuts far from it and if the truth is known I now feel a bit guilty for owning my own home why? because I was one that brought a council house under the Thatcher years and believed that the money would be invested in new council housing which it was not even now that is not happening how it should be.

However come October when my Contribution ESA runs out I may have to sell up due to not being able to meet the payments any longer you see I have morality and never claimed mortgage interest relief like many of you MP’s have because I am off the opinion right or wrong that it was my choice to buy it and thus see no reason why the Government should help in paying for it and when it is paid for I can feel safe in the knowledge that it is truly mine.

Never in my time have I seen a political party that is so out of touch with reality and has no morality, indeed right now I am very disillusioned and scared of what the future holds for me and my family because gone are the time when a family could plan ahead into the future and be safe in the knowledge that they were respected at work and could have a long and fruitful career.

I live in my 4 bedroomed home with 6 others and it is overcrowded with my eldest son his partner and their 8 month old son in one room, our elderly mum in another room my youngest son in another plus me and my wife in the other that is four generations in one house but don’t get me wrong because I love it but it should not be that way because my eldest son his partner and baby should be in there own property but cannot afford too because the council will not house them as they are under 25 yrs old and private rents are sky high so they have to live here until the council is prepared to house them.

Our mother is ill and disabled she lives here in a room that is too small for her indeed her doctor and health visitor has told her this but she cannot move back into the bigger room she had because my son partner and baby are in there.

She does not want to go into a care home because she loves being with us and after all all her memories are here in this house she once shared with her husband indeed this is the reality you MP’s do not see or understand.

We would not move her out anyway because we love her and it is our duty to look after her until her dying days so clap your hands Mr Cameron because yet again you have saved a fortune in care home fees and not only that the pittance of carers allowance my wife got for all these years you want back yes my wife is being threatened by you bully boys to pay back over 10 years worth of carers allowance coming to over 16k , my you must be a proud man without an ounce of morality I may add.

I should be right now having a rest due to fatigued caused by my SAH Stroke to give my overworked brain a rest but the fact is I cannot because I have so much I want to say, that is an impossible task.

So not only has my wife cared for her mother she has also cared for me, due to having a life threatening SAH Stroke at just 27 years old through no fault of my own and had to have a deep invasive craniotomy followed by 2 months of induced coma, my surgeon gave me the choice of have the operation or die can you imagine that Mr Cameron blimey what a choice to be given and if I knew then what I know now I would probably have given up.

However I did not and am testament to the good life that can be had following an SAH Stroke  but boy you and your Government have not made it any easier in your time in office because between April 1990 and September 2008 I never claimed a penny in government help and went back to work full time, yes I know I was entitled to DLA but again I had morals and rightly or wrongly thought there was citizens more in need of it than me besides I was working on a good wage at the time so could live without it however that changed when I was made redundant in 2008 due to the financial meltdown.

Do you remember saying ” No one should claim benefits unless they had a real need” well that was me long before you said that comment and thus thought when the time came the government would look after me, after all I have bailed the government out all these years and saved them thousands of pounds how wrong was I indeed they have not an ounce of decency or morality and is where this government is so fucked up.

Mr Cameron I am really tired of your party politics which serves no useful purpose at all, you constantly blame The Labour Party for all the ills in government and yes whilst they may not be perfect tell me a party that is in the 21st century, but at least they did more to raise the living standards of many and thus bring them out of poverty than your coalition will ever do and that Mr Cameron is worth it at any cost and should be praised.

You said after the local elections that your party had to do more to win back the vote of the electorate due to losing many seats well you can start by bringing back some dignity to peoples lives by scraping the bedroom tax, stop treating the ill and disabled with such disdain and scrap the ATOS Contract in totality because it is an absolute disgrace.

Capitalism is a fine thing when it is working right with the right balance after all that is what brings a vibrant society and growth that this country so desperately needs but that fact it is not working in the right balance and citizens are suffering gravely.

It is time to weigh up other nations policy and ask ourselves is it good for us not go ahead and follow them knowing full well it will never work for us. We should be using other nations policy as a yardstick for us only and research it more, look at the NHS a prime example that appears to be following the american model to prop up the insurance industry, it is not working there as many are excluded from healthcare due to not being able to afford the insurance cost so what makes you think it will work here? because it will put more profits in the hands of MP’s with an interest in the healthcare market?

There are many many more examples of where our government is going wrong but I would need a bundle of A4 to write it all, but you can see where you have got it all wrong and thus will need more than the 2 years you have left in office to put it all right.

You have created a society of doom and gloom and no hope and thus will never create any sizable growth as that takes more than money alone, it takes citizens of all walks of life as well and all you have done is demonize them and lost their trust.

So Mr Cameron it is goodbye from me and goodbye from him because I have done enough to bail you out of this mess you have caused.

 

The Mental Health Act Should Only Be Used as a Last Resort and With Extreme Care

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It is very rare that society believes the state should intervene against someone’s will to restrict their rights to liberty and choice for the good of their health. We don’t go to such extremes to stop people smoking or binge-drinking or participating in dangerous sports. But if someone has a serious mental health problem or lacks mental capacity to make decisions for themselves, we accept that the state should step in.

In the case of a serious mental health problem, the law is designed to balance the rights of the individual with the need to protect them from harming themselves or others. Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, ‘patients’, families and politicians all agree on one thing – being detained under a section of the Mental Health Act is a last resort and it’s a power that should be used carefully.

Ask anyone who’s ever been ‘sectioned’ and you’ll understand why. It’s a painful, humiliating and dehumanising process. It usually involves an ambulance, the police, doctors and social workers and sometimes it involves officers in riot gear, physical restraint and a brush with the law. It is often experienced by people as violent and criminalising. It can destroy family relationships and set back prospects of recovery by years. Many people I’ve spoken to about their experiences tell me it was the worst day of their life.

For these reasons, we should all be concerned by the latest report by the Care Quality Commission. As part of its crucial role as the health regulator, it tells Parliament and the public how this powerful law is being applied. Today’s report makes for worrying reading.

Use of the Act is up, with many more people now being detained under section. Use of the new Community Treatment Orders, which enable people to be compulsorily treated outside of hospital, now far exceeds original government projections. In some parts of the country, you can only get a hospital bed if you are under section. Access to advocacy – a crucial safeguard to help people express their wishes when detained against their will – is patchy. Use of physical restraint is up. And the numbers of those detained from certain black and minority ethnic communities remains unacceptably high.

So why is this happening? There’s an easy conclusion to draw, especially when we know that services are overstretched – spend less money on mental health care and more people will be detained. If people can’t get help early on, their needs are likely to spiral into a crisis. The last resort becomes the first resort in a cash-strapped system where prevention and early intervention are scarce. Add to that the general rise in demand for mental health services and the challenge is clear to see.

But it doesn’t have to be a disaster. The CQC is for the first time reporting good practice, in places like Lancashire and East London, proving that services can work well. Mind’s crisis care inquiry, Listening to Experience, found examples of excellent practice, with staff treating patients with dignity and respect. Early intervention and crisis teams both have a vital role to play here – if help is available at the right time, sectioning can revert to its rightful place as a last resort.

Mental health is, slowly but surely, working its way up the agenda and into the public consciousness. There’s a good government-led, cross-departmental mental health strategy led by a committed Minister, Norman Lamb, and the new NHS Mandate has set an ambitious target for mental health over the next few years – to achieve equity or a ‘parity of esteem’ with physical health care. The way in which the numbers of people being treated under the Act change will be a powerful litmus test of this.

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50 Common Cognitive Distortions

A giant list of ubiquitous cognitive distortions.
Published on January 17, 2013 by Alice Boyes, Ph.D. in In Practice
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Becoming mindful of these common cognitive distortions will help you understand yourself and other people better, and improve your decision making.
1. Personalizing.Taking something personally that may not be personal. Seeing events as consequences of your actions when there are other possibilities. For example, believing someone’s brusque tone must be because they’re irritated with you. (Tips for not personalizing.)2. MindreadingGuessing what someone else is thinking, when they may not be thinking that.

