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Albert Schweitzer is attributed with the saying “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate”. There is a ring of truth to this quote, which applies to all who are caught in the web of deceit weaved by the DWP. I am talking about the regular monthly visits to the smiling Assassin at the Jobcentre you and I are forced to endure and upon which our benefits depend.
Is it just me, or am I being cynical in suggesting that our alleged “advisors” (smiling Assassins) are trained to appear sickly sweet and understanding on the outside, whilst disguising thier cold and calculating innercore? I don’t know about you but I am always wary about what I say to my “advisor”. During my last visit I was rather surreptitiously probed for information relating to my health, with particular reference to what my Doctor had to say about my condition during my last consultation with him. I chose not to comment saying that was entirely the business of my G.P. and reminding my “advisor” that they were there to assist me In seeking training and supporting me into work rather than prying into my personal life.
These people will tell you they are not making notes of what you say to them, they are not making judgements, they are not making observations, if this is the case then why mention it.? The best advice I can give you is reveal nothing of a personal nature, if they ask you about your current state of health tell them to speak to your G.P., when they say they are just making conversation just do what I do and say in a proud voice. “You may say what you will, but my relationship with the DWP has not been good in the past and try as I might I can not bring myself to trust or have confidence in confiding in any one of you. Please feel free to try and change that perception”.
Bear in mind, these people are trained to interrogate you and will whenever possible extract every useful morsel of information they can. Keep your visit short and sweet, don’t volunteer an information, wherever possible answer yes or no, do not be drawn into conversations about how you feel, constantly be on your guard. Remember, these people will make notes on your personal file and will look for inconsistencies, so do what I do and carry a concealed dictaphine (they cant search you) and refer carefully to it when you are making your own notes about your visit at home. Keep accurate records, this may be useful when they eventually stop your benifits and you are forced to take them to a tribunal.
That usually does the trick, whenever you are dealing with the smiling assassin, be firm but fair, and remember, they do not trust you, so its reasonable to treat them likewise.
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