Bankers’ bonuses, disability payments and real need

Letters to The Guardian

Guardian Letters, 22nd May 2012

Restricting the disability living allowance (or the personal independence payment) to “those who need it most” must seem to many right now to be entirely reasonable. But this policy accepts that the 500,000 scheduled to be denied help, although not the people who need it “most”, will nevertheless be genuinely “in need”. Another blow for the offensive claim that “we are all in this together”.


Restricting bankers’ bonuses to those “who need it most” might help redress the balance, and give Atos a useful damage-limitation opportunity (Paralympics sponsorship: Controversial Atos deal defended by organisers, 22 May). Bankers in line for bonuses could be subjected to the renowned Atos assessment process that disabled people are undergoing, and required to show that, if they were denied their bonus, the degree of hardship they would suffer would be equivalent to the level disabled people have to show to get financial help.

To ensure equity, those who showed such extreme personal hardship would retain the equivalent of the DLA/PIP but be required to donate the rest of their promised bonus to help fund DLA/PIP for the 500,000 scheduled to get nothing.
Dick Allwright

• Oh the irony! I read your article on Atos support for the Paralympics while sitting with my client waiting on an employment and support allowance tribunal and thought of comparable sponsorships: crack houses sponsoring drug rehab, Cosa Nostra running a prisoner resettlement scheme, and, of course, payday loan firms facilitating workshops on budget management. The tribunal? Yet another Atos rejection overturned. I won’t tell you how many wins in a row that is, you wouldn’t believe me. This time, not unusually, the client was placed in schedule 3, the higher support group of ESA, acknowledging his high level of need. I won’t say what this guy has suffered, you might be having your breakfast.
John Byrne
Oxhey, Hertfordshire

The Guardian

3 thoughts on “Bankers’ bonuses, disability payments and real need

  1. DAVID A SHAW says:

    Yes in fact why not go the whole hog, and put every single damn Mp , hanger on, monarch etc etc to the same level of testing of need that disabled claimants have to go through. Of course ATOS can do this, as they would then be able to take all the money from those who do NOT deserve it and give it to those who do, but then i woke up out my imaginary dreamworld.

  2. jeffrey davies says:

    thats us all suffering at this hands of atos we now whot each other has to go through just to get our benefits .but with the dwp moving the goal post we win tribunel only to find out you being time limited after working most 30 to 40 yrs how ironic they let us win only not to get any money justice that is not for the working man its something made for the rich jeff3

  3. Humanity 2012 says:

    It is Not the Facile Feckless and Patronising Soundbite of ” We are all in this Together ”
    or the Drivel of the Big Society but Constitutional Protection for the Welfare Benefits
    of the Poor and Vulnerable

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