It’s been brought to my attention that page 16 of the ESA Notes Sheet ESA40 04/09 contains this gem:-
You must also tell us if you or your partner (among much else):-
My parentheses and italics.
go away from home, even if it is for a day
Are these arsewipes serious? In what even approximately sane universe does being on benefit mean you are subjected to conditions normally imposed on convicted criminals? And not just the claimant, but their partner?
Are there actually sanctions imposed if someone in, say, the ESA Support Group, as it might be, a seriously disabled person, let’s call them Claimant A, whose life is in the crapper, if they have the temerity to seek a little light relief by going to the seaside for the day? Or to visit friends?
Or their partner is away all day for whatever reason (and WTF does it matter – their partner is not the claimant?).
And how, pray tell, can this obscenity of a condition be enforced? And what constitutes a day? Dawn to dusk? Dawn to dawn, or any other 24 hour period? What?
Who the bloody hell would know if Claimant A went to stay with friends for a day, or a week, or even a month? And who, really, would be so fucking petty and vindictive as to care?
Are checks being kept on them? I see no other way this condition would work – is there an ESA Gestapo lurking in the wings, ready to swing into action when the IB migration is completed?
Are disabled people (and yes, I know this applies to other groups too), actually living in a virtual police state, where everything they do is monitored?
This condition is designed purely to intimidate, and persecute, and can have no other possible function.
That, by any measure, is completely and utterly unacceptable.
January 31 update: I’d just like to make one thing absolutely clear. It doesn’t matter if this rule isn’t currently enforced – and there’s only anecdotal evidence that it’s not – what matters is that it actually exists. THAT should be an affront to very right-thinking person.
And as long as it does exist, you can be sure some bugger will try to find a reliable way of enforcing it and, as I said in a reply to a comment, that could be as simple as following through on Labour’s execrable plan to reward those who inform on “benefit cheats” – watch the net curtains twitch then!