Help should be there for those who merit it

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I have worked hard for 34 years contributing to national insurance and therefore the benefit system to support those in need. through no fault of my own I had an operation which had life changing impact on my physical and mental wellbeing and has led to depression and anxiety. I struggled to continue to work until my illness became overwhelming and I couldn't work. I have supported myself using all my savings desperate to not be a burden on others.

i have exhausted my saving and now receive contribution based ESA. Because my husband also works hard in his job and supporting my recovery in his down timevwe are about £500 over the threshold per year so my benefit will stop in November if I am not able to return to work I will get no further help. I know I'm lot alone in this situation but I feel let down by the new system. 

I asked the question at an assessment not that I'm implying I'm more deserving than anyone else more that I don't get why I'm less deserving.  If my husband and I didn't work had never contributed to the benefit system or worse the benefit system had contributed to national insurance on our behalf would we both receive benefits, council tax reduction, rent or help toward our mortgage, free prescriptions, free eye tests and glasses, free dental treatment and no end of help in other ways.  The answer was of course yes

 

how in anyway can that be a fair system. Why can't benefits be based on merits as well as means. I.e. When they really need it Help those who help others!



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