A 65-YEAR-OLD gran who’s had two hip operations has told how bungling Universal Credit staff asked her to attend a job interview for the Army.
Lindsey Thorpe said: “You just can’t make this up.”
“I couldn’t believe it when the offer came through. I mean I’m not actually fit for the battlefield.
“I’ve got a walking stick and have had two hip ops plus a knee op. I don’t think my surgeon would be pleased.”
Lindsey, of Hyde, Greater Manchester, added: “I realise it’s just a mistake or automated thing but it just shows what a joke they are.”
Another Twitter user had a similar Department for Work and Pensions request.
David said: “I was sanctioned for refusing an interview as a trainee lifeguard. I was 65 with chronic arthritis and heart disease.
“I can’t swim and have a fear of water after witnessing, as a child, 2 friends drown. Apparently I declined to apply for acceptable employment.”
A DWP spokesman said: “We issued a general update making claimants aware of a virtual Armed Forces Careers fair, clearly marked ‘only reply if interested’.
“It is deeply disappointing this has been misrepresented in this way.
“Notifying claimants of available opportunities is a vital part of what we do to help people find work.”
Universal Credit was introduced by the government in 2013 to try to simplify the benefits system.