The Department for Work and Pensions spent International Day of Persons with Disabilities declaring their vocal support for disabled people on social media – which went as well as could be expected.
Twitter users were unsure if the DWP were joking when they pledged to light up their channels in purple to support Purple Light Up, and the contribution of disabled individuals both personally and to the global economy.
The Twittersphere couldn’t have been less impressed with the gesture however, citing the DWP’s terrible track record on supporting disabled people, with many bringing up the “nightmare” that is Universal Credit, welfare cuts, and work assessments which have been heavily criticised in the past.
Take a look at some of the best replies to the DWP’s apparent hypocrisy below:
If only there was something else you, the dwp, could do to support disabled people
— sir spooky halloween goblin (@SirSandGoblin) December 3, 2018
Being transferred from DLA to PIP apparently improved my incurable, degenerative MS so much, DWP say I no longer need a car to maintain my independence. It's a miracle !
— GillianFTaylor (@GillianFTaylor1) December 3, 2018
You should perhaps use this day to reflect on all the pain suffering and deaths you caused with the p.i.p scandal. Then perhaps when you realise how evil that was you will sort out the current universal credit fiasco that is also causing similar devastation, have a heart ♥ x
— Nefilian xxxxxxx (@Pippaprice3) December 3, 2018
So, on the international day of People with disabilities, are you willing to take on board the UN’s findings into your violations of the human rights of the disabled? Or are you that callous? Celebrate the day of the disabled by actually doing something about it!
— Luanne 🎄☃️🎁 (@CafeLatteLu) December 3, 2018
It's interesting to see the DWP invest so much into acknowledging Ben's disability to promote their own agenda but if Ben lost his job tomorrow & ended up on benefits they'd invest a lot more effort in pretending he didnt have one.
— Des (@Desmond_Curley) December 4, 2018
Sorry but are you having a laugh ? Your department causes untold amounts of stress and harm to those who have enough going on as it is.
Welcome to another self pat on the back, tick box, patronising exercise
— Bren🚇🌈🦖 (@Woof1972) December 3, 2018
How does your organisation benefit from your inclusive approach to disabled people which denies, delays and deters claims to PIP and Mobility Allowances, the very benefits which are needed by many to get into the workplace, or to simply participate in society?
— Karen Whelan (@krsxyz) December 3, 2018
Image: Tweet from @SirSandGoblin