3. Negative predictions.

Overestimating the likelihood that an action will have a negative outcome.

4. Underestimating coping ability.

Underestimating your ability cope with negative events.

5. Catastrophizing.

Thinking of unpleasant events as catastrophes.

6. Biased attention toward signs of social rejection, and lack of attention to signs of social acceptance.

For example, during social interactions, paying attention to someone yawning but not paying the same degree of attention to other cues that suggest they are interested in what you’re saying (such as them leaning in).

7. Negatively biased recall of social encounters.

Remembering negatives from a social situation and not remembering positives. For example, remembering losing your place for a few seconds while giving a talk but not remembering the huge clap you got at the end.

8. Thinking an absence of effusiveness means something is wrong.

Believing an absence of a smiley-face in an email means someone is mad at you. Or, interpreting “You did a good job” as negative if you were expecting “You did a great job.”

9. Unrelenting standards.

The belief that achieving unrelentingly high standards is necessary to avoid a catastrophe. For example, the belief that making any mistakes will lead to your colleagues thinking you’re useless.

10. Entitlement beliefs.

Believing the same rules that apply to others should not apply to you. For example, believing you shouldn’t need to do an internship even if that is the normal path to employment in your industry.

11. Justification and moral licensing.

For example, I’ve made progress toward my goal and therefore it’s ok if I act in a way that is inconsistent with it.

12. Belief in a just world.

For example, believing that poor people must deserve to be poor.

13. Seeing a situation only from your own perspective.

For example, failing to look at a topic of relationship tension from your partner’s perspective.

More:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-practice/201301/50-common-cognitive-distortions

My Letter to my MP regarding WCA Debate

Dear David Willetts,

The Work Capability Assessment(WCA)Debate on the 17th January 2013.

Dear Mr Willetts,

I write to you today with urgent matters regarding the WCA not only for myself but disabled society in general.

I watched this debate in full and quite frankly I was not shocked at what I was hearing regarding ATOS because there draconian behaviour has been ongoing for a few years now and despite the Harrington Report have seen no real change on the ground.

I was disappointed that you was not at such an important debate however I will not single you out because indeed attendance was poor by many specially from those who should be there like Esther McVey MP Minister for the Disabled do I need to remind her that she is our representative and far from working in Parliament for us she is working against us a fine minister indeed so shameful.

I hope that you will pass on our disgust to her and give me the assurance that she will at least read that debate in full.

During that debate although Conservatives and Liberal Democrats were putting across harrowing instances of failure by ATOS I still could notice the party allegiance coming across the house. May I point out that when dealing with such tragic matters there is no room for party allegiance and this must STOP all of you no matter what party you belong to must work together as one we do not care who started ESA and the WCA as Mark Hoban MP was quick to point out.

Whilst yes Labour started the WCA it was the Conservarives and Liberal Democrats that made it a lot worse under the guise of Welfare Reform so please stop the blame game as it makes you all look like fools and the nations citizens really do not care indeed many are waking up to this farce and all they want to see is change for the better and a WCA that is fair indeed I hope we get that with the Judicial Review that has just finished. Time will tell

Right now I ask you to make the WCA a top priority and that you to read the debate in full because if not you will have blood on your hands.

The WCA is an utter disgrace and should be scraped in full whilst protecting those already in the support group that is the only logical course of action nothing else will suffice.

It does boggle me how we can follow the USA on such matters knowing full well the disgrace it has caused over there leading to many court cases involving UNUM should we not be learning from their mistakes and grave errors?

I now to turn to my own case which I insist you help me with and prove that you are my representing MP in parliament.

As you know I had a very serious SAH Stroke which left me with many mental and physical disabilities including executive dysfunction which is getting worse not better as time progresses it has also left me in a lot of pain due to severe spasticity in my right hand, arm, shoulder, hip, leg, ankle and foot.

