Citizens Advice Scotland is criticizing the employment and support allowance (ESA) scheme by saying that around 70% people who go to the body to seek information do not meet the requirements for the benefit and win their case on appeal.
According to Susan McPhee, acting Chief Executive of the organisation, the centre reported in 2009 that the scheme was ‘unfit for purpose’ and there is no need to do amendments.
She said, “We are still seeing case after case across Scotland where people are being found fit for work even though their illness or disability restricts them from any type of work”.
Forty-one-year-old Gavin Herbert from Glenrothes underwent a surgery in June, in which his left lung was removed after he was detected with lung cancer.
A tumour is still present in his right lung and he is also suffering from emphysema. On Saturday, a medical test will be conducted to make sure that he is not fit to work.
The irony is that the people who didn’t consider him under ESA are those who will do the medical and who told Royal Mail that he was not healthy to work. Gavin was granted ESA, after he appealed against DWP’s decision.
He expressed anger over the system and said the officials have treated him as if he was a liar.