The disability system is blocking people like Jaki from their benefits – literally

The disability system is blocking people like Jaki from their benefits – literally

Those most in need are being refused benefits because their disability means they can’t physically get to their assessment.

If you want a symbol of Britain’s benefit system, Jaki would be it. The 36-year-old spent her 20s in Essex grafting – taking on any job to provide for her four children, even shelf-stacking for 60 hours a week. By 25, she started to get sick – the joint condition Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and the constant pain of fibromyalgia, on top of epilepsy – until she could barely walk.

 

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