The cuts have had a huge impact on many peoples lives. The problem is that so often we just don’t know what that effect is! This website is a brilliant way of bridging the gap between those claiming benefits and those who hear ‘skiver’ from the politicians.
I think that there has never been an argument that no one on benefits is de frauding the system. The problem is how so many have labelled the many people who cannot work through either disability or a simple absence of opportunity.
If we can start to humanise the ‘skiver and shirkers’ then perhaps the language used towards them will change as the majority begin to understand that actually sometimes circumstances are beyond our control.
Can we really call someone with a disability a ‘shirker’ when evidence suggests that actually it is often the employers attitudes that cause the greatest problem to their entering the workplace?
Aside from this, in an economy that is not doing desperately well, to call those who are unable to get work due to an absence of available work ‘shirkers’ is creating anger and pain unnecessarily.
Tell my Story, a campaign from Housing Justice, opens up a dialogue that will hopefully force us to look at the situation with fresh eyes. How do we love our neighbour? How do we, as church, support those in our communities out of work? Do we counter the claims made against them in the press and parliament, or do we just keep quiet? Let’s gather more stories and re humanise the most vulnerable and struggling people in our communities.