Sitting in the House of Commons and debating subjects like Benefit Sanctions is frustrating to say the least.
Debating with people who’ve never been unemployed but instead, with their privileged backgrounds, have had jobs handed to them…makes me want to scream.
But, I do know what’s it like to be unemployed and looking for work. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I’ve experienced living on benefits and I know that the way to get people into work is to support them, understand them and build their confidence, not to attack or threaten them and certainly not to take away the means by which they feed and clothe themselves and their children.
The rhetoric used by many in the House of Commons to describe those claiming benefits is beyond negative, it vilefies innocent people, those in our society who are in most need, These people need a helping hand. They deserve to be treated with diginity and respect, not stigmatised.
To make matters worse the DWP is now sanctioning working people who are in receipt of Universal Credit, hard working families who are strectched to the limit trying to pay the bills every month.
Frustrating as it is, I am going to keep challenging the government on these heartless policies and the ruthless decisions that they make.