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    Arbitrary decisions on Groups

    Hi there - is anybody else as fed up as I am about the indiscriminate and arbitrary actions of pen-pushers at the DWP, who many of whom have not met me or indeed any other disabled person - to place them in Work placement groups (WRP) or work related support groups (WRAG) which could affect a disbled person's longer term benefit options. Due to an accident I now find myself disabled and dependant upon meager benefits and struggling to survive and reliant upon my wife to pay for my existance. I think this is entirely wrong as I am an individual in my own right and' as much as I wish to work am unable to do so because of the dependence on prescribed medication which prevents me from doing my job. I worked in child protection for 15 yrs and 10 years in working with elderly and disabled people. Now I find myself in the same boat and am appaulled by the reaction of Govt and Benefits agency to my condition. I feel isolated and detached from the rest of society - I seem to no longer exist as the person (and specialist) I was. Does anybody else feel the same?. I am new to this forum but know that there are disabled people worse of than me - at least I still have my brain intact although it is somewhat limited! I would love to hear from others who feel the same as I do and are as equally - or perhaps more - disallutioned with the efforts the Govt has made to recognise that diasabled people have a voice and should be heard.

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    Welcome to the real world of disabled persons, over the years I have spoken to many departments of government and most if not all haven't got a clue on what a disabled person feels like as they have never been there and what they know they have read out of a book and the people that write the books, OK you’re guess it are not disabled.
    So it goes round and round, only the other day while talking to my incontinent adviser said “these nappies are so much better than the ones your wearing” I asked her how do you know “it said so on this leaflet from the company” yeah right.
    There are so many good people on this forum that live in the real world and with very good advise so if you have a problem just let them know.

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    Well Richard said it. Many of us feel we are treated badly by society, Councils, Social Services, Benefit Agencies, doctors, police even, etc. Right now it is getting worse & the government are stirring up hatred, yes, I will use that word. I can actually see it happening, attacks on disabled people, & others on benefits.

    Assumptions are made, & I have to say it, sorry Duncan, that in my experience Social/Dole staff are not caring people. Yes, there are exceptions of course, but many have an attitude.
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    For many years there has been a "Benefit Fraud" dedicated phone number, which to me sends out the message that there is so much fraud that it needs it's own telephone line to report it. The reality is that less than 1% of claims are frauds.
    Maybe they should have a "Tax Evasion" helpline, then moron Cameron and all his rich mates could cover the welfare bill in a month.

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    I do now the figures, but a lot of reports of fraud are people trying to get their own back on someone, or someone who is jealous & thinks that someone on benefits must be a cheater.
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