Jay's Journal

Learning disabled and the #workprogramme. My experience with Mark

Posted on: February 11, 2015

He’s done nothing wrong, the State is doing everything wrong, on purpose!

I'm a JSA Claimant

Last week I attended the work programme for the first time this year.  My part-time Xmas work ended in January so I signed back on – but I was feeling anxious.  For over a year now whenever I attend any place associated with DWP I have found myself struggling. The voice inside my head starts to shout and I often start physically shaking. It’s ridiculous and frustrating but sometimes I cannot write my own signature as I struggle to hold a pen. This has been going on since my benefit sanction in December 2013.

A few things have changed since I last attended the work programme; there is a new manager, fewer staff and they have moved into a new building. The place is small with six computers available. Staff desks are mingled between the spaces available to ‘clients’.  The old manager filled the walls with quotes meant to motivate, but this…

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