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Reposted from the Guardian

Mandatory reconsideration of fit-for-work appeals can pitch claimants into a Kafka-esque maze, leaving them penniless and hungry, an MPs report notes

Tucked away in this week’s work and pensions select committee reporton employment-related disability benefits is a section on an innocuous-sounding policy called Mandatory Reconsideration (MR).

Its blandness hides a host of Kafka-esque sins, however; this is truly a monstrously perverse and bureaucratic generator of poverty and stress.

Here’s an example of one claimant’s experience of being caught up in the strange limbo-land of MR, taken from research by Citizens Advice Bureau:

 

It has affected me badly. Financially I am struggling – when I pay gas, electricity and bedroom tax I have nothing left. I sometimes don’t have enough money to buy food. Sometimes I go hungry. Sometimes I just have toast as it’s cheaper

 

So what is MR and how…

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