Who is Olivier De Schutter, I hear you ask.
I didn’t know who he was either until I did a bit of research after reading a post by Mike Sivier over on the Vox Political blog
It made me feel sick … to read that a mentally ill man was reduced to eating a paste of flour and water.
I’ll say that again EATING A PASTE OF FLOUR AND WATER!!!!!
All this is due to mandatory reconsideration by the DWP. Basically; DWP say you are fit for work (and it IS the DWP that make that decision not ATOS or anyone else) you appeal that decision and DWP carry out a mandatory reconsideration (your case is looked at by yet another unqualified DWP employee, allegedly unconnected with your original claim)….there’s no time limit on this review by the way. They can take as long as they like to carry it out.
In the meantime, you can claim JSA. You try to do that, but they say you are not well enough to be actively seeking work so you exist with no money in the meantime.
When I read Mikes post, I thought, this CANNOT be right; expecting people to manage with no money for food etc. It MUST be a breach of Human Rights… and it is
“The right to have regular, permanent and unrestricted access, either directly or by means of financial purchases, to quantitatively and qualitatively adequate and sufficient food corresponding to the cultural traditions of the people to which the consumer belongs, and which ensure a physical and mental, individual and collective, fulfilling and dignified life free of fear.”
and this is where Olivier De Schutter comes in. He is the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to food
You can actually write to him if there have been “violations” regarding the right to food.
I honestly think that if the individual or those involved with them wrote to him about things like benefit sanctions and mandatory reconsiderations, leaving those individuals in a position where they were unable to purchase food, then action would be taken against this inhumane government, who see fit to deprive it’s citizens of one of their most basic rights.