Man With Leukaemia Told To Find Work By The DWP

Being dead is the only criteria it seems for not being fit for work.

I know what it’s like to be forced to work until you are almost beyond living. When you’re finally allowed benefits, you’ve become so ill that there is no quality of life left for you. Only endless nights of hardly any sleep, and days longing for the sleep that won’t come.

I hope that this situation is resolved for Mr Ward, so that he can get on with the ‘job’ of looking after himself whilst he hopefully recovers.

Same Difference

A man with leukaemia who doctors say is too sick to work has been told by the Job Centre that he is not doing enough to find a job.

Michael Ward, 59, of Southowram, says he has been told by Job Centre officials that he is not sick enough to claim Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and is not entitled to Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) because he is not actively seeking work.

Mr Ward has lived with chronic leukaemia for 18 months and was diagnosed with severe arthritis in his left knee in 2012.

“I’m getting fed up of the Job Centre rejecting me all the time because of what I’ve got,” he said. “I can’t cope with getting a job and they say I’m fit for work – which I’m not.”

“I keep trying to explain to them, but it keeps going over their heads – they’re trying to push…

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