This powerful film about the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) was produced by Tyneside Mind in collaboration with their service users, whose experiences of the WCA are represented in the film by actors. Many people find the process of going through the WCA difficult and distressing, and this is very much reflected in the representation of the process in the film. The fact that so many people continue to find the WCA process so stressful, insensitive, inaccurate and unfair shows that we need urgent reform.
Staff from Mind the mental health charity handing out copies of the Daily Stigma newspaper outside Victoria Station, London. The Daily Stigma was produced to set the record straight about welfare reform. It counters misleading media coverage of benefits claimants that paints them as scroungers and cheats.
Ministers have insisted welfare reform will protect the most vulnerable. But the Guardian has seen a memo from senior jobcentre management that acknowledges changes to the benefits system could have 'profound results' for vulnerable claimants. The Guardian spoke to both Julie Carwardine and Richard Sykes about the financial and mental impact of losing their benefits.
This is a silent film. In memory of those we have lost, in hope for those who remain. You may find this film upsetting and don't feel you have to watch all of it.
1 in 6 of us has a disability, and any one of us could need social security at any time in our lives.
We all want to believe that social security measures are in place so that we will get the support we need if sickness or disability means we can’t work, or that we need money to cope with the extra costs we might face. In the UK we are very lucky to have a system that is intended to offer this kind of support.
This report examines the impact of the government’s austerity programme on local government, with evidence from national data and local case studies. The most deprived areas have borne the brunt of the cuts. On one key measure, the most deprived English authorities have had a level of cut nearly six times higher than the cut experienced in the least deprived areas.
Thousands of people with mental health problems have spoken to Mind about their journey and the same issues arise again and again. This report is about the challenges they’ve faced in work, with the benefits system, and with back-to-work support.
100 miles - BPS Leicester to BPS London
5 days - 17th to 21st August 2015
3 causes - The benefits system / homelessness / Food poverty
Join us to walk from Leicester to London to raise awareness of social policies that are leading to psychological distress.