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I see ‘I, Daniel Blake’ is on tv tonight. I have an autistic friend who I have gone to benefits appeals with & I can tell you the reality really is this bad. #IDanielBlake
The judge and ‘medical expert’ were shockingly ignorant about autism. The Judge said: “it says you are autistic but you are clearly very intelligent.” As if they’re opposite.
They didn’t know what sensory overload was; they didn’t understand panic attacks; I had to intervene and explain was autism is because they seemed to know nothing at all about it.
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I own it. - Thread.

I had a job with a good salary, I was healthy and happy. I followed media and would hear people grumbling about benefits.

And in my head I would shout 'don't like it get a job'! Yes, I was 'one of those'.

Never having experienced the welfare benefits system I was naive, foolish, gullible.

In 2007 everything changed, rapidly. By 2009 I was unable to work. My physical disability did not sit well with me, this wasn't me, this wasn't going to be me. I was determined to get better,
Return to work. That didn't happen, I became depressed, suicidal and I took an overdose. Had to be resuscitated twice (in part I still wish they hadn't bothered).

I have had to fight and endure the humiliation of justifying my existence and literally beg for help from the state
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Thread. So you might have seen #IDanielBlake last night and were shocked by it. I've been campaigning for approx 5yrs against the inhumane DWP system
I've seen it all, women and children eating the tins of food that we've given them outside the Jobcentre because they were starving. They hadn't eaten properly for days.
This is the system that was created purely to punish the poor for their own poverty. It kills people. People die. People commit suicide because they can't see a way out. In reality there isn't a way out. Universal credit ensures that you stay in poverty
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1 It's not a documentary. But to see how closely #Idanielblake matches reality, let's have a look at some details from the UN report on poverty in the UK:…
2 Impact of the delay in receiving universal credit - based on a study on its roll out in the North East.
3 Impact of sanctions in the universal credit system, based also on research
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