The destiny of almost 550,000 benefit claimants currently considered unfit for work due to severe sicknesses such as cancer is in the balance as it surfaced that Iain Duncan Smith is preparing a fundamental alteration to the welfare system. The work and pensions secretary is pushing to abandon a part of the benefit system that assists the unwell of newly born sicknesses get back into employment. These individuals are cloaked by the terminology work related activity group (WRAG) and are considered as being competent to work in the future.
They are compensated with benefits if they carry out training or practice interviews.
A few people discover that they can lead an almost normal life during chemotherapy. They may feel ill during therapy but recoup swiftly amidst treatments. They may discover they can get right back to their normal activities as they start to feel better. If a person is taking chemotherapy pills at home, they may notice extremely minor alterations to their everyday life. They may be able to do a day’s work and carry on their normal social life. A few people accomplish working part-time or just between therapies. They may discover that working helps them to cope with the cancer and distracts them. They may favour to cease working while they are having their therapy. Each person is very different, and it is best to do whatever a person perceives is right for them.
As well as feeling ill bodily, it is not strange for people to have ups and downs emotionally. It can be hard coping with a diagnosis of cancer and having therapy. So a person may discover they have good and bad days. Recognize that there isn’t a right and a wrong way to be.
A person may feel fatigued during chemotherapy. This is quite normal. It may be due to the medications itself and one’s body battling the cancer. Absence of sleep. Being unable to eat properly. A fall in the red cell count (anaemia). Having a lower white cell count than normal, as the immune system is having to work harder. If you usually seem to have a lot of strength, feeling fatigued all the time can be hard. It won’t be easygoing.
Being overtired may make a person feel sick, and one will usually find it more difficult to cope, but a person must to listen to their body and rest or sleep if they need to. Some people will feel the necessity to limit their activities, and may be required to ask their family or friends to assist with tasks if conceivable. Don’t battle with your tiredness. Take a moment to lay down, and if you have a job, one might have to decrease their hours during their therapy.
How people feel on chemotherapy varies such a lot that they would have to see how they feel. Nearly all people will require time off work for the sort of chemo they have through a drip (intravenous chemotherapy). However, a few people manage to go to the hospital, have their chemotherapy treatment and then go on to work. A few people are required to spend time in the hospital to have their chemotherapy. They will without doubt require a little time off work.
Nevertheless, it is understood that Duncan Smith wants to disperse the group. That is currently made up of 546,770 people. Such a movement would demand a reconstruction of the entire benefits system. The cabinet minister is said to be worried that only half of claimants on WRAG are coming off benefit within three years, and that hundreds of millions of pounds are being bound up in management of the benefit, including the work capability evaluations and appeals method.
It is feared that the defenseless people in that assembly would be coerced to enter the dole queue and be at the clemency of the sanction policy, under which claimants are deprived of benefits if they are not present at enough interviews or make attempts to attain a job. It is a concern that if Duncan Smith gets rid of the WRAG group and states that all these people are fit to hold a position, that will veer them into job support allowance claimants, and we will have all these people who they are consuming money on attempting to get them into work, who are realistically at no time going to get into employment and whose conditions will have been made worse.
Iain Duncan Smith is already under fire over the government’s new universal credit welfare scheme, through which benefits will be rewarded to those in and out of work in one payment, and last September the £2.4 billion scheme was characterized as being badly administered and riddled with significant IT difficulties, and that the expense could increase by hundreds of millions of pounds.