Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/722/14690

From The Socialist newspaper, 13 June 2012

From pillar to post: reassessment for ESA

Paul Harrison, Bristol

Last September I found myself on incapacity benefit. But just weeks later, the government's Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) told me I had to re-apply for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

I was told I had been placed on work-related ESA and that the amount I receive would be the same as I received on incapacity benefit. They also told me to attend the Jobcentre Plus for a work-related interview, where I was put on the Work Programme.

Next I was passed to JobFit, who only exist at the end of a telephone. They called me and said I was to be transferred to an outfit called Seetec. Are you still with me?

On arrival claimants were lectured about not wearing hoodies or using mobile phones. They said they had no budget for training: my heart sank as I wanted to attend a course at my local college.

I was, however, given a "personal adviser". Don't hold your breath. Within five weeks Seetec changed my personal adviser four times, leaving me feeling very stressed, and my doctor had to double my levels of medication.

Seetec wasn't a placement, rather a holding pen for job-ready employees who are looking for work that isn't there. Nobody at Seetec spoke to me about the barriers I might face in trying to re-enter the world of work. I was just dumped on a computer and told to look for a placement myself.

I understand the Con-Dem coalition has spent 5 billion on the Work Programme. For older workers like me, once you're on the adult Work Programme, companies like Seetec have you on their books for two years, during which time you cannot choose to leave.

So what did I learn? If you're on ESA and are pressured into volunteering for the no-work programme, don't bother. It's a con. Unscrupulous companies (and we've all heard about A4e) line their pockets from the Tories' 5 billion hand-out, while the poor are treated like pawns in this unsavoury game.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 13 June 2012:


Socialist Party news and analysis

No to austerity! - Turn anger into action

NSSN conference agrees call for one-day general strike against austerity

Leveson: contradictions and a crisis of credibility

No to local government pensions deal

The class divide in elderly care

Fast news

Them & Us


Socialist Party youth and students

Youth Fight for Jobs national meeting

My workfare nightmare

From pillar to post: reassessment for ESA

Super-rich Beecroft targets workers' rights


International socialist news and analysis

Spain: bank bailout can't stop Euro death-spiral

Wisconsin Recall: Democrats paved the way for Walker's victory

Kazakhstan: Oil workers jailed by rotten regime

International day of support for political prisoners in Iran

Threat from far-right in Greece: Time to build defence committees


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Tamil protest scores victory as Rajapaksa cancels speaking engagement

Bolton Uni: Reinstate Shana Begum!

Greece comes to Southampton

Olympic's sponsor exploits workers

West Lancs Against Cuts


Socialist Party workplace news

Sheffield recycling centre strikers supported by 90% of public

Council admin workers in Kirklees strike against cuts

Olympics - a fair deal for transport workers

Coryton refinery closure protests

Striking against academies

Workplace news in brief


 

Facebook   Twitter



Home   |   The Socialist 13 June 2012   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Bookshop






Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter



Related links:

ESA:

triangleESA under the cosh

triangleGovernment welfare cuts: No to sanctions!

triangleThe Con-Dems' Machiavellian cuts

triangleCold, cruel cuts: Fight the Con-Dem attacks

triangleThem & Us

Incapacity:

triangleThe Work Programme isn't working

triangleWelfare Reform Bill:- Lords compromise is no victory

triangleFighting for disabled people's rights

triangleStop the Welfare Reform Bill - fight all cuts to benefits and services

Employment and Support Allowance:

triangleThe 'hardest hit' are being hammered - fight all cuts to benefits and services

triangleThe Hardest Hit march and rally

A4e:

triangleReverse social care sell-offs

triangleProbation workers unite to fight off no-justice vultures

Bristol:

triangleBristol North and East Socialist Party: The Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, and TUSC

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

3/8/15

Leeds

Thousands gather at Leeds Pride

31/7/15

Socialism

Book your ticket for Socialism 2015!

29/7/15

Glasgow

Striking homelessness workers win

29/7/15

Huddersfield

'Prevent'ing terror or preventing opposition?

29/7/15

London underground

Back tube strikes

29/7/15

Austerity

Anti-austerity protests from Northumberland to the 'English Riviera'

29/7/15

Jobs

Coal closure costs 700 jobs

29/7/15

Housing

Workplace news in brief

29/7/15

TUSC

Campaigns news in brief

29/7/15

Austerity

Help fund the party that fights austerity!

29/7/15

Nottingham

Nottingham rehab unit campaign

29/7/15

Workers

The menopause: breaking the taboo

29/7/15

The Socialist

The Socialist summer schedule

29/7/15

Cardiff

Wales: Stop the Bedroom Tax evictions!

28/7/15

Socialist Party

Media coverage of Socialist Party's statement on Corbyn

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

triangle29 Jul Tory cuts and attacks on unions imperil workers

triangle29 Jul Striking homelessness workers win

triangle28 Jul Corbyn's support shows anti-austerity message is popular

triangle27 Jul Blairites' terror at popularity of left-wing ideas

triangle23 Jul Determined mood to defend the unions

triangle23 Jul Anger at the 'Labstainers' - Labour's lack of opposition to attack on...

triangle22 Jul Demo of protest and anger at Suruc attack

More ...

triangle3 Aug Leeds Socialist Party: LGBT + equality

triangle4 Aug West London Socialist Party: Socialism is international!

triangle4 Aug Harrogate Socialist Party: Capitalism and mental health

triangle5 Aug Salford Socialist Party: Hungary in 1956

More ...

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Find us on Facebook

Archive

Categories

1-9 

1-9 


Archives:

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice