RESPONSE AND MORE! WESTMINSTER WELFARE REFORM
I am writing with great concern in my heart because of what I have just read.
I understand that the Government are trying to get this right because they really believe in the policies they are putting forward.
However, I would ask you to look at these policies in a different manner, from the perspective of the person having to comply with the legislation.
A whole essentially important point has not been considered!
When looking again at the words, I find there is nothing there to combat negative reinforcement.
You, and your words, are continuing to reinforce traumatic damage with your policies and procedures.
One of the reasons mental ill health is on the rise in this country at such a steep rate is known to be because of the constant expectation on people to tell and re-tell their story of trauma and loss.
Human beings find themselves under extreme oppression constantly anxious and stressed out because they have to repeat and reinforce the negative self-image of their lives to get any support.
You are creating not just a mental-health but a generational physical health time-bomb in this country just because of lack of understanding. You, I don`t think, have ever had to walk in the shoes of those affected
Please, imagine this scenario if you can:
You lose your job, all your wealth and your ability to pay your rent, food, council tax, heating, lighting, bus fares, clothes.
You cannot now afford to get into debt and, in fact, you will not be allowed to because no-one will lend you money for fear you cannot pay it back.
You have no access to the internet because your local library has been closed due to a funding crisis.
You are at risk of being evicted from your property because you cannot pay your mortgage or rent. You have to get food vouchers to go to a foodbank.
You cannot sign-up for Universal Credit and you cannot get a job because you are now considered a pariah or benefits scrounger or you are over 50 or under 25 either too young or too old to do responsible well-paid work, useful to society.
When you go to agencies who are there to help you either get told to sign-up for Universal Credit on line or you have to go through your story over and over again till you get listened to. You are not trying to cheat the system you are just trying to survive. You know, the survival of the fittest nonsense!
You end up on the streets begging for pennies, after all how else are you going to survive.
You are now self-medicating because you have to survive. What little you do get is now being mis-spent because you have to survive.
It is human nature to want to survive!!
Mentally what do you think happens??
Self-esteem goes, self-worth, self-respect disappears. You are forced to live as the lowest of the low, base human level!!
Violence and conflict happens!!
Stress and anxiety make you mentally ill. The neurology of your brain changes and goes into perpetual survival mode!!
Mental trauma drives you beyond what you can normally cope with. Complex PTSD!!
You will do anything to survive!!
You get abused!!
You abuse yourself mentally and physically!!
There is very little opportunity or hope there that your situation can or will change!!
If you do recover it takes years and it is never complete because you always have that fear of everything that has happened to you at the back of the brain in the Amygdala!!
If you are a child or young person who is growing up in poverty in any of the above situations, the outcomes can be worse and that fear in your Amygdala, well it lives with you all your life!!
Your physical health suffers because
a, your body is suffering, and
b, because your mind is suffering!!
THEN YOU HAVE TO TELL YOUR STORY TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME.
YOU HAVE TO TELL IT IN A WAY THAT WILL ALLOW YOU TO SURVIVE, WILL GIVE YOU FOOD TO EAT, PENNIES TO PAY YOUR BILLS, AND A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD.
YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO RELAX THOUGH!!
YOU ARE VICTIMISED FOR NEEDING SUPPORT!!
YOU ARE CONSTANTLY TOLD HOW WORTHLESS YOU ARE, YOU ARE CONSIDERED TO BE USEFUL ONLY AS A VOLUNTEER, FOR LOW PAID WORK OR UNEMPLOYABLE!!
YOU COULD HAVE OBTAINED THE BEST SKILLS IN THE WORLD BUT BECAUSE YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH HELL AND SURVIVED YOU ARE CONSIDERED WORTHLESS AND YOU START TO BELIEVE IT!!
THIS IS REALITY!!!
Now multiply this set of circumstances by the millions this situation affects on the planet and you will understand what I and others mean by a mental health time bomb!!
I am not trying to be antagonistic. I have walked in similiar shoes!!
I have also tried to be there for others in similiar situations, as have many of my colleagues and friends for the last ten to twelve years.
It is time for those who do not get heard to be heard!!
I am trying to open hearts and minds to consider what is being done with welfare from a different perspective!
THERE IS A MUCH BETTER WAY!!
I believe humanity is at a fork in the road:
We can carry on in our madness of greed, envy, unfair competition, avarice, violence, obssession with money and all material things, theft, war, destruction, until there is nothing left of humanity;
The bible comes up with the right answers every time, we can
Love our neighbour as ourselves
Respect each other
Share the world`s resources among everyone fairly
Care for each other as families and communities used to
Stop stealing and lying
Be open, honest and accountable in our dealings, for example not squirrelling millions away in tax havens, there is no need, you are just making money worthless, it is of no benefit to you or the world, just think about it.
Promote peaceful ethical competition that brings people together rather than the destructive type.
BRING HOPE, FAITH AND LOVE BACK
Work together for the benefit of the whole community
LIVE IN PEACE!!!
We all have the choice individually and collectively!!!
WE ARE AT THE CROSSROADS OF A NEW ERA!!!
I am pleading for a change of culture that will allow true investment in people.