European Social Charter
European Committee of Social Rights
17. Article 12 .Right to social security
Paragraph 1 Existence of a social security system ……………….
The Committee concludes that the situation in United Kingdom is not in conformity with Article12§1 of the Charter on the ground that:
the minimum levels of short-term and long-term incapacity benefit is manifestly inadequate;
the minimum level of state pension is manifestly inadequate;
the minimum level of job seeker’s allowance is manifestly inadequate
From the Facebook page ‘Atos Miracles’
“I had my ESA assessment today and I feel totally degraded. I have had them before and they have always been difficult but this particular one was the worse I have ever felt. I understand they have to ask specific questions but when I explained that my meds sometimes it takes me longer to process the question The situation ended up where I felt like she was the judge and jury and I was on trial.
My day to day is so poor because of my mobility and my pain and I always try and stay positive but today broke my spirit and it broke me. I truly understand why people give up and do not have the fight to prove how they need help. I have gone through so much hardship in my life and today A lot of those feelings came rushing back. I literally broke down today and haven’t stopped and that is not me. Assessor are experts to help us not break our souls.”
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This was posted today on the facebook page ‘Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)
<When I was working I honestly believed we looked out for the most sick and vulnerable in our society. Since I have become ill I have seen the truth. Every single department wants to offload your case onto someone else. My social worker has dropped me this morning as I ‘have no needs she can fulfil’ I cannot press the buttons on my PEG feeder, but that is a healthcare issue, the district nurse team won’t do it cause it is a care need, so while they decide who to help me I slowly starve to death.
I am left daily in fear and no one gives a damn.
I have tried to find help, since last May, my husband is away and I am alone and no one wants to help me.
What a truly horrible world we live in.
This country should be ashamed of itself.>