Being on Benefits is a blog written by a small group of people who are on incapacity benefits in the UK, mostly for mental health problems or chronic invisible disability.

We are sick of the way that politicians talk and the media writes about us as scroungers, fakes, and people who are just too lazy to work. This ignorance and prejudice has very real negative effects on the lives of millions of people around the world, but the disabled and depressed are easy targets. We’re finding it hard enough to get by as it is.

Lots of blogs speak up for the other groups The Daily Mail and the rest of them like to bash – immigrants, gay people, you know the kind of thing. But we’ve become frustrated with how few take up the media on their assault on people with disabilities, and particularly invisible disabilities like mental health problems, chronic pain, and ME.

We’ll examine the myths surrounding being on benefits, and the outright lies the media and politicians tell. We’ll tell you what life on income support is really like, and why various people who suffer from depression, or PTSD, or chronic illness are unable to work (or at least, to work enough to get by and not become more unwell).

We don’t expect the Daily Mail or the government to be listening to us, but we hope we can open a few people’s eyes, and provide a space for people in our position to have a voice.

Here’s the story of being on benefits when, like the vast majority, you’re not a benefits cheat or an “economically unproductive” scrounger – the side the press isn’t interested in presenting.

We’d like to share your experiences too. If you’d like to contribute, you can leave a comment, or email us at beingonbenefits AT googlemail.com

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