The flowers are irrelevant but thought they’d brighten up the site.
Now I know that I have been foolish in the extreme, but boredom with The Telegraph, forced me to peruse the Guardian. Yes, I know, I should have known better, but I did discover this article here.
Since the reform of the Sickness Benefit system, whereby the medical profession were not deemed suitable to assess the fitness or otherwise of claimants, this has now been computerised with a points system in place.
Searching questions are asked: do you clean your teeth regularly? If you answer yes, you are in danger of being assessed as having the necessary self disciple and manual dexterity for work! One unfortunate who was registered blind was told that he just missed out; had he been deaf too, he would have accrued the necessary points!
More than half the applicants who are refused benefit are appealing the decisions and the tribunals are backed up for months and it’s costing millions. Meanwhile, they have precisely nothing on which to live. Now I am sure that the system was abused by a percentage of these people, but this sounds like complete chaos.