never had to claim anything in my life before, so never looked into these, but my lads got mental issues, is in a local MHU and just turned 18 and sorting these out. from what he says, to me the system seems as tho it chucks money at people for no reason. he may be wrong in what he says so thought id ask on here, just out of general interest.
basically i think he says he gets ESA or summats, which seems to be what everybody on benefits gets? 'employment support allowance' is it?. hes also classed as unable to work due to his mental issues, so will eventually get DLA? 'disability living allowance' possibly? at present theyre looking to get him in some rehab/supported housing where he will be buying his own food. he says he will get a bit more then for that.
firstly, why does he get anything at all now? he's in MHU so is fed and watered, he has clothes, and no bills.
secondly, ok, lets say hes entitled to whatever it is you get when youre out of work. why then would anyone be entitled to a DLA just because youre unable to work? you would have exactly the same outgoings and needs as if you were able to work but unemployed. you dont have to pay out any more bills, buy any more food just cos youre too ill to work. surely you should just get the same as if you werent ill, except you wont be hassled to look for jobs?
he mentioned someone in the MHU who he says has admitted being there just for the mental illness diagnosis so he can claim DLA extra.
can anyone tell me if what im hearing is correct? ive always heard about 'spongers' claiming loads and being on more than people at work, and believe thats probably true, but thought thatd prob be people with a fair few kids.
am i ignorant to whats going on? i made these points to him earlier, about why he should get anything at all when hes got no outgoings (apart from his baccy that is) >-( and he said the social probably feel sorry for people with illnesses, and you have to have a bit of spending money dont you bless. nice caring government.
anyone care to give a quick overview as to how the system works? if only i were prime minister! id save this country m(b)illions!