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Capita training pack’s stereotypical claimant

Benefits and Work has obtained a training pack issued to personal independence payment (PIP) health professionals, part of which presents a depressingly tabloid view of sick and disabled claimants.

One section of the pack explains what evidence should be gathered about a claimant’s ‘Social and occupational history’

There are just 283 words in this section. Yet 160 of those words focus on exploring the claimant’s use of alcohol, tobacco and recreational drugs and their possible gambling habits.

The pack explains that:

‘Good evidence can be obtained during this part of the assessment for justifying descriptors 7, 8 and 10, so explore claimant responses as far as possible, i.e. if claimant likes to bet on the horses or football, he is likely to have skills in working out odds, read and interpret results, follow race/match on radio/TV/Internet (this all relates to activities 8 and 10). if he places bets by phone this could relate to activity 7.’

Activities 7, 8 and 10 are:

7. Communicating verbally.

8. Reading and understanding signs, symbols and words.

10. Making budgeting decisions.

We don’t know if the training material was created by Capita or provided for them by the DWP.

But what we are certain of, is that if this had been a pack about assessing the health of say teachers or doctors, the first example of a social activity that would have sprung to the writers mind would almost certainly not have been betting on the horses.

Comments  

#6 Shitmagnet55 2015-10-24 19:17
Something had seriously got to be done!!! These people must have vast God complex !!!!
+1 #5 shimtoan 2015-10-24 10:53
Quoting Cobhireland:
Can't believe how sneaky they are. You are almost worried about posting anything online unless they deem this as evidence of being able to work. If George Orwell got things right, we can expect more and more such covert tactics in the future.

1984 as a warning, not a blueprint. Point out the "blue" part of that sentence...
+2 #4 Cobhireland 2015-10-21 20:29
Can't believe how sneaky they are. You are almost worried about posting anything online unless they deem this as evidence of being able to work. If George Orwell got things right, we can expect more and more such covert tactics in the future.
+4 #3 GoingOffMyHeadWithThisGoverment 2015-10-21 03:39
Quote:
Quoting GoingOffMyHeadWithThisGoverment:
What next. I can't for the life of me think were they come up with all this drivel


A quick glance at the Tory press and the likes of "Benefits Street" should be enough to answer that particular question. A daily diet of hysterical, evidence-free propaganda designed to brainwash the terminally gullible into supporting the dismantling of the welfare state.
I see your valued point tintack. (Guttersnipe crap) and know doubt more and more too come.
+8 #2 tintack 2015-10-21 00:44
Quoting GoingOffMyHeadWithThisGoverment:
What next. I can't for the life of me think were they come up with all this drivel


A quick glance at the Tory press and the likes of "Benefits Street" should be enough to answer that particular question. A daily diet of hysterical, evidence-free propaganda designed to brainwash the terminally gullible into supporting the dismantling of the welfare state.
+5 #1 GoingOffMyHeadWithThisGoverment 2015-10-21 00:07
What next. I can't for the life of me think were they come up with all this drivel, the nest option will be if you can breath then no benefit.

You just couldn't imagine what nonsense will be coming next.

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