The other side of benefits fraud

The media make a big deal about “benefits cheats, who fake disability to claim benefits. However, what is more worrying to me is the opposite, those hiding illnesses to keep working, as the Glasgow bin lorry incident is demonstrating.

The consequences of Tory cuts means that some are inevitably seeking work even thought they are simply not fit to do so. But given the caps on benefits, they see themselves as having no choice. And its worth remembering that the Tories have also instituted a policy of harassment of disabled people in an effort to get more into work, regardless of whether its in their best interest.

In short there is a reason why we had these rules regarding benefits to those who can’t work. And the consequences of what happens when you take them away played out very dramatically in Glasgow last Christmas.

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