On top of this last year I was diagnosed with Keratinizing squamous metaplasia of the bladder leading to incontinence and thus had to get a disability radar key due to the poor toileting in the Havant area.

All this I made known on the ESA Form when migrating from IB please tell me then why I was put straight in the WRAG Group without an assessment because despite how much I despise these assessments I should have been given the opportunity to have an assessment with a mental health champion at Portsmouth Assessment centre I should also have been given the opportunity to have a home assessment indeed my rights have been denied.

I was unable to appeal simply because 30 days was not enough time to return the documents indeed you know about this difficulty as I raised it with you when my ESA Form was late back and thus receiving a non entitlement letter from DWP.

I worked for 17 yrs post stroke indeed as long as I could due to the pain and joint degeneration so tell me why is the Government not looking after me after all far from being a scrounger I worked full time during difficult times for me and my family and never claimed a penny in help indeed self supporting.

The nature of my issues with ATOS, DWP, and Government relating to my health is truly disgusting and I now call on your help because it is all becoming too stressful.

Please I would like a meeting at your surgery in Havant the debate brought me to tears please do not let my own issues do the same.

Yours sincerely,

My letter to the Daily Mirror

Dear Daily Mirror,

I write to you today with regards to the grossly unfair Work Capability Assessment (WCA) undertaken by ATOS Healthcare on behalf of the Secretary of State for Works and Pensions (DWP), as you may well know their is a Judicial Review of the WCA bring brought by the Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN) on behalf of two anonymous mental health claimants I am told that it will be covered by press and media but I hope this is the case for you given your good coverage of this matter.

The result of this Judicial Review will have an impact of my own claim for the following reasons:

In April of 1990 I had an SAH Stroke it was so bad only surgery to clip the bleed would work and thus I had a deep invasive craniotomy to clip the bleed from the middle cerebral artery this resulted in causing a stroke and 2 mths of induced coma to aid healing indeed this is testament to our great NHS that our Government is intent of destroying.

At this point I was left disabled with right sided spasticity through no fault of my own I may add as I was born with this weak blood vessel indeed a ticking timebomb waiting to happen and thus my life from that point was going to be a hard uphill struggle because back then post stroke care was very limited indeed since then stroke care had improved greatly until the con/dems took office and we are now seeing services cut and thus a return to days of old.

Now I do not regret this tragic event that happened in my life in fact I am thankful because it has made me open my eyes and see things our politicians do not and so I find myself having Humanity, Compassion and more of an Understanding than those born with a silver spoon in their mouths.

Now I did and still do have morals and did not want to be a stay at home shirker with my curtains closed as Ian Duncan Smith puts it but wanted to get myself fit as can be so I could return to work after all I was only 27 then this I managed to archive 18 months later and it is where I stayed until 2007.

During this time although I had an entitlement to Disability Living Allowance, but I never claimed a penny why should I after all I had morals and thus because I was earning a good wage I did not need the extra money and rightly or wrongly thought their was others in more need than me.

However because I did my part for the Government in saving them cost and paying my taxes and national insurance I did claim in September 2007 on getting made redundant due to the financial bubble that was the real reason for this mess we are in now, although what I got was not a fair refection of my disabilities, but was happy I got the middle rate of the care component which helped along with the incapacity benefit so did not add cost by appealing this decision.

Now roll forward to the middle of 2012 and I found my self having to gather evidence and filling forms to claim ESA despite the DWP already having this information due to my DLA Claim indeed my mental and physical disability’s will not get any better not after living with it for almost 23 years.

I wrongly thought I would be put in the support group given my issues with working memory, executive functioning and motivation which is all clinical due to damaged frontal and temporal lobes and not laziness but no I was put in the wrag group without even an assessment so they only had documentary evidence to go on and as I am not all that good at putting things across on paper I found my self in a battle again.

My ESA form was back late due to my health conditions and I was first refused ESA and had to get my MP involved to reinstate my claim but again I was late on my appeal for the same reason and thus stuck in the wrong wrag group until the end of this year when my claim will end, 30 days is clearly not enough time for citizens like me and as the judge will draw on at the JR really they should gather the evidence themselves.

I am still not a scrounger as they put it because although I cannot get full time work due to the current economic climate and my disabilities I work voluntary in the community and about to take a role with the Stroke Association plus also caring for our disabled elderly mum at home who is 89 years old.

I hope you can print some or all of this in your paper because reality needs to be told, indeed for we have done and do we deserve a medal and certainly not the daily attacks we have dished on us.

Kindest Regards

Leon Carter

About the Judicial Review of the Work Capability Assessment

Via The Mental Health Resistance Network.

On 15 and 16 January 2013, the Upper Tribunal is due to hear a claim for judicial review brought by two disabled people supported by the Mental Health Resistance Network. They are arguing that the Work Capability Assessment discriminates against people with impaired mental, cognitive and intellectual functions (called “people with mental health disabilities” for short), and that the DWP should make adjustments to the Work Capability Assessment process to minimise the disadvantages that people with mental health disabilities face in being assessed for ESA.

The reason that the ESA process discriminates against people with mental health disabilities is that the process requires ESA applicants to self-report how their ability to work is affected by their disability. While this is challenging enough for many people with physical disabilities, it can be a distressing, and sometimes an impossible task for many people with mental health disabilities. This is because some people with mental health disabilities do not always have insight into their condition, and others may find it difficult to articulate the effect of their disability on their fitness to work for reasons of shame or otherwise. Furthermore some mental health disabilities are complex, fluctuating, and often hidden, and these are by their very nature difficult for Atos Health Care Professionals (who are often not doctors and in general have no expertise in mental health) to properly assess at a short face-to-face assessment. In addition, people with mental health disabilities are often particularly vulnerable to the stresses of the assessment process itself, and often cannot cope with marshalling medical evidence explaining their condition. This means that they face substantial disadvantage as a result of the way in which ESA claims are processed.

What the claimants hope to achieve by bringing the case is to force the DWP to change their procedure for obtaining of medical evidence in ESA claims by people with mental health disabilities. The DWP’s current approach is only to seek further medical evidence in very limited circumstances. However the claimants’ case is that such evidence should be requested by the DWP in each case where an ESA claimant’s disability relates to their mental rather than their physical health.

So the claimants will be asking the Upper Tribunal to order that the DWP always seek further medical evidence in the case of a person with a mental health disability, by approaching a nominated health care professional or by inviting an ESA claimant to nominate one; and that this must be done before the claimant is required to complete an ESA50 and face-to-face assessment. The idea behind seeking further medical evidence at the beginning of the claim is so that it can be used to inform the DWP (a) whether to require an ESA50 or a face-to-face assessment (b) whether there is a risk of substantial harm to the claimant’s mental health, if they were found fit for work or work related activity; and (c) whether the claimant should be found eligible for ESA.

The Upper Tribunal’s decision is not expected to be given until after the case has ended.

The case is a compromise as far as many people are concerned – we would like to have brought a more fundamental challenge to the Work Capability Assessment, but this is all the lawyers thought we could realistically achieve – we have managed to get to a trial, even though the Government has tried to get the case thrown out and has fought it every step of the way.

Even if we don’t get everything we want from the case, we hope that it might make things a little better for some of our friends and relatives and neighbours who are presently suffering with this unfair and inhumane procedure.

Whatever the outcome of this judicial review, we will continue to campaign against what we all know to be a sham of an assessment.

A vigil will be held outside the Royal Courts of Justice near to the Upper Tribunal Courts on Wednesday 16th January at 12 noon by the Mental Health Resistance Network, supported by DPAC and other mental health and disability campaigning organisations. We have invited various political figures who have an interest in mental health issues and concerns for people who are living with mental health problems to speak at the vigil. People living with mental health problems will be asked to speak about their personal experiences of the WCA process.