Originally posted by contraband
The only thing I dislike about Social Security is that there is alot of people on it that shouldn't be. For example, I know of at least half a dozen
people that is drawing a monthly check for disability when there is no reason they can't work. Here, almost anyone with a willing doctor who takes
it to court about 2 times can get on it.
So you think maybe we should stop picking on the 'unemployed' and demonise those on 'disability' instead?
Well I have a terrible confession to make. Muckster might be a 'parasite' living on unemployment benefit, but I'm one of the real pariahs who has
been on Incapacity Benefit
for the last 5 years. And as everybody knows, the IB racket is just a scam, a lifestyle choice made by those of us
who are too idle to work and in cahoots with our corrupt doctors. I keep reading about that in all the newspapers, so it must be true.
As if being an IB scrounger isn't bad enough, I have the audacity to do so on the grounds of mental health issues, acute anxiety and severe
depression, and we all know that's just an excuse for bone idlesness don't we? Our politicians certainly do as they're specifically targetting IB
claimants who are depression cases. I know, I know, I should just pull myself together and get a job.
Every few months I get paperwork to fill out about my claim, a 30-40 page bookful, and then an appointment to see the govenment-appointed doctor
for a thorough checking out. I don't know how the hell these people I read about manage to fiddle the system, all I know is that I have to justify my
case repeatedly and regularly, to independant doctors. My own GP and psychiatrists aren't involved, so even if they were 'willing' it wouldn't
Actually I had a great job until I lost it following my 'breakdown'. I'm 58 now and I've worked almost every year of my life. I was in my last
post for 12 years, as a Senior lab technician in education, running a suite of 10 labs and 3 other technicians.
I won't describe my 'lost' year at rock bottom when the depression was in full sway, but after another year of medication, daily therapy and
counselling I began to rebuild my life.
Became a volunteer classroom assistant at my local primary school and then later took on a paid role there as dining room assistant (I'm allowed to
earn £20 a week without it jeopardising my benefits of £80 a week + rent). Just an hour a day but to be honest it's as much as I can manage. I get
exhausted and short of breath very easily and found out why a couple of years ago, when I was diagnosed with blood circulation and pulmonary disease
Last Friday morning I couldn't make it into work as I'd woken up at 4am fighting for breath, my inhalers weren't helping and by 9am I had to
concede defeat and ring in sick. Felt guilty about it, thanks to the 'benefit scrounger' label I feel I wear. Monday morning I thought I'd be OKish
and set out, but collapsed outside a neighbours. Ambulanced off to hospital it turned out I'd had a collapsed lung since Thursday night. Back home
now but worrying I might not be able to return to work again when term starts in September.
So please don't believe everything you read about scroungers on disability.
's observation -
Benefit fraud costs the UK 1 billion a year compared to tax evaision which costs the country 15 billion a year, but how often do we hear about
To the OP and others who are fit and looking for work - hang in there, it won't be forever. As George Harrison sang "All Things Must Pass"
To those of you in good health - cherish it.
To those of you in work - count yourselves fortunate and please don't despise the rest of us.