… I should welcome a new government initiative to combine mental health treatment with job support. According to government estimates, about 260,000 people claiming employment and support allowance (ESA) have mental health problems.
As is typical of the Department for Work and Pensions, however, its latest scheme is ill thought-out. For while current trials are voluntary, the aim is to make treatment mandatory – refuse and you’ll lose your benefits.Well….yes. Why shouldn’t it be so?
Benefits are for people who can't work, not for people determined to do nothing to remove themselves from the category of 'unable to work'...
And that’s the problem. I’ve made some bad choices in life, but they were mine to make. It should also be my choice – as it should be anyone’s – who I open up to about my experiences and when I consider myself ready to do so.
Reliving a rape, for example, is a traumatic process that can unsettle the fine mental balance a person has worked hard to achieve. It can’t be rushed, and should not be subject to the threat of losing what little support and stability one has available.So it’s your choice to live off the state until it suits you, but I presumably am expected to have no choice but to pay to support you?
Under threat of the Inland Revenue taking me to court?
Right now, a person cannot be forced to undergo treatment unless they are considered a risk to their own health and safety or that of others.About time we changed that